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What Will I Feel Like After an Acupuncture Treatment?

One of the unexpected effects for many patients is the feeling of calm after a treatment.

While it’s not always the case, the majority of acupuncture treatments leave the patient relaxed and much calmer than when they arrived.

Patients often ask why is it that acupuncture sessions leave them feeling relaxed and peaceful with a sense of wellbeing. It has everything to do with how acupuncture works. The insertion of hair thin needles in acupoints releases a flood of warm fuzzy neurotransmitters and neurohormones including dopamine, serotonin and GABA, popularly referred to as the body’s natural tranquilizer. Most patients relax deeply or even fall asleep in an acupuncture session.

The feeling of relaxation continues after the treatment is over- it can even last, to a lesser extent for a few days, depending on the stressors in a patient’s life.

 

I know personally after an acupuncture treatment, I am happy to get a cup of tea and slowly reengage with the world. Sometimes I feel that my energy, after a treatment, is more inward and quiet may be even a tad groggy. If you are you are familiar with Shavasana at the end of a yoga class, it’s a similar feeling.

Let me know what your experience has been like or what other questions you have, leave a comment below.

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  • James

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  • Jack Mulligan

    I always figured that you would be sore or tense after an acupuncture treatment, not relaxed! I’ve always been curious, but the thought of the needles scares me. Maybe it’s time I got over my fear and gave it a try so I can get some deep relaxation in my life. http://www.rosechiro.com.au/services

  • Jaque Christo

    I’ve never done acupuncture but all my friends swear by it and I’ve been meaning to try it. I have constant migraines and am always exhausted due to not sleeping and stress. Is that something acupuncture could help with? I will have to look for one in my area and finally make an appointment. Thank you for the post.
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