Acupuncture Side Effects

During an acupuncture treatment, patients may have a feeling of deep relaxation; some patients may experience a sense of euphoria. These usually resolve with rest within a short period of time after the treatment. Side effects due to acupuncture are unlikely. It is not unusual to notice a change in the symptom as healing begins, even perhaps some worsening of the symptom for a few days. Sometimes a change in appetite, sleep pattern, bowel/urination or emotional state may be noted.

Acupuncture post-treatment

The following recommendations will contribute to the effects of an acupuncture treatment:

  • Do not eat an excessively large meal before or after treatment.
  • Do not exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcohol within 6-8 hours of a treatment.
  • After an acupuncture treatment, plan on resting the remainder of the day.
  • Continue to take your medicines as instructed by your doctor.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse will interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.