I started acupuncture treatments for the following complaints which I have been experiencing for several years; Insomnia, anxiety, pms, food intolerances, digestive issues.
My body is very very sensitive and when I experience a large amount of stress for a extended period of time, I have the above symptoms. Based on how sensitive my body is I have been following a diet high in non starchy vegetables with proteins coming from fish and eggs. As long as I follow this plan I have no issues but decided to give accupuncture a try to help my body heal faster and to hopefully aid in my digestion so I would be able to tolerate more foods(intolerant to all grains dairy anything processed as well as sugar) as well as to help me deal with anxiety, pms and insomnia which seems to come and go.
I expressed to my practioner that I am extremely sensitive and as a result always need to do less treatments ( must also do this with my chiropractor). She assured me the accupuncture was gentle enough to be done twice a week. I followed her advice. Within a 8 day period I had three treatments. That same week she wanted to do another treatment. Since receiving these treatments I have experienced no relief but a Huge Flare up. Despite eating foods that normally do not bother me I now am incredibly bloated to the point where I look pregnant. It may be worth mentioning that the first accupuncture treatment gave me my period almost one week early. I also have been experiencing water retention and weight gain for no apparent reason since starting these treatments. My breasts have also been swollen since my "early"period and despite finishing it over a week ago. After my fourth treatment I was overwhelmed by a variety of emotions: anger, sadness, agression, anxiety and these were all oddly experienced at once. Since my 4th treatment which was performed this Tuesday my symptoms have become even worse than last week. Despite expressing my sensitivity issues she kept the needles in for an hour which I found odd and on my fourth treatment she had them in for over an hour. She also seems to incorprate a technique where ever twenty minutes she twirls the needles deeper into my body. The points she commonly uses are the inner sides of my ankles, inner area of foot near large toe, the inner sides of my knees, directly in the center of my stomach (vertical), inner and outer wrists, as well as on my scalp.
I have two questions. First based on this information does it sound like I have been overtreated? Secondly will these symptoms dissipate after stopping treatment (I called her and said I will no longer be able to continue the acupuncture), or has she permantly done damage to my meridians?