Benefits are the whole reason for doing anything.

For acupuncture they include:

  • Lower stress
  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Mental clarity
  • Better digestion

Side effects are things that were not intended, but appear anyway. Some are pleasant, some are nor pleasant but are insignificant compared to the real benefits.

  • Healing crisis. The symptoms get worse before they get better. This occurs in many areas of life. Confused and depressed patients initially feel more depressed as their confusion lifts, but become less depressed as the increasing clarity allows them to sort things out. Frozen or cramped muscles feel painful when they come back into action, but this is a sign that the bod is moving again.
  • Fatigue: Feeling ‘wiped out’ after an acupuncture session is a sign that you already need rest. After a good night’s rest you will feel better than you did prior to treatment.
  • Muscle spasm: sometime a muscle will twitch after or during an acupuncture session, even if that muscle wasn’t being treated. This doesn’t appear to pose any threat.
  • Light-headedness. Rather rare, but not unpleasant. Eating before the treatment will all but prevent this. As long as you don’t drive this shouldn’t pose a problem.
  • Emotional release. Actually this is part of the aim of the treatment, not a side-effect. If you experience an emotional release it is because you needed it. The penned up emotion was affecting you, even as you did not know it. It should not be as much of a problem after that.

MJ Clinic has massage centres at Burwood, Concord, Homebush, Strathfield.