Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine practice of penetrating the skin with fine metallic needles. Practitioners believe that the human body has over 2,000 specific acupuncture points that are connected by pathways that allow energy, or Qi, to flow throughout the body. It is believed that disease, illness, stress, and other discomforts are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy. Acupuncture uses the insertion of these needles to manipulate the body’s Qi and restore balance to the patient’s body, this in turn, improves the flow of energy and the patient’s overall health and wellbeing.
Does acupuncture hurt?
When done by a licensed and qualified acupuncturist, no significant pain should be felt during treatment. Minimal discomfort may be felt as the needle is inserted into the body, followed by a heavy or dull sensation as the needle is applied to the pressure point and the Qi is manipulated.
If done improperly or if a needle is misplaced, then pain may be felt during and after treatment.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the body’s central nervous system, helping to encourage proper functionality of the body’s systems and promoting good health and wellbeing. Once the acupuncturist has located all the sources of blocked Qi and successfully manipulated the points to allow proper flow, the needles are then removed, and an overwhelming feeling of relief is felt by the patient. Treatment can vary depending on the patient’s condition from several minutes to over an hour, however typical treatment last an average of 20 minutes.
Needles are not the only tools used in acupuncture. Heat, friction, suction, electromagnetic stimulation, and pressure can also be used to restore proper flow to the body.
All needles must be sterilized and fall under the FDA’s single-use standard to prevent any infection.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Studies show that acupuncture can treat numerous conditions, even those of chronic illness and addiction. Other conditions that acupuncture can treat but are not limited to include:
- Chronic Pain
- Repetitive strain
It is important to speak with your primary care provider before scheduling an acupuncture appointment as acupuncture is not for everyone. After an examination and your doctor’s approval, seek out a professionally license-qualified acupuncturist for treatment. For more information on how acupuncture can help you, contact Integrated Oriental Medicine today.