Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.
A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
The risks of acupuncture are low , certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture. You may be at risk of complications if you:
During an acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist inserts very thin needles into specific spots on your body. Insertion of the needles usually causes little discomfort.
Acupuncturists has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. He or she may also closely examine:
This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about a half-hour. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it's common to receive six to eight treatments.
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:
Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.
This is used in conjunction with Body Acupuncture. It is where an electro acupuncture machine is connected to the top of the Body Acupuncture needles. The needles are the stimulated with an electric current. The patient feels a mild, tingling sensation. This is useful for many conditions, but is not suitable for all patients.
This is where small magnets are placed over acupuncture points in the ear or are kept in place on the acupuncture point by using elastic bands for prolonged action. These are very useful for morning sickness or motion sickness. This method is particularly useful for treating addictions such as smoking or alcohol. it is also used in conjun
This is where small magnets are placed over acupuncture points in the ear or are kept in place on the acupuncture point by using elastic bands for prolonged action. These are very useful for morning sickness or motion sickness. This method is particularly useful for treating addictions such as smoking or alcohol. it is also used in conjunction with body acupuncture for the treatment of infertility.
Heat Lamps are often placed over acupuncture needles. This heats the needles and the heat travels down the needle into acupuncture point and then has strong therapeutic effect.
Moxibustion is where small amounts of herb are attached to the top of an acupuncture needle and lighted.