What is acupuncture
Acupuncture, also known as needle puncture, is a traditional Chinese therapeutic treatment that involves the insertion of tiny needles into the body at specific acupoints. It originates from China and has been practiced in the Orient for almost 4,000 years. In the late 20 century, acupuncture began to spread rapidly in Europe and North America, and started to grow a high acceptance and popularity amongst the general public in the western world.
How does acupuncture work
During the treatment, acupuncture stimulates certain acupoints of your body in order to treat a variety of health dysfunctions as well as adjusting your ability to heal. Acupuncture treatment is usually a continuous program that involves a large amount of repetition and dedication. The cells at specific acupoints get triggered to initiate your nervous system, and to further create a specific healing effect on your body. If the cells get sensitised frequently and effectively, the body will develop a mechanism to heal for itself. Acupoint stimulation can be carried out with heat, oil, pressure or fine needles.
How can acupuncture help me
Acupuncture helps develop and maintain a balance for your body; it improves your body’s functionality and releases the pain from a large range of health conditions.
According to various clinical studies and records, acupuncture has been proven as an effective treatment for a big range of conditions from musculoskeletal and neurological problems, circulatory disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, to immune disorders, psychological disorders, and respiratory disorders. Acupuncture is also highly effective when treating addictions, chemotherapy and radiation side effects, diabetes, dermatological disorders, as well as weight control.
What happens during the treatment
A typical acupuncture treatment involves a physical exam, an assessment of your health condition, your medical history, and your symptoms, followed by the insertion of needles and advice on after-care.
During the treatment, you will be asked to sit or lie down depending on where the needles are being inserted. The acupuncturist uses single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles to stimulate certain acupoints of your body. The needles are inserted from 1 to 1.4 inch in depth depending on the nature of the problem, the underlying anatomy of the acupoints on the patient’s body, and the acupuncturist’s style.
As each needle inserts, the patient should feel no initial pain but a deep sensation when the needle reaches the intended depth. Sometimes the needles get heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion. Once inserted, the needles will remain on your body for a period of time from a few minutes up to half an hour.
Does it hurt
Normally, acupuncture does not hurt. Most acupuncture needles are the size of a human hair; you may feel the needle as they go in, and an electric or aching sensation around the needle or travelling up or down the affected energy pathway when the needle reaches a certain depth. Since everyone perceives pain differently, some may find no pain sensation at all from acupuncture while some experience minor irritation.
How many treatments will I need
Most acupuncture programs consist of up to 12 sessions in the form of weekly or biweekly treatments. However, the length and frequency of the treatments depend on your health condition, your symptoms, and your body’s reaction to the previous treatments. Therefore, some patients with acute symptoms may only need a single treatment, while other patients with mild symptoms or improving conditions may need a series of acupuncture treatment. Regardless of the conditions, patient should experience an improvement on their symptoms or intended goal
What can I expect after treatment
The patient may experience an immediate relief of their pain or other symptoms after the first treatment. This relief may be lasting or some of the symptoms may return depending on the patient’s health condition. Also, there is no reason to worry when no immediate relief shows after the first treatment, as the pain will gradually fade over the next few days.
The patient might experience infrequent and mild side effects such as fatigue, soreness, lightheadedness, or emotional release after your treatment. In rare cases, the symptoms and pain may become more severe; this is called the rebound effect. This pain should gradually dissipate by the next day. The most drastic sensation is often experienced from the first treatment; however, further incremental improvement will show after each subsequent treatment.