Yours in Health,
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Traditionally, one should avoid being exposed to water as in don't take a shower, go out without protective wear in the rain, or stand in the water for about an hour after you receive your acupuncture treatment. This is based on the concept that your energy pathways called meridians may have been opened during the treatment and you will want to protect them from getting dampness lodged into your meridians.
There isn't any contraindication that I am aware of for drinking water after a treatment however, the treatment is working with your body and its energy "Qi" system and you may probably not want to alter your body's composition by drinking or eating anything right after the treatment but, you also don't want to be too thirsty or hungry before your treatment.
In Chinese medicine the general rule of thumb is eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty, and sleep when you are tired. But, this is based on someone being in good moderation and able to listen to their body's inner wisdom and not react to sugar cravings, or overindulgences, etc. I hope this is helpful.
Richard Mandell, Lic.Ac.
No one‘s ever asked that before. I usually tell people to drink water or a weak tea, like green tea no sweetener, after any kind of treatment that has the likelihood of affecting your metabolism and or your kidneys. This would include acupuncture. I usually advise not to drink too much right before treatment so you don’t have to use the bathroom while the needles are in!
You should be well hydrated before your treatment, and do make sure to drink plenty of water afterwards. You may be releasing toxins post-treatment even for a couple days. Up to 50% of pain can be decreased just by being hydrated!!
Hope that helps!
You should drink more warm water than usual after acupuncture treatment, which will help you to detox. Do not drink cold water.
Scott Sang In Lee
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