What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture therapy, also called needling or pricking therapy, is a healing method used by acupuncturists to stimulate acupoints or meridians with different types of needles. Acupuncture and moxibustion are usually put together. This is called acupuncture-moxibustion therapy. It has a wide range of indications and effects in addition to its easy application, safety and low cost.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe, natural, effective, drug-free and free of side effects for all ages and states of health. It can also be used as an adjunct to conventional pediatric care and is safe during pregnancy by the experienced acupuncturist.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles do not hurt. They are extremely thin, less than one-tenth the width of the hypodermic needles used by Western clinicians.
What to expect during my first visit?
First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history. Then, he or she will examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. These are effective diagnostic tools that enable your acupuncturist to obtain a clear picture of your overall health. After consultation, the acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. Your practitioner may also recommend herbs, changes in diet, stretches and other exercises to work in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. These adjunct therapies may help you regain your health and prevent future problems. By working together with your acupuncturist – and taking good care of yourself – you will be on your way to a healthier, pain-free future before you know it.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel little to no discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your little toe! The needles are usually left in place between 5 and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed.
How many treatments will I need?
The frequency and number of treatments differs from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief after the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually 5 to 15 visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
Our clinic used only disposable needles.
Acupuncture needles used in the US are sterilized stainless-steel needles.