What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles into specific points on the body. The core theory behind Acupuncture is the idea that a substance called Qi (pronounced chee) flows through the body and is responsible for all physiological processes. When Qi is not flowing smoothly, pain and disease may result. Acupuncture is a safe, effective and natural treatment that aims to restore proper Qi flow and internal balance so that the body can function optimally. Acupuncture can be used to both prevent and treat a variety of conditions.
What to Expect
Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible. They are designed to glide through tissue smoothly and swiftly in order to optimize patient comfort. Once the needles have been inserted, it is common for patients to feel mild sensations of heaviness, warmth, coolness, pressure or fullness. All of these sensations are normal and are caused by the movement of Qi. Patients are then allowed to rest with their needles for 15-30 minutes.
Many people find acupuncture to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. However, for those who are needle-phobic, there are other Chinese medical modalities listed below that can be used to effectively address your healthcare concerns.