Things to Know
Updated: Jan 20, 2019
I wanted to take a minute to explain what needs to happen before and after your acupuncture appointment, as well as tell you why it's important.
The first thing I'd like to address is exercise. Feel free to workout before a treatment, however, working out afterwards negates the affects of acupuncture. It fatigues the body as you expel all your energy, causing exhaustion.
On the subject of fatigue... unless you want to get a terrible hangover it's best to completely avoid alcohol after a treatment. Alcohol flows in the bloodstream: acupuncture invigorates blood and oxygen supply. The two together means that one drink without a treatment will feel more like 2-3 drinks. So, I cannot say this strongly enough: I absolutely do not recommend drinking in any quantity after your appointment.
Drinking water, however, I highly encourage! Acupuncture can work as a very mild detox so water helps flush out toxins that have ben set loose, it also helps ground and balance the body.
And lastly: showering. After a treatment, your pores are open and toxins continue to leave your body. When you shower, you're bringing toxins back into your body! Think of it this way- the first thing touched by the shower water is your chest cavity... and your lungs sit in your chest cavity. You're actually running the risk of giving yourself of a cold if you shower right after a treatment! So - very sincerely - I warn against post-treatment showering. Routine as normal the following day, though, no need alter that.
One way or another though, acupuncture treatments shouldn't be a cause for concern or stress. Simply put on some comfy clothes and come see me! Come in in your pajamas even, I don't mind! You'll feel better for it, I promise.