These questions are here to provide answers to your generic questions concerning acupuncture.
Does it Hurt?
Understandably, most people are afraid of needles and this is the number one question people ask. Acupuncture needles are sterile and individually packaged. They are much smaller and thinner than the hypodermic needles people are used to, and in most cases only a slight prick is felt as the needle passes through the skin.
Once the needle is in place the sensation will dissipate in 1 or 2 seconds. Very commonly a patient will feel sensations besides pain such as, moving, hot, cold, sinking, numbing, vibrating, or even no sensation at all. All of which are normal and will dissipate as well.
How will my Treatment Go?
For your first treatment the physician typically takes a very detailed intake, getting a complete family and personal history. It is common for an acupuncturist to even ask about your mental and emotional state since Chinese medicine believes in treating the entire person. They will look at your tongue and measure your pulse to gauge what’s going on internally and then they will formulate an acupuncture point prescription of 8 to 14 points.
As the acupuncturist is needling, they’ll ask what sensations you might be experiencing and adjust the needles accordingly. Then you will be left alone to relax and let the needles do their work for 10 to 20 minutes.
Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Chinese medicine looks at the human body as a complex balancing act, every disease process grows from a dis-balance within the body. By seeking homeostasis we will attain health. This differing viewpoint allows acupuncturists an alternate view from doctors and can result in the ability to help conditions that may not be responding to contemporary medical care. That being said, acupuncture’s healing powers are nearly limitless. Here is a list of some conditions acupuncture can treat:
arthritis, asthma, anemia, addiction, anxiety, auto-immune, bladder control, bloating, fatigue, insomnia, impotence, infertility, hemorrhoids, hernia, hemoplegia, muscle weakness, muscle soreness, menstrual cramps, neuropathy, numbness, panic attacks, phantom limb pain, PTSD, stress, trigeminal neuralgia ect.