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The Big Thing You Should Expect From Your Acupuncturist

​If you’ve never been treated by an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist, it can be hard to know what to expect at your initial appointment. In most cases, seeing an acupuncturist will be a vastly different experience than visiting your MD for a check up. You can browse websites and read about an acupuncturist’s education, certifications, techniques, and specialities. But, what really matters is how you personally connect with your practitioner. Here’s a checklist of qualities you should expect from your acupuncturist/herbalist:

  • A compassionate listener
  • A motivating coach
  • A wise advisor
  • A dependable guide
  • A loyal teammate
  • An honest friend

​And your acupuncturist should provide an environment that allows you to open up and be yourself in a safe space.

In my practice, I combine the powers of listening, compassion, empathy, trust and respect to provide my patients with a safe space. This means that tears are just as ok as laughs.

Trust is the big one.
​To heal, you must trust yourselftrust your bodytrust your spirit, and trust your acupuncturist.

***Side Note: I didn’t say “Trust your Mind” as in trust your Mind-Body-Spirit. Trusting your Mind (ego) is tricky, but there are ways to keep it in check.***

Just as you should expect these qualities in your acupuncturist, I have expectations of my patients:

  • The truth
  • The whole story
  • A willingness to dive deep into the body-mind-spirit
  • A sincere willingness to heal

Treatments at Indigo can be…

  • ​physical and involve the modalities of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha, fire cupping, nutrition, Chinese Herbs, etc.)
  • emotional, releasing unresolved conscious or subconscious feelings
  • spiritual, fostering intuition and a connection with your higher self
  • involve homework to guide you to resolving the root of your pain/illness/issue

Healing is always a partnership between me and my patient. As a patient, I need you to invest time and energy into healing yourself. I can’t carry the weight of your healing, but I will offer my skills, training, knowledge, and wisdom to empower you to heal yourself.

So, what should you expect from your first visit to an acupuncturist?
Establishing trust to take the first steps on the journey to wellness.

To make an appointment, contact Michelle.

​3 Things to Avoid After an Acupuncture Treatment

Congratulations! You’ve just had an amazing acupuncture treatment that has left you feeling completely relaxed and high on life.

You’re probably thinking, “Wow! I wish I always felt like this! How can I get this feeling to last?”

The truth is, despite how good it feels, only about 20% of acupuncture’s healing power happens while the needles are in. About 80% of the healing effect occurs in the 24 hours following the treatment.

To sustain the healing effect, you must avoid three things 24 hours after the needles come out:

1.  Cold
Cold is the #1 arch enemy in Chinese Medicine:

  • cold air
  • cold drinks
  • cold shower
  • jumping in a cold lake
  • eating cold foods (ice-cream included)
  • sitting in front of a fan blowing cold air
  • drinking a cold smoothie or shake
  • using ice packs on your body

All of these cold things can all counteract the benefits of acupuncture by contracting the flow of qi and slowing down the healing process.

2. Alcohol and recreational drugs
After an acupuncture treatment, your body works hard to transfer the energetics of the needles into acute healing and homeostasis (balance).  Alcohol is warming to the body, yet can significantly alter the 24 hour cycle of qi. Alcohol and recreational drugs disrupt the healing process (and in the case of getting drunk, can completely cancel out any treatment benefits).

Consuming alcohol or getting high after a treatment is effectively wasting your time and money.

3. Sex
Sex is considered an activity that promotes the free flow of qi. However, after an acupuncture treatment, sex can demand too much qi and inhibit healing. It is best to wait until the day after acupuncture to get your qi moving between the sheets.

So, now that you know what to avoid, what should you do during the 24 hours after an acupuncture treatment?

The best thing you can do is rest your body and relax your mind:

  • Sleep
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Make art
  • Write
  • Watch a movie or interesting tv
  • Spend time with friends

Allow the natural high to sink in for 24 hours while your body-mind-spirit take the time needed for healing. 

Needle Free Acupuncture

PictureAcupuncture without needles?

Cold laser acupuncture is now available at Indigo Healing Acupuncture.

It’s absolutely painlesssafe, and effective.

Perfect for kids and anyone who doesn’t like needles.

What does it do?

  • Reduces pain
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Regenerates cells
  • ​Promotes a sense of well-being and calmness

Ready to give it a try?

Schedule an appointment now to see how easy it can be to feel better!