What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points located throughout the body. These points are located along meridians where the energy of the body flows. Depending on your specific needs or conditions, the needles will be inserted in different spots. After the needles are in, you may feel a surge of energy or a achy dull sensation, but they are painless for most and is a relaxing treatment. The energy surge is known in acupuncture as qi (chee) or life giving force. it encourages healing and is a safe and effective form of health care.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
The needles used in acupuncture treatment are hair – thin and are for the most part painless and barely felt. The patient will usually experience an unusual sensation at the site of insertion, like a surge of energy or an electrical flux. This surge is known as obtaining the Qi or “life force” and is a positive sign. Most patients that have acupuncture experience a great sense of calm and relaxation during and after an acupuncture treatment and many even fall asleep during the process.
What Happens In a Treatment?
Before beginning an acupuncture session, we will look at your health history to come up with a plan. Typically this will include acupuncture sessions as well as herbal, dietary and lifestyle recommendations to further help healing depending on your specific body. Each treatment following will vary according to how your body is changing throughout the healing process.
How Long Will I Need Treatments?
Treatment protocols are created specifically for an individual, so there is no set answer. The brilliance in Chinese Medicine is that it is designed for your specific needs and body. Chronic conditions tend to take longer than acute ones and some people may come for only a few sessions whereas others may choose to continue for a long time. For the most part, noticeable differences take place after three to five treatments. Acupuncture works on a deep level within the body and its effects are long lasting and the need for treatments decreases as the body heals. Most patients experience a deep level of relaxation and an overall sense of well being during and after an acupuncture session.