1. What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the human body. It is an ancient healing art invented by the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners over 5000 years ago. Acupuncture has been widely used for reducing or relieving pain and other ailments. It is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery.
2. Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture rarely 'hurts'. The most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Points at the extremities, like toe or finger ends, can sometimes be a little sharp, but the sensation is usually brief.
If someone experiences real pain it suggests one of three things:
I. The needle has been inserted into a nerve and has been left causing discomfort or the needle has caught a nerve, it is unlikely to be a repeatable experience.
II. The patient is extremely sensitive.
III. The painful area suggest stagnation of Qi and Blood, with the insertion
of the needle it is gathering Qi to unblock the passage.
In modern times the use of guide tubes with needles means that it is very difficult to put a needle in without the requisite sensitivity. In fact, acupuncture is one of the most relaxing treatments you can get.
3. What is Qi?
Qi — pronounced "chee" — is the energy flow created along the pathways that connect the acupuncture points on the body. The pathways between the points are called meridians, which also connect to internal organs in the body. Using acupuncture needles, pressure or heat to manipulate a point or two separate points on the body can improve a person's qi — which is also thought of as one's life force — and relieve the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, digestive issues, respiratory problems and more.
4. What would I expect during an acupuncture session?
An acupuncturist will examine the patient and assess their condition, insert one or more thin, sterile needles, and offer advice on self-care or other complementary therapies, such as Chinese herbs.
The patient will be asked to lie down on their back, front, or one side, depending on where the needles are to be inserted. The acupuncturist uses single-use, disposable, sterile needles. As each needle is inserted, the patient may feel a very brief stinging or tingling sensation.
After the needle is inserted, there is occasionally a dull ache at the base of the needle that then subsides. Acupuncture is usually relatively painless.
Sometimes the needles are heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion.
The needles will stay in place for between 30-60 minutes.
The number of treatments needed depends on the individual. A person with a chronic condition may require one to two treatments a week over several months. An acute problem improves typically after 8 to 12 sessions.
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