Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and became better know in the United States in about 1971.
It is believed that a blockage or imbalance of the flow of chi (energy) at any point on a pathway of the body, may result in illness. Acupuncture unblocks and re-balances the flow of chi to restore health. The doctor will use small, thin, sterile needles inserted into the skin to help balance energy.
“Chi” is the energy that is flowing through your body. Chi is thought to flow along energy pathways called “meridians.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments will vary from person to person. A standard course of acupuncture therapy generally consists of 12 treatments of 15-30 minutes over 1 to 2 months. These are estimates, as specific therapy depends on your condition. Our goal is to achieve quick and lasting results. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment!
Will it hurt?
Individual response to acupuncture varies, but because the needles are so thin, their insertion is generally painless. The needles used in acupuncture are as thin as a human hair and are only left in the body for about 20 minutes. During a treatment it is common to experience local or traveling sensations of “pulling,” “grabbing,” or tingling. The most common response to acupuncture is relaxation.
Is it safe?
Extremely safe. One of the best aspects of acupuncture, and Chinese medicine in general, is its remarkably low incidence of adverse effects. Each needle is sterile and used only once.