What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific
points in order to influence the physiological functioning of the
body. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period
of thousands of years.
What is acupuncture actually doing?
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories
of the flow of Qi (Energy), pronounced Chee and Xue (Blood), pronounced
Shu, through distinct meridians/channels/pathways that cover the
body. Ancient theory states that acupuncture allows Qi to flow to
areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is in excess.
Therefore, acupuncture regulates and restores the bodys balance;
it harmonizes the energies of the body, mind and spirit. When Qi
flows freely, there is no pain, yet when it is stuck, pain exists.
Acupuncture allows for the free flow of Qi.
How deep do the needles go?
Typically needles are inserted from 1/4 to
1 inch in depth. The depth and direction of the needle insertion
depends on the points location, the problem being treated,
and the patients age, size and constitution.
Are the needles clean?
Individually wrapped, sterile, disposable
needles are used. They are disposed of after the treatment, never
to be used again.
Sometimes a mild prick is felt when inserting
the needle, though often this is painless. When the needle has reached
the Qi, the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, tingling,
or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or
down the affected meridian. If there is a sensation or any discomfort,
it is typically mild. If there is no sensation, benefit can still
be received from the acupuncture treatment
How many treatments will I need?
This will be different for every patient depending
on the severity, duration and nature of the condition. One treatment
may be enough for acute conditions whereas chronic conditions may
take many treatments over time to resolve. This can be discussed for
your individual needs during your appointment time.
Suggestions while receiving an acupuncture
RELAX. If you have any questions about your
treatment ask them as they come up. Asking questions or stating concerns
will help dissipate any fear you may have so you can enjoy the treatment. Once the needles have been inserted, stay still. Changing your position
or sudden movements may cause discomfort. If you are uncomfortable,
let me know and adjustments can be made.
If you are very uncomfortable at any point, please let me know so
adjustments can be made or the treatment can be stopped.