Acupuncture has been used in China for at least 2,500 years and is one of the world’s oldest medical systems.
It is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific locations. The insertion of these needles triggers the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, and nudges you toward restored balance and vitality. Acupuncture is safe, effective, and has no side effects or drug interactions.
Does it Hurt?
As the needle glides through the skin, you will usually not notice it. If you do feel something, it is similar to a mosquito bite. After the needle is in place you can feel various sensations, but none of them should be painful.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization created a list of conditions that can be treated with acupuncture based on controlled clinical trials. Here are just a few from that list:
Induction of labor
Low back pain
Nausea and vomiting
Periarthritis of shoulder
What Does the Research on Acupuncture Say?
The National Institutes of Health have supported extensive research on acupuncture and recent studies have found that acupuncture:
- complements standard medical care and relieves pain in treating osteoarthritis
- provides relief for chronic low back pain
- helps alleviate nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
- helps with the side effects of hormone therapy for breast cancer
What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
The acupuncturist begins by asking some health-related questions. Some of these questions may seem unrelated, but in Chinese Medicine, everything is connected. Then the acupuncturist feels your pulse and looks at your tongue. This may be the only time it is actually polite to stick your tongue out at someone! After this, she inserts sterile, single-use needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. Relaxation sets in once the needles are in place. While you rest peacefully, the needles will be doing their work for about 20 to 30 minutes. After the treatment you will likely feel relaxed and revitalized!
Is There Anything I Need to Do for My Treatment?
Yes! Thanks for asking! Eat before your treatment, preferably something with a little protein. The thought of needles can make people a little woozy sometimes. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. The acupuncture points are usually located at or below the knees and elbows, so please wear clothing that is loose enough to access these areas. To make your experience more pleasant, be still when the needles are in place. Please provide a current list of medications you are taking, and keep me informed if this list changes between acupuncture appointments.