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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.