Acupuncture is probably one of the best known treatment methods in Oriental Medicine. It involves the insertion of sterile needles into the body. Acupuncture has been one of the primary sources of preventative care for more than half of the world. It has been used for everything from normal aches and pains, to the remediation of symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome. The practice has stood the test of time and has shown to be effective through countless cases and testimonies of people who have utilized this tool.
A few of the things that acupuncture is known to help with: any pain (fibro, arthritis, etc), mental disorders, diabetes, blood pressure control, nervous disorders, shortening of recovery time surrounding major surgery, sports injuries and many more. However, each condition and person is unique and will respond differently to treatments. A trained acupuncturist can help determine if acupuncture will be helpful to you and the best acupuncture treatment.
FAQs about acupuncture:
What if I am scared of needles?
Acupuncture is not the only tool an acupuncturist has. Often they are able to prescribe herbs, perform massage, and various forms of acupressure; none of which use needles.
How does acupuncture work?
The needles are placed along lines of the body called “meridians”. These activate the body to bring healing to the areas they are placed. Sometimes you can can treat places by putting needles in different locations. For example: a problem on the head may be treated by placing needles in the hands or feet.
What can I expect at my first treatment?
The first part will be very similar to seeing your doctor. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your health. During treatment you will always be able to stop it at any time or ask for something to be changed. You are in charge of your treatment. Once needles are inserted people may have various sensations: warming, heaviness, slight tingling. These are mostly normal, but you can always bring them to the attention of the practitioner. You should never be so uncomfortable that you cannot relax. Normally the needles are left in for approximately 20-45 minutes. This is a great time to relax, breath and let your mind rest.
After the treatment is over you should be fine to leave and go about your day. Some may experience exhaustion, residual tingling or a slight change in their body. Discuss any feelings with your practitioner so they can mark your progress and help you know what to expect.
How long will acupuncture last?
The effectiveness of a treatment varies patient by patient, and also depends on the medical issue. One person may see their treatment last a few days and another a few weeks. It is important when you start acupuncture to see the practitioner several times in close succession so they can assess how you respond and adjust their treatments accordingly.
What are some other tools used in Acupuncture?