What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
In a typical first visit, you will talk about your medical history with your provider and establish your most critical complaint or concern. There is an elaborate intake interview to get an idea of how your body is working on the whole. Your provider will check your pulse and look at your tongue for a more specific analysis. An acupuncture treatment will be provided as well as any accessory techniques (cupping, moxibustion, tui na, etc.) your provider feels would be necessary to your treatment.
How does acupuncture work?
Chinese medicine would explain that energy (Qi) flows through channels in the body that connect with major organs. That energy needs to flow freely without obstruction for everything to work properly in your body. If it is blocked or unbalanced, illness arises. Acupuncture points are placed along the channels where the Qi is blocked and can stimulate it to move more freely.
Western medicine has found that placing needles in specific acupuncture points causes a stimulation of sensory receptors that transmit impulses to the part of the brain that releases neurotransmitters and endorphins. These are the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. Many conditions can be relieved by this action.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is not painful. The needles are extremely thin (about the width of 2 human hairs), solid, disposable and flexible. Sensations that patients normally experience are a dull ache or tingling, which is associated with movement of energy stimulated by the insertion of the needles.
How many visits will I need?
The number of visits needed depends on several factors. Mainly, how long you have been in your current condition. Acute conditions, such as a cold or flu will generally only require one or two visits. More recent conditions, such as sudden pain from an injury or seasonal allergies, may require 3 or 4 treatments before symptoms are reduced. Chronic conditions, such as PMS, asthma or other problems you may have had for years may take anywhere from 4 to 10 treatments until you notice significant changes. You will be able to determine approximately how many visits you will need at your first visit in the consultation.
What conditions will acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions, from back pain to infertility. Here is a list created by the World Health Organization that has been known to be treatable by Acupuncture. If you are wondering if acupuncture can help you with a different or specific condition, call or email the clinic directly.
- Chronic and Acute Pain – Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
- Neurological Disorders – Post-stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders
- Upper Respiratory Disorders – Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu
- Digestive Disorders – Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers
- Urinary and Reproductive Disorders – Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms
- Immune Function – Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients
- Addictions – Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs
- Eye and Ear Disorders – Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease
- Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia, Hot Flashes, Infertility
- And More…