Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the use of sharp, thin needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjust and alter the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns, and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that originated in China over 2, 000 years ago. It’s used for many conditions, such as pain, digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety, and nausea.
DOES THE TREATMENT HURT?
One of the most common questions we hear from our patients is, “does the treatment hurt?” or “what are the needles like”? When the needle first goes in there’s usually a slight pinch or no pain at all. They’re typically inserted 2 mm and 1.5 cm into the body.
And if you’re afraid of needles, don’t worry. We want you to feel free to tell us how you feel about the use of needles in order to WORK WITH YOU during the treatment. There are many ways to get around this fear. A key point to understand is that the needle is manipulated until a mild sensation or tingling is felt in the area around the needle.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
Before we even start working with you we ask about your health concerns, your lifestyle and your well-being. We personalize the treatment by feeling your pulse and looking at the tongue, which reflect the interior condition of the body. For example, the center of the tongue is linked to the digestive system.
Most people are surprised to see how thin acupuncture needles really are. Typically, 6 to 12 needles are used in a treatment. They’re inserted into acupuncture points in the body, which are invisible lines of energy flow called meridians.
HOW LONG DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT LAST?
Once the needles are in, you’re usually allowed to rest for anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. With some styles, needles only need to be left in for seconds.
And if you have to move, let’s say if your toe is itchy, just tell us. At the end of the treatment, the needles are removed. The needle is usually removed so quickly you hardly feel anything at all.
AFTER YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
After the treatment, the most common feeling is being relaxed but some people feel energized. Take a few minutes to rest, drink some water or herbal tea, and you’re ready to get on with your day.
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