Why Brides Might Want to Try Acupuncture

What do knowledge do you have about acupuncture? Is your only impression of acupuncture a vague image of someone with needles jammed into them in random spots? Obviously, that isn’t all there is to acupuncture and it is a proven remedy for stress, weight loss, emotional balance, and well being – all things that a bride must have going into her wedding day. The following tips will help you understand acupuncture a little more to see if it is for you.

Expect to feel a sensation of heaviness or lightness in different areas of your body. This is entirely normal and is caused by the stimulation of your nerves. You should focus on this sensation and relax as much as you can. You should not fight these sensations to get the most out of your treatment.

When determining which acupuncturist to use, make sure you find out whether the person is NCCAOM certified. This certification indicates that the doctor took an exam and finished a comprehensive program. While it is not a guarantee that the acupuncturist will be the right fit for you, it is a good start.

There are few negative aspects to acupuncture as an alternative therapy, but one important one is that there are no guarantees the treatment will be effective. While it is rare, but soreness and bruising may occur, and it is also possible to get an infection if sterile procedures are not carefully followed.

Make sure the acupuncturist you go to performs painless acupuncture. Painless treatments are very popular in the U.S. but pain can actually play a part in relieving your stress or treating your health problem. You should not try these treatments until you know more about acupuncture and are ready to try a more advanced treatment.

You shouldn’t have anything alcoholic to drink before treatment. Acupuncture is something that helps you clear up your mind so that you can have more clarity. The use of alcohol, tobacco or caffeine can make treatment more difficult and less effective. If you overindulged the night before your appointment and are feeling the alcohol, you might consider rescheduling your appointment so you can reap the full benefits.

If you feel pain during an acupuncture session, let your practitioner know. A small prick is normal when the needle is inserted, but you should not feel anything beyond that. More intense pain can mean that the practitioner hit a nerve, and this can cause you to experience adverse side effects if it is not immediately addressed.

It is always important that you feel comfortable with the person preforming acupuncture on you. Being uncomfortable and remaining tense through the treatments can end up being counterproductive to your therapy. Find an acupuncturist that you feel totally comfortable with and once you do, stick with that person. You can even give other people referrals.

Acupuncture rarely is painful in any way. The needles used in acupuncture are very thin. You can barely see them with the naked eye. Because of their small size, they often do not hit nerve endings and you will feel no pain. Even when they do hit a nerve, they are so small you barely feel it.

You are hopefully feeling more at ease about taking a trip to the acupuncturist. Many websites offer introductory deals at a great price for first-timers. If you are a bride and looking for an out-of-the-box method for relieving muscle problems, or to find stress relief, you might want to give this a try.

William Sanai
William Sanai works at Perfectly Made Weddings as an Assistant Wedding Coordinator.
William Sanai


  1. Thank you for your article on the application of acupuncture for reducing the stress and anxiety of the wedding planning process. I am an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in Albany, CA and am in the early stages of creating a package specifically catering to the busy bride and/or the busy groom. I wonder if you have any insights on the forums or venues in which to make prospective clients aware of these services? Would there perhaps be an opportunity to write a follow-up article to this current one, from the perspective of a recently married acupuncturist?

    Many Thanks!

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