What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture treats a very wide range of health conditions. It has been recognized as a viable healing modality for over 40 conditions by the World Health Organization (WHO). These conditions include but are not limited to the following:
Blood pressure regulation
Colds & flu
Pain: acute & chronic
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most common medical therapies used in the world. It is safe and simple, effective health care. The acupuncturist inserts thin, sterile, disposable needles into specific areas of the body in order to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal itself. An increasing number of scientific studies have proven acupuncture to be not only exceptionally safe when performed by a licensed acupuncturist, but statistically effective.
An acupuncturist views health and sickness from a perspective of “vital energy” (“qi”) and the balance/imbalance of that energy. From this perspective, energy is distributed along pathways within the body called “meridians” and “channels”. The acupuncturist inserts needles into specific points along the meridians to redirect and adjust the flow of energy. This helps the body to heal itself.
How does it work?
No one knows for sure, and it is likely that there is no one answer. Whether viewed as a result of chemical/ hormonal processes, movement of bio-electricity, stimulation of the central nervous system, ‘placebo’ effect, positive thinking, or the manifestation of qi, acupuncture works.
Does it hurt? Are there any side effects?
Discomfort, if any, is usually mild, and is far less than what people have come to expect from hypodermic and IV needles. The most common sensation that many people report is a feeling of heaviness or aching around the needles. This is a signal that the energy has arrived at the needle and that the point is doing its work. The patient usually relaxes and often sleeps while the needles are in from anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour or so. The needles are then removed and safely disposed of in a medical sharps container.
When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is safe and effective, with no negative side effects. A sense of relaxation and well-being often occurs during and after treatments.