More About Acupuncture

What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into various parts of the body to naturally restore its balance.

What are the objectives of acupuncture treatment?

  • To relieve pain and other symptoms
  • To strengthen the immune system
  • To balance, harmonize and integrate organ functions so that they work together effectively

How does it work, exactly?
No one knows for sure exactly how stimulation of certain points on the body stops pain, for instance. Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous systems. It is now known to trigger the brain to releases endorphins, which makes acupuncture particularly effective for pain control and stress reduction.

Does it hurt?
You will feel some sensation as the needles are inserted, and perhaps some heaviness in the area, but acupuncture generally is not painful.

How many treatments will I need?
Because each person’s condition and response to treatment are unique, the number and frequency of treatments will vary. Relief from symptoms may be felt immediately, the next day, or may take weeks, depending on the severity of the problem.

What other modalities are used?

  • Cupping is often used for pain relief in large muscle areas such as the back. It is also effective to relieve coughs and lung congestion.
  • Auricular acupuncture (tiny needles place in the ear) is another technique used mostly for appetite suppression or smoking/drug cessation.
  • Electrical stimulation is often used to ‘boost’ the effect of the needles, especially for pain conditions.

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