Acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-thin needles through your skin at strategic points to either stimulate or relax certain bodily systems or specific areas of your body.
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, the healing technique helps balance the flow of energy, or chi, through the various pathways of your body.
From a medical perspective, acupuncture is an effective way to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissues, thereby increasing blood flow and promoting the release of pain-suppressing endorphins.
Patients affected by a variety of health conditions turn to acupuncture to relieve their symptoms and treat the underlying problem.
Acupuncture is ideal because, unlike medication, it doesn’t come with side effects. It’s also beneficial because a single treatment can address multiple symptoms, which often means fewer doctor visits.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a safe and effective option for more than 40 common disorders, including:
Acupuncture can be used to treat range-of-motion problems, work-related injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and any other type of acute or chronic pain.
Acupuncture is also helpful for many of the most common gynecological problems, including PMS, menopause symptoms, irregular and painful periods, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and fertility and conception disorders.
Whether you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn's disease, you have a painful ulcer, or you simply can’t seem to eat a meal that doesn’t make you bloated or give you indigestion, acupuncture can help get your digestive system back on track.
Acupuncture has proven to be an effective therapy for treating a wide range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, panic disorders, addiction, and insomnia.
An acupuncture session usually begins by letting you know what you can expect — both during the treatment itself, and afterward.
The procedure has three parts:
Needle insertion: Because acupuncture needles are very thin, their insertion is gentle and generally causes little to no discomfort. A typical treatment uses between five and 20 needles. You may momentarily feel a mild aching sensation when each needle reaches its proper depth.
Needle manipulation: Your acupuncturist may also stimulate or calm each acupuncture point, depending on the type of symptom they’re aiming to reduce. They do this either by gently moving or twirling the needles, or by applying heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
Needle removal: Acupuncture needles usually stay in place for 10-20 minutes, during which time you can simply relax. Needle removal doesn’t usually cause any discomfort.
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