Acupuncture is an ancient technique used to promote health and well being by inserting small needless into different points on the body. In an effort to save their patients money, some acupuncturists have started providing their patients with acupuncture kits to use perform self acupuncture between treatments.
Schedule an appointment with an acupuncturist. It is important to see a professional to learn the proper way for performing acupuncture before you begin. Check your local phone book or search on the Internet for an acupuncturist in your area.
Choose an acupuncturist that encourages self acupuncture as part of his treatment method. You will need an acupuncturist who is willing to teach you the methods and supply you with the needles. This is now common practice at many traditional Chinese medical clinics in the United States.
Familiarize yourself with acupuncture so you know what to expect before your first appointment. Acupuncture can be uncomfortable and scary if you have never done it before, but it is not usually a painful treatment.
Lean how to perform self acupuncture properly by practicing in your acupuncturists office. She will be able to teach you proper placement of the needles based on your individual needs.
Sterilize your needles in boiling water before each use. Using dirty or unsterilized needles for acupuncture can cause infection. You should wear plastic gloves when handling the needles after they have been sterilized.
Consider combining an herbal treatment with your acupuncture. Most acupuncturists will recommend Chinese herbal remedies be used in addition to acupuncture depending on your particular needs.