What Is Acupuncture
A family of procedures that originated in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a method of encouraging your body's natural ability to heal itself. It is done by inserting very fine needles and applying manual or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points on one's body. These needles are pre-sterilized and for single use only. The locations and the usage of acupuncture points on a human body for dealing with various health conditions are based on the traditional Chinese medicine theory and practical experience.
How Does Acupuncture Work
The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture is that channels of energy (Chi) run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels are called meridians in acupuncture theory. They are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish organs and tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy channels is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others, leading to illness or pain. By gently inserting needles in a few selected points, acupuncture treatment can help remove the obstructions and restore the flow of Chi. Unobstructed flow of Chi is essential for healing illness.
What is the Treatment Like
Usually you will be asked to lie down. Hair-thin, flexible needles are placed at a few selected acupuncture points. When the needles are inserted you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. Some people feel no sensation at all. Stimulation is typically applied to the inserted needles.
The techniques of stimulation include manual manipulation of needles and weak electrical stimulation. People are surprised to find out that treatment is rather relaxing. Many people fall in sleep during a session.
A treatment session usually takes from 40 minutes to one hour.
Does the Needle Hurt
People experience acupuncture differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain like mosquito bite as needles are inserted; some feels no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.
How Many Sessions Do I Need
The number of treatment sessions needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two sessions a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually three or four visits will take care of the problems. People seeking to quit smoking typically need only two visits.
Any Side Effects
Usually not. As energy redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns may be triggered. These should not cause concerns, as they are simply indications that acupuncture starts working.
Commonly Treated Health Problems
|Arthritis||Back Pain||Bell's Palsy|
|Constipation/Diarrhea||Chronic Fatigue||Gastrointestinal Disorders|
|Gynecological Disorders||Headache/Migraine||High Blood Pressure|
|Infertility||Morning Sickness||Menopausal Discomfort|
|Neck Pain/Stiffness||PMS/Menstrual Disorder||Paralysis/Numbness|
|Stop Smoking||Sciatica||Shortage of Energy|
|Shoulder Pain||Sinusitis||Skin Problems|
|Sports Injuries||Stress/Tension||Vision Problems|
|Weight Control|| || |
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