What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 5000 year old medicine that originated from China. It includes needle insertions, massage, herbal prescriptions, cupping, food therapy and energy balance known as Qi gong.

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles on various body parts to help achieve balance and harmony in the body. It reduces pain, and helps with many different ailments. These ailments may include gynecological issues, gastrointestinal issues, mental or emotional issues, and skin problems, just to name a few.

The effects of acupuncture is cumulative, meaning the more you do it the more you will feel balanced overall in the long run.

How often should Acupuncture be done?

Acupuncture can be done as little as once a week to as often as you feel you need or want it. In fact, in China, people may come in several times a week or even more than once a day just to get treated. It can be a quick insertion more like a prick, which is often done in children, as they can not sit still; or for adults, the needles may stay in for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes or longer, up several hours or several days depending on the modality of the acupuncture treatment and the severity of the patient’s condition such as a stroke or paralysis.

Is Acupuncture Safe for the General Public?

Acupuncture is relatively safe for all age groups. There are some precautions of course, but otherwise, it is fairly safe. The difference between each age group and where a needle may be inserted is dependent on whether or not the person can sit still for a certain amount of time. For young children, it will most likely be inserted in the scalp, away from fontanels or areas where bone sutures have not fused together yet; or it can go in as a quick insertion in the arm or leg or wherever it is needed. It will be more like a prick where the needle goes in and out and does not get retained. For adults, however, the needles may go in different areas of the body depending on the complaint and diagnosis.

So give it a try. Most people hear the word “needle” and then let fear set in, preventing them from getting a much needed treatment. My clients who are first timers always comment how they “expected it to hurt, but it didn’t hurt at all!”

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