What to Expect After Acupuncture

What to do after acupuncture and/or cupping


How will I feel afterward

While acupuncture is a safe and effective form of traditional medicine, people still are unsure what to expect after acupuncture. Many patients experience what we like to refer to as “the AcuZone”, where you may feel a sense of euphoria, and tremendously relaxed. You might have a hard time focusing for a few minutes.  All of those things are normal, we encourage you to get grounded by taking some deep full breaths, connecting with the ground, and drinking plenty of water.  But most importantly, enjoy the relaxed stress-free feeling you get and embrace the positive feelings. You will notice less pain and an overall sense of well-being.

After your treatment, you may experience thirst, so make sure to drink plenty of filtered room-temperature water. During treatment, toxins may have been released and you want to continue the detoxification process. Try to avoid cold beverages.

Although not always possible, we recommend staying away from stressful situations and long periods of screen time. Allow your body and mind to receive all of the benefits of being in a restored state. This is what to expect acupuncture.

Can I work out afterward?

Listen to your body! If you feel energized, use that energy for productive activities like gentle exercise. If you feel like you are so relaxed you could take a nap, lie down, and rest for a moment! Avoid high-intensity exercise directly after treatment, as this can diminish the positive effects of treatment.

How long will the effects last?

Pain relief can last for a few hours to several days after your initial treatment. This is the usual on what to expect after acupuncture. With continual treatments, you will notice that the pain levels will decrease over time and even be eliminated. Acupuncture is not a quick fix, the benefits accumulate with continual treatment. (Please see the treatment plan below) It is common for people to have an excellent night of sleep after acupuncture, and sleep will continue to improve over time with consistent treatments.


Is there anything else I should know?


  • Allow extra time to relax after acupuncture.
  • Allow extra time for a nap or sleep…
  • Sometimes, you may feel unusual emotions arising. This can be from the release of trapped emotions.
  • Allow emotions to flow openly, and just be with what is. Increased elimination of toxins can occur through more urination and increased bowel movements. This is a good sign that your body is processing what it needs to get rid of. Drink plenty of purified water, and eat healthy food.

What should I avoid after being treated?


  • Intense physical activities
  • Extremely hot temperatures like a sauna or steam room
  • Coffee, alcohol, and drugs
  • Ice packs, unless directed by your practitioner



You will feel better after one treatment, and it is important to remember that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are most effective with continual and consistent treatments.

The closer together the treatments are, the more effective they become and the fewer treatments you will need to restore your health.

Your healthcare provider at New Vibes will create a treatment plan customized to your specific needs in order to get the best possible outcome. Once the symptoms of the initial health concern have been eliminated, it is important to address the root of the problem so it does not return. This is the corrective phase of the treatment plan and is best addressed by coming in for treatment 2-4 times per month. After the underlying issues have been corrected, maintenance treatments or 1-2 times per month are recommended to maintain an optimal state of health and vitality.

New Vibes offers membership programs that save you money and ensure that you receive the best treatment plan possible for what you need.

Reach out to our clinic with any questions you have about your experience.