What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions or disturbances in the internal organs by inserting very fine needles at specific points on the body called acupoints.
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese medicine that sees the body as a delicate balance of yin and yang, the two opposing but inseparable forces. When these are balanced, the body is healthy. If one becomes unbalanced in the body, illness occurs. The goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, create harmony and stimulate the body`s natural healing response.
What is acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture is used to treat many different diseases, disorders and pain conditions. These are some of the most common ailments that respond well to acupuncture:
● chronic pain including headaches, back pain, arthritis
● muscle tension
● nervous system disorders
● endocrine and immune system disorders
● respiratory disorders
● circulatory disorders
● sleeping disorders
● gastrointestinal disorders
● heart problems
● hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms
What should you expect?
During your first appointment, your practitioner will get a thorough understanding of your primary health concern as well as your health, lifestyle medical history, sleeping patterns or any medical conditions you have which may be related to your current symptoms. The information you provide will help your practitioner form a picture of your overall health.
To start the treatment, you will be asked to lie down on a treatment table and adjust your clothing. The acupuncturist will then stimulate precise acupoints on your body. The needles are metallic and hair-thin. You should feel no or minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted. During and after the treatment, most patients say they feel very relaxed and energized.