Acupuncture originates from…
China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States and Canada. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body – the needles are inserted to various depths.
According to WHO (World Health Organization) acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, while evidence indicates it may have an effective therapeutic value for many more. People with tension headaches and/or migraines may find acupuncture to be very effective in alleviating their symptoms, according to a study carried out at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Another study at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found that twice weekly acupuncture treatments relieve debilitating symptoms of xerostomia – severe dry mouth – among patients treated with radiation for head and neck cancer.
Acupuncture restores the balance to the body.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. After review, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. Palpation (to explore by touch) of various acupuncture points on the body, an examination of the tongue, as well as pulse, are common diagnostic techniques in acupuncture.
Using all of the information, the practitioner will then determine the cause of your symptoms. Needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. The acupuncturist may use moxa or electrical stimulation to enhance acupuncture’s therapeutic effects.
The number of treatment sessions depends on the seriousness of your condition. A typical course of acupuncture treatment is 10 sessions, although significant improvements can occur after just a couple visits. Your first visit may take 60 minutes, with subsequent visits lasting about 45 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than 25mm. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Some people report feeling a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed.
Why do I need it?
If you are like most people,
You probably associate acupuncture with needles and pain relief. True, acupuncture is extremely effective in treating pain. But that is only the beginning of what this medicine is capable of. It is also commonly used for the following conditions:
- Allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Gynecological problems like infertility and PMS
- Depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress
- And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues
Acupuncture is a holistic medicine that takes into account all aspects of a person, without separating the mind, body or spirit. It helps tap into the bodies own innate ability to heal itself and can be used as a preventative medicine. Acupuncture can help to support and strengthen the immune system and assist with drug recovery, smoking cessation and alcohol addiction. Acupuncture can effectively treat over 50 western medical diseases or disorders, including pain, infertility, arthritis, headaches and allergies.Over the past 2,500 years acupuncture has treated billions of people, helping to restore health and balance to the body in safe and natural way.