Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese treatment for stimulating sensory nerves in the skin and muscles by inserting tiny thin needles into different body regions. Scientific studies have shown the effectiveness of this treatment in addressing various health problems by alleviating pain and improving physical and mental well-being.
According to Traditional Chinese medicine, the needles harmonize the flow of energy (called Qi) through pathways (called meridians) in your body and encourage the release of natural substances that help to relieve pain and improve different disorders.
What are the uses of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies to relieve pain and improve various conditions, such as:
- Migraines and headaches
- Muscle aches, sprains, low back pain
- Digestive problems, such as constipation, diarrhea, IBS and abdominal pain
- Female problems, like irregular or painful menstruation and PCOS
- Cold and flue
- Mood disorders like depression and anxiety
- Sleep issues
- Tennis elbow
- Allergic rhinitis
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
Furthermore, acupuncture can be used safely in conjunction with your prescription medication or supplements – which is especially helpful if taking more medication is undesirable or not an option. Acupuncture can also be used cautiously during pregnancy and for children of 9 years or older.
What to expect during acupuncture session?
The acupuncture session usually lasts 20 minutes to 1 hour, during which you will be lying down on a padded table while the specialist inserts around 5 to 20 sterilized needles at varying depths at specific points, which may cause a stinging or tingling sensation during the insertion. After inserting the needles, the therapist may gently twist or spin them or provide heat or moderate electrical pulses to them, depending on the condition you are trying to improve and treatment requirement.
You may not experience all the benefits of acupuncture on the first or second appointment, which is why we recommend at least five sessions. Your therapist will determine the number of sessions you need based on the condition you are trying to improve and how your body responds to treatment. Acute health problems should improve after six to eight treatments, but chronic disorders may require one or two sessions per week over several months.
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