Acupuncture is a therapy within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture corrects imbalances by stimulating specific points on the body. Acupuncture points are located on the channels, each having a precise healing action. Treatment will correct the imbalance to stimulate the body to heal itself.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture research is beginning to show how the treatment works with the body’s own healing mechanisms. Using a type of brain scanner called an fMRI, scientists have shown that acupuncture works with the nervous system to reset the brain when it is stuck in an unhealthy pattern of pain and illness.¹ This is a way of reteaching the body to be healthy. Healing also occurs at the place where the needle is inserted. The surrounding tissue actually grabs hold of the needle and expands.² Some scientists believe this begins the replication and repair of the cells around the needle.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. Acupuncture is very safe when done by a Licensed Acupuncturist. We use only solid, single use, disposable needles so there is little risk of contamination. Acupuncture has a very low risk of side effects.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are much thinner than a doctor’s hypodermic needle, more like a pin than a needle really. Upon insertion there may be a slight prick. After the needle is in, there’s a feeling of warmth and tingling. People usually find that acupuncture treatments are very relaxing and often fall asleep.
More than Just Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment may involve many treatments and manual therapies. Acupuncture is often combined with moxibustion, the burning of ai ye (mugwort), a traditional Chinese herb, close to specific acupuncture points. The goal is to warm the acupuncture point and the muscles. We also use heat lamps to relax muscles. Electro-acupuncture is often used for chronic pain and arthritis. Other therapies may include cupping, gua sha, and tui na.
Is Acupuncture right for me?
Acupuncture is effective for a wide range of conditions. If you are not sure if acupuncture is right for you please call us for a free telephone consultation. We can discuss your condition and what treatment is the best course.
Read more on Acupuncture and Moxibustion
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- Electro-Acupuncture for Pain Relief
- Cupping, Gua Sha, and Moxibustion
- How Acupuncture Relieves Pain