What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient medicine-based approach to treating a variety of conditions by triggering specific points on the skin using numerous techniques. These techniques are done to stimulate nerve-rich areas of the skin surface in order to influence tissues, gland, organs, and various functions of the body.
What type of issues does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is said to be useful in addressing a variety of health conditions, including:
What type of treatments should i expect?
Here are some of the techniques used during sessions:
Moxibustion – Also known as “moxa,” moxibustion involves the use of heated sticks (made from dried herbs) held near the acupuncture needles to warm and stimulate the acupuncture points.
Cupping – Glass cups are applied to the skin so that there is a suction effect. In TCM theory, cupping is used to relieve stagnation of qi and blood.
Herbs – Chinese herbs may be given in the form of teas, pills, and capsules.
Electroacupuncture – An electrical device is connected to two to four acupuncture needles, providing a weak electrical current that stimulates the acupuncture needles during the treatment.
Laser acupuncture – Said to stimulate acupuncture
points without the use of needles
How long does a session take?
Although the length of the acupuncture session can vary from a few minutes to over an hour, the typical treatment length is 30 to 60 minutes. The initial visit may take up to 90 minutes.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
You may feel a slight sting, pinch, or ache as the acupuncture needle is being inserted. Some acupuncturists manipulate the acupuncture needle after it has been placed in the body, by twirling or rotating the needle, moving it up and down, or using a machine with a small electric pulse or current. Some acupuncturists consider the resulting tingling, numbness, heavy sensation, or ache desirable in achieving the therapeutic effect but overrall it is a pain-free procedure.