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Aftercare Instructions (Medical Acupuncture)

Aftercare Following Acupuncture Treatment

Thank you for choosing Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic for your healthcare needs. This page provides you with essential aftercare instructions to follow post-treatment. The guidelines aim to maximise the effectiveness of your acupuncture session and ensure a smooth recovery.

Immediate Aftercare

Acupuncture is a safe procedure, allowing you to resume your normal activities immediately. However, for optimal results, we suggest the following:

  • Rest and Relaxation: Taking it easy for a few hours after the treatment is advisable. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy exercise, or excessive stress.

  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins that may have been released during your acupuncture session.

  • Nutrition: Stick to light and easily digestible foods. Avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least 24 hours post-treatment.

  • Temperature Sensitivity: You might feel a little colder or warmer than usual. Dress in layers to manage any temperature fluctuations.

Symptoms to Monitor

While the majority of patients don't experience any side effects from the treatment, there are occasional minor occurrences, such as:

  • Slight Bruising or Redness: It's common to have minor bruising or redness at the needle insertion sites - this is usually harmless and disappears within a couple of days.

  • Mild Aches: Some people experience mild aching or tenderness after the treatment, which generally resolves independently in a few hours but occasionally persists for a few days.

  • Emotional Sensitivity: Emotional release is not uncommon following an acupuncture session, especially if the treatment has been successful. This will settle quickly.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Serious adverse events are extremely rare. Consult a healthcare provider or return to the clinic if you experience:

  • Severe or prolonged pain at the insertion sites

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness that doesn't resolve

  • Breathlessness or discomfort in your chest

  • Any signs of infection, like increased redness, warmth, or swelling at the insertion sites

Follow-Up Appointments

Dr. Eoghan Colgan may recommend a series of follow-up sessions based on your treatment plan. Consistent appointments are often essential for chronic conditions and can significantly contribute to long-term relief and well-being.

Additional Support and Questions

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.


If you have specific concerns or questions related to your aftercare, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at or call us on 07843278752.

Thank You

Thank you for trusting Clarkston Acupuncture Clinic with your health and well-being. We look forward to your next visit.

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