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Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been practiced for over 2,000 years. According to TCM, there is a natural flow of energy in the body. When you are in pain or feel sick, that is due to a disturbance in your body’s natural flow of energy. Acupuncture is a technique used to restore the natural flow of energy in the body.
Like the yin yang symbol, your body needs to be in harmony. Yin and yang have opposite effects, but work together. When there is too much of one, it counteracts the other and that impedes the flow of energy.
There are 14 meridians, or energy channels, in the body that are associated with the yin and yang organs. Each channel has specific points where thin acupuncture needles can be inserted to restore balance. Some channels have more points than others. The needles are inserted into specific points on different channels depending on which area of the body is being treated.
Acupuncture should not hurt during insertion or removal of the needles. Any discomfort usually goes away after insertion of the following needle. If the discomfort continues, the needle will be removed. Sometimes there is a slight tingling sensation upon insertion that only lasts for a short period. That is thought to be the point where the needle has reached the “Qi” or energy point on the channel. Sometimes you may bleed a few drops after removal of the needles. That is a good sign in TCM, as your bad or stagnant “Qi” has been released.
Acupuncture is a safe procedure when performed by a trained professional. Alcohol is used to sterilize the area of the body to minimize the risk of infection. The needles used are disposable, pre-packaged filiform made for one time use. After use, the needles are disposed of in a hazardous waste container.
Acupuncture treatments vary based on the condition. It’s a good idea to wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes, as most of the points that will be needled are on the arms, legs and back. On your first visit, the certified practitioner will discuss your symptoms and goals of treatment. Five to 15 needles can be used, depending on the area of the body being treated. Most sessions last 15-20 minutes.
Each individual’s response to acupuncture is unique. Some people notice a vast improvement immediately. Others may need more sessions because acupuncture has a collective effect on the body. Most patients should feel confident that the acupuncture is effective after six visits and acute conditions can be resolved. Chronic conditions usually take longer. Most conditions should be treated in 12-15 visits, excluding longstanding conditions such as smoking.
Generally speaking, once your symptoms are gone treatment is no longer necessary. Some chronic conditions may require future treatments if they flare up.
Many people use acupuncture as part of a holistic healthcare plan, or when their condition does not responding well to allopathic medicine. Some patients seek acupuncture as a more natural approach. Pharmaceuticals can have many adverse side effects while acupuncture does not have any of these same side effects.
Acupuncture treatment help people with more than pain, and people have found improvement with acupuncture for:
You may notice a significant improvement the first day after acupuncture treatment, or you may not notice any change. Reactions truly depend on each person and how acute or chronic the condition is. Sometimes you may notice changes in a more subtle or indirect way, like you are sleeping better or you have more energy.
There are few negative reactions to acupuncture. In some cases people may experience increased fatigue or soreness, which usually disappears within a day or two.