The side effects of acupuncture (although very rare) may be bruising, minor bleeding, feeling light-headed, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasm.  They should only last for a short time.  Always hydrate yourself after treatment to minimize these side effects.  

 We strongly encourage patient to eat something (even a light granola bar) before receiving acupuncture treatment.  The reason is that without eating anything, patient might faint after the treatment due to significantly lowered blood pressure. 
 You should not receive treatment when excessively tired, hungry, shortly after sexual intercourse or drinking alcohol.