Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body with fine, disposable needles or finger pressure. It works through the body’s nervous system and other mechanisms to relieve many physical ailments and emotional problems. Treatments last approximately one hour. The first treatment includes a thorough intake which involves the patient's medical history and an evaluation of the tongue and pulse. The physical treatment lasts anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
There may be some slight discomfort upon the insertion of the needle, but that quickly subsides. Many times the needle will not be felt at all. There may be different sensations felt that a person may not be used to experiencing. For example, there may be a shooting sensation, tingling or a feeling of heaviness at the needle site. The sensations depend on the sensitivity of the patient, the location of the needle and the technique being used.
How deep do the needles go?
The needles are usually only inserted about 1/4 inch to one inch into the skin. Longer needles may be used in fleshier areas or in patients with more flesh.
How many visits are necessary?
This depends on the chronicity of the condition. More chronic conditions will usually take more treatments while some acute conditions may be resolved in one treatment. It also depends on how quickly each individual heals.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is most widely known for treating pain, but it is a complete system of medicine and can theoretically be used to treat anything. There have been studies done that show better outcomes when Western medicine is combined with acupuncture. The World Health Organization has a list of conditions acupuncture has been proven to be effective for.