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Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture

-- If you've decided to try acupuncture to help treat pain or another health condition, the first step is to find a qualified, licensed acupuncturist.

Once you've accomplished that, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers this explanation of what to expect during your treatment.

  • At your initial visit, the acupuncturist should ask you about your health history, medications you are taking, and your lifestyle.
  • The metal needles used are extremely thin -- approximately the thickness of a human hair.
  • Most people feel very little or no pain as the needles are inserted into the skin.
  • The way you feel after the experience may vary. Some people have more energy, while others feel more relaxed.
  • Treatments may last several weeks or longer.
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Posted: December 2008