Common Questions About Acupuncture:
What is Acupuncture?
As a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into key points on the body. These techniques are used to heal illness and injury, and to prevent disease. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that Chi or universal energy flows through the human body as well as through all aspects of nature. When this energy is blocked, weakened, stagnating or reversed a variety of disease states can arise. Acupuncture works by helping to restore the proper flow of Chi to certain regions of the body helping to resolve disease, ease pain, and promote wellness.
What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be useful in treating a variety of medical conditions such as muscle and joint disorders (sports injuries, neck and back pain, joint pain, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow), digestive disorders (constipation, bloating, nausea and vomiting), respiratory disorders (bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, allergies), as well as urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems. Acupuncture can help to raise and maintain one’s overall energy level, prevent illness and ease tension and stress.
What results can be expected?
People respond differently to acupuncture. Many patients are very reactive to treatment, and see quick changes in their condition after just 2 or 3 sessions. Other patients see a more gradual change in their condition over a longer course of treatment. The amount of treatments needed is often related to the complexity of the problem and the length of time that the problem has existed. A new problem may be affected by a shorter course of treatment, where a more chronic condition of greater complexity may require a greater number of treatments in order to see a lasting result.
Does Acupuncture have side effects?
Usually Acupuncture is received with little or no side effects. It is common for patients to feel a deep sense of relaxation after a treatment. At times this is accompanied by a feeling of fatigue which usually passes quickly with rest. Occasionally symptoms may seem to worsen temporarily after treatment. This is generally an indication that the treatment is affecting their condition and is often a good predictor that Acupuncture will have a positive effect on your symptoms.