Acupuncture is widely known for its ability to treat many symptoms and illnesses.
Acupuncture needles are very fine, sterile and single use. Most people just feel a little pinch or nothing at all as the needles are inserted, especially when high-quality Japanese needles are used which is what we use in our practice. Once the needles are in, they are comfortable and do not hurt, a state of deep relaxation occurs and most people even fall asleep, making it an enjoyable experience.
How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine, there is a system of meridians or channels that flow through the body, similar to the circulatory system, or the nervous system of the body. Qi (pronounced chee), our life force or energy, is what travels through the channels. When there is illness, disease, or a feeling of malaise, acupuncture points along the channels can be used to stimulate the qi and return the body to a state of equilibrium and wellness. Each acupuncture point has a specific effect on the body, as do different combinations of points. A skilled acupuncturist will choose a combination of points to treat you that will help you feel better right away.
According to Western medicine there is scientific proof that it works, but exactly how it works is still a bit of a mystery. Scientists have been able to determine that acupuncture seems to have both a local effect at the point of insertion of the needles, and a systemic effect on the whole body. Locally the needles relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote circulation. Systemically acupuncture helps regulate the function of the nervous system, circulatory system, endocrine system and immune system. It also regulates neurotransmitters in the brain, inducing a feeling of calm and well-being. In short, it affects our whole body and multiple systems.
What is a typical course of therapy?
Your licensed acupuncturist will discuss the best course of treatment for you and how many visits you’ll require based on your particular needs. In general, a course of therapy is 10 sessions. Sessions are usually administered weekly, although bi-weekly treatments in the early phase may be recommended if your symptoms are severe or acute. For chronic conditions most people require more than one course of treatment. Duration of treatment depends on how long the disease or symptom has been present and your current state of health.
Can I come in if nothing is wrong?
Wellness treatments are a great way to stay healthy, resolve issues you might not realize could be treated, and help you feel your best. A good acupuncture treatment will make you feel lighter, brighter, relaxed and energized. Your practitioner will assess you at the time of your visit, in case there are issues you did not realize could be resolved with acupuncture such as insomnia, allergies, menstrual cramps, poor mental concentration etc. Wellness treatments can be less frequent and you can discuss a treatment plan with your acupuncturist to help keep you feeling your best. Another benefit of establishing a relationship with a licensed acupuncturist is that if some health issue comes up such as a cold, sinus infection or muscle sprain, you can come in right away for a treatment to take care of the issue quickly.