What is Acupuncture?
Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Chinese medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body’s vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi by inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Many people who haven’t tried Acupuncture yet may think that acupuncture is painful, but the truth is it is NOT! Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles. When gently inserted to specific points on Meridians they may produce a unique sensation that Chinese medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.
The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture works by activating the body’s own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions that can be treated by Acupuncture:
- Sport injuries
- Muscle pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Digestive issues
- Chronic Fatigue
- Respiratory Conditions
- Mental and Emotional Wellbeing – Including Anxiety & Depression
- Obstetric & Gynecological Conditions – Including PMS, Painful/Irregular Menses, Menopause, Fertility
- Boosting Immune System