(FAQ) Frequently asked questions – Acupuncture
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a holistic healing method that has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Within this philosophy, acupuncture is what helps restore the body’s balance of “yin” and “yang” forces, which are part of the life force, otherwise known as “qi.” When the body experiences unbalanced yin and yang, illnesses are thought to stem from this.
The pathways that qi flows through, which are called meridians, are opened up by the needles that are inserted into the skin.
Is acupuncture safe?
Receiving treatment from a trained acupuncturist has very low to no risk. In fact, while having your skin covered in needles might seem frightening at first, you will find that the entire session is actually quite relaxing.
Acupuncturists must complete rigorous training, and those with top certifications from around the world will use sterile needles every single session. You will also experience little if any adverse effects.
The possible risks could be bleeding should you have a bleeding disorder or are on prescription blood thinners. Bruising and tenderness might happen at insertion sites.
How does acupuncture work?
Whether you believe in the Traditional Chinese medicine aspect of acupuncture or not, it is indeed effective. Acupuncture points, which are sensitive regions of nerves, connective tissues, and muscles, can be stimulated to create a relaxing effect through the body. Simultaneously, this stimulation will trigger the body to create natural painkillers., such as endorphins. Because of this, acupuncture can promote healthier functioning of the endocrine system, decrease inflammation, and increase circulation.
How many treatment sessions are typically needed?
The number of acupuncture sessions differs from every individual. Some people need only two or three sessions before whatever was ailing them disappears completely while other people discover slower benefits over months or years. However, most acupuncturists will recommend that if no change is experienced after the seventh or eighth session, then your condition is probably something that requires more medical attention.
What kind of conditions can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture can treat a number of conditions for various people of all ages, including disorders like:
Acupuncture is also popular with athletes, because the treatment helps reduce muscle pain and fatigue after vigorous workouts or matches.
Is acupuncture painful?
No, acupuncture is not painful. Most people will say that the whole experience is very comfortable. Since the needles are very fine—almost as thin as hair—they are painless upon insertion if you are relaxed. Though everyone experiences their first session differently, any pain you may feel will be transient, You may experience warmth around the insertion site or some aching, but this won’t negatively impact the session.