Precautions must be taken if the patient is pregnant, since acupuncture cannot be performed on the lumbosacral or abdominal region during this time. They will also not receive treatment to areas that affect the uterus. The same goes for women who are currently experiencing menstruation.
Before an acupuncturist begins there is always a time to consult and find out what the problem is and what can be improved in the body. Acupuncturists are told not to treat patients that are too full of food, hungry, overly tired, intoxicated and overly anxious or nervous. Patients that have weaker bodies due to complications are given a softer treatment, which involves more gentle needlework and application.
If you have a history of blood coagulation, random bleeding or hemorrhages then the acupuncturist will suggest acupressure instead of needle usage.
Acupuncture is not to be performed in parts that are infected and scarred or places that have tumors or ulcers. It is the acupuncturist’s job to know the exact angle and depth required for the needle at different spots, especially when it comes to areas of the neck, eyes, back and chest, as well as anywhere near major blood vessels or major organs.
During the session, the acupuncturist will insert individual needles to specific points in the body and will twist or turn the needle to create feelings ranging from tension to numbness to heaviness. After each area reaches the desired feeling, the patient will have to rest for a while with the needles sitting in the skin. It is common for patients to have a nap and wake up rejuvenated, due to acupunctures significant effect on the nervous system.
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