What is Acupuncture?

Have you ever heard of acupuncture and not been quite sure what it is or how it works?

The traditional Chinese healing modality, which involves placing extremely thin needles on various parts of the body, is well-known as an effective pain relief method. It’s also used to relieve stress, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

The Theory Behind Acupuncture

The idea behind this innovative yet ancient therapy is based on the “chi” energy or life force. Practitioners believe that there are certain points in the body that, when stimulated, allow for a re-balance of energy in certain areas.

What Does Acupuncture Help?

First, it’s important to note that the results are different for everyone — your response to headaches may not be the same as a friend’s, for instance. But many do claim that acupuncture helps them immensely with problems like sinus issues, dental pain, cancer-related problems, back pain, headaches, PMS symptoms, arthritis, and more.

Are There Any Risks to Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and non-addictive treatment. There are side effects including mild pain and occasional bleeding or bruising. There is no risk of infection since sterile needles are used.  

Use caution when considering acupuncture if you have a pacemaker, a problem related to bleeding (for example, if you are using blood thinners), or if you are pregnant.

The Consultation and Treatment Process for Acupuncture

Before any treatment, a qualified practitioner will do a thorough evaluation to determine what you are suffering from as well as ensure that the procedure is the correct (and a safe) course of action. At this time, you can ask them any questions or other details you have in mind or tell them if you have reservations.

During the consultation, they will ask a range of questions about your lifestyle, behaviour, and even emotional state. They’ll also assess you based on Chinese traditional medicine principles, involving things that might seem unusual at first, such as investigating the tongue and looking at your skin pallor.

What happens during treatment is the acupuncturist will place needles in various spots on the body. It shouldn’t hurt, but you will feel mild discomfort. The needles are extremely thin, designed especially so that you should barely feel them. Sometimes they are manipulated throughout the treatment.

Acupuncture treatments are typically about a half hour, with the initial session probably taking closer to an hour because it involves the consultation.

A Safe and Simple Alternative Treatment

If you try out a session of acupuncture, and you feel it’s effective, you can expect to have one or two treatments each week or at least a few weeks, depending on what’s being treated.

If you’re looking for natural relief and you aren’t at risk of any of the things listed above, acupuncture is a natural and well-received healing option for people of all ages and with a range of problems.

 

If you’re curious about whether or not acupuncture can help with your physical or even emotional pain and discomfort, contact Chiro-Med today to schedule your FREE Consultation.