Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. These points, also known as acupoints, are believed to correspond to specific organs and bodily functions. By stimulating these points, acupuncture is thought to balance the body’s energy flow, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), and promote healing.
Acupuncture is a holistic approach to healthcare that is used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain, digestive issues, respiratory disorders, reproductive issues, and emotional imbalances. Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with other complementary and conventional treatments.
What Can I Expect During An Acupuncture Session?
During an acupuncture session, a trained acupuncturist will insert thin needles into the skin at specific acupoints. The needles are left in place for a period of time, typically 20 to 30 minutes, and may be gently stimulated to enhance their effect. Patients may feel a slight tingling or sensation of warmth at the site of the needle insertion, but acupuncture is generally painless.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that has been used for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a valid form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded research studies to investigate its effectiveness for a variety of conditions.
Who Can Benefit From Acupuncture?
Some specific conditions that acupuncture may be beneficial for include:
Acupuncture is typically performed in a private treatment room in a clinic or wellness center. The number of sessions required will vary depending on the condition being treated and the individual patient’s response to treatment.
It is important to seek out a qualified and licensed acupuncturist who has completed a rigorous training program and who practices in accordance with professional standards and ethical guidelines.
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