Before, During and After Acupuncture Treatment

Our regular treatment procedures are as follows: Treatment takes about 1 hour. To achieve the best results for our patients, we not only give a standard acupuncture treatment just with needles, but we also give Ping’s Meridian Massage, Dr. Lu originally created this unique techniques for children, prior to acupuncture. While acupuncture focuses on deep, specific acupuncture points, Ping’s Meridian Massage helps reach a much wider surface area, promoting  blood and energy to flow freely. When both techniques are used together, the results are more effective than single one. For pain management, the acupuncture with electrical stimulation is more effective than needles only.  Precautions are as following:


Before treatment

  1. It would be okay to have a light meal but do not eat too much or you may feel uncomfortable while lying face down during the massage. Avoid acupuncture on an empty stomach. Being hungry could make the body weak and more sensitive. Eating some snacks before treatment is recommended.

  2. Working out is fine before treatment. The meridian massage and acupuncture will help relax the mind and body after exercising.


During treatment

  1. For the best results of distress, please turn off your cell phone.  You should relax, stay peaceful and quiet during treatment.  To relax the body and mind, during treatment try to stay still, being nervous could cause the body to tense up and be more sensitive to the needles while being inserted. If you move some of the needles may fall out. 

  2. Acupuncture is more sensitive on the pain area, joints, tendons and muscles than the soft tissue area. In some of cases, we do acupuncture with electrical stimulation which sends vibrations to the muscle. Most people love the sensation and want to feel as much as they can handle while still feeling comfortable. Usually, the body gets used to the sensation after about 5 minutes and the vibration feels not quite as strong as initially but the electric current doesn’t change. For some people who don’t want the vibration, we can adjust the vibration to keep the same electric current without feeling as strong or even have acupuncture using manual simulation.

  3. Suction cups with heat cause a vacuum and strong pulling sensation initially, but the sensation will lessen over time. This procedure only takes 10 to 15 minutes. Remember cupping will leave marks for a few days.

  4. For some people it is normal to feel congested or have a running nose while lying face down. After the treatment this will stop after turning face up.  


After treatment

  1. Acupuncture occasionally causes a little bleeding after taking out a needle, but by us applying pressure the bleeding will stop and won’t cause any problems.

  2. You should take your time getting up slowly from the treatment table so that you won’t feel dizzy from lying face for so long. It is helpful to turn face up for about 5 minutes after treatment. Then stand up slowly to avoid blood pressure imbalance, occasionally resulting in dizziness.

  3. Since the treatment works on circulation, energy flow and detoxification, afterwards, you should drink plenty of water to flush toxins and acidic wastes out of your system. An apple cider vinegar drink is also recommended, mix one tablespoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and drink it 2 or 3 times that day. 

  4. The same day after treatment, avoid heavy physical activities, cardio exercises, hot yoga and swimming. You can do these activities before treatment or wait until the next day. Walking 30 minutes or doing light stretching to help relieve with pain and stress is fine.

  5. In rare situations, very few people will feel a little weak or the symptoms may worsen before getting better. The treatment speeds up detoxification, increases circulation and rebalances energy flow, so you may feel a little different from before, but it won’t worsen the health issue. Take it easy, relax and drink plenty of fluids and you should feel better in a day or two.

  6. If you take herbs, please take them at least 2 hours apart from your medications and other supplements.  



For more information please call Dr. Lu at (661) 513- 9265 in Ping’s Acupuncture & Herb Center