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Is it normal to feel sore during and after an acupuncture treatment together with bruises?
Acupuncture is a very safe method of
encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function,
people feel a brief stinging sensation, like a pinprick, during
insertion of the needles. Others experience a dull ache or soreness
needle after it goes in. Bruising is a fairly common occurrence at
certain acupuncture points.
A side effect that I have seen in my own practice is the original
symptoms worsening for a few days after an acupuncture treatment.
Sometimes other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination
patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause
concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is
starting to work. My teacher explained it to me like this: Acupuncture
is smoothing out blocked Qi (energy) that is stuck in areas of your
body. When a garden hose gets a kink in it, the water stops flowing.
When you straighten the hose, the built up pressure makes the water
burst out in the beginning. This is what can happen when you first have
This initial pain should
wear off within 24-48 hours and you will then notice if the acupuncture
has improved your condition.
Speak with your
practitioner about the discomfort you felt from the needles. He or she may be
able to change his or her technique and the type of needles used to
eliminate the pain.
Please discuss what you have been
experiencing with your
acupuncturist. Your comfort is a priority. The more you
with the practitioner, the more he or she will be able to help you.