Acupuncture treatment responses:
1. Gradual progressive improvement in your symptoms
2. Marked improvement of your symptoms followed by a gradual return to the presenting condition
3. Marked exacerbation of your symptoms, followed by a gradual return to your presenting condition.
4. No Response to the acupuncture treatment.
In general the 1st 3 responses are actually considered favorable and can be modified to improve your response with subsequent treatments. Certain patients will not respond to the acupuncture inputs, if no response is obtained after 3 sessions it may be recommended that acupuncture therapy be discontinued and further medical evaluation be performed.
In addition to your general medical history it is important that you let your practitioner know if:
You have ever experienced a fit, faint or funny turn
You have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants
You have a bleeding disorder
You are taking any anti-coagulants, such as warfarin, Coumadin, plavix, aspirin.
If you have damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection.
You are being treated for or have any known blood bourne infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV etc.
Post acupuncture treatment recommendations:
You should rest the remainder of the day and avoid overexertion. It is recommended that you abstain from vigorous physical activity, avoid heavy meals, excessively rich or sweet food and drink. It is also recommended that you avoid very hot, very cold alcoholic beverages and sexual activity for the remainder of the day of treatment. Extremes can distract from the integration, duration and depth of the acupuncture treatment.