Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired, sleepy or lightheaded; and should take this into account after your treatment, especially when driving.
It is also common after your treatment to have a dry mouth or feel dehydrated. You should refrain from vigorous exercise, give yourself (at least) a little time to rest, drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol for several hours. Click here for more information about Acupuncture.
The Detox Effect
Both acupuncture and cupping therapy, work to help balance your body’s energy. Acupuncture does this by releasing stagnant (stuck, blocked) energy along the meridian pathways, whereby cupping therapy is more specifically focused on unblocking stuck energy in the muscles, fascia (connective tissue) and tissues.
When you receive these treatments, a significant part of the healing effect comes from the release of this stagnant energy (the toxins) that are held in your body. These toxins are comprised of years of accumulated dietary “toxins” like; caffeine, sugar, alcohol, wheat, and dairy, residual toxins from antibiotics, pharmaceutical and “recreational” drugs, smoke inhalation, air pollution … pretty much everything that is ever ingested, inhaled, injected; in varying quantities, it’s all in there. … not to mention, accumulated emotional trauma, stuck, “stuffed down”, suppressed, repressed, compounded, however you want to describe it; all the crap you’ve gone through, dealt with, “gotten over”; most of that stuff is there too.
Once this stuck energy is released, you may feel emotional, tired, irritable, nauseous … there is no “normal”, every-body is different; what you experience will be specific to you. Very often, the most overwhelming sensation after treatment, is relief from aches and pains, a feeling of lightness and relaxation. But it is also not uncommon to experience some discomfort.
It’s important to remember, that no matter how you feel afterwards, it IS HEALING, and any discomfort should be temporary, and it will pass.
THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO DRINK LOTS OF WATER AFTER YOUR TREATMENT, SO THAT YOU ARE FLUSHING THESE TOXINS OUT OF YOUR BODY.
If these toxins are released out of where they were “stuck”, and they are not flushed out of your body, they are then free to settle back into your body (i.e. cause dis-ease, discomfort, pain, etc..) in another location. Drinking an adequate amount of fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles; water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level, which is especially important in process of detoxification. Movement of fluids is crucial for eliminating toxicity; HYDRATE!
Possible Effects of Dehydration
💧Feeling tired and/or weak, muscle cramps, muscle twitching, lightheadedness, dizziness, heart palpitations.
💧Dry mouth, eyes may stop producing tears, sweating may stop, decreased urine output, dry skin, dry eyes.
💧Nausea and vomiting.
💧Anger, anxiousness and irritability.
💧Pain in the liver, low back pain, chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, low back, arms, and knees.
💧Headaches, migraines, headaches which pulsate through the eye.
💧Chronic phlegm, obesity, swelling, edema, poor digestion, acid reflux.
How much water should YOU drink?
The formula for daily fluid requirements depends upon an individual’s weight. Normally, fluid and weight are calculated using the metric system; however, below is the approximation in imperial (American) units.
This is the basic body requirement. More fluid would be needed to replace excess sweating from exercise or fever, fluid loss from vomiting, and diarrhea or increased urine production.
Body weight: Daily fluid requirements (approximate)
10 pounds: 15 ounces
20 pounds: 30 ounces
30 pounds: 40 ounces
40 pounds: 45 ounces
50 pounds: 50 ounces
75 pounds: 55 ounces
100 pounds: 50 ounces
150 pounds: 65 ounces
200 pounds: 70 ounces
Cupping Therapy aftercare:
You may feel fatigued the day after cupping as your body processes the toxins released. Drink plenty of water to help eliminate toxins from the body. Avoid exercise, showers and saunas immediately following your treatment. In general, listen to your body, take it easy and rest.
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