How acupuncture works in a nutshell
Acupuncture is a treatment method in Chinese medicine which uses very fine medical grade needles to activate specific energy points in the body. The needles work on the matrix of energy channels that cover our entire body. The functions of the needles are to open energy channels, move energy and blood, to disperse blockages, and guide energy to where it needs to go for the intended healing purpose. On average 8-10 acupuncture points are needled in a treatment session and they can be found on the head, face, ears, trunk, limbs, hands, feet, front or back of the body. More about acupuncture
Does it hurt?
This is a commonly asked question about acupuncture, however there is no standard answer because every person has different pain threshold and response. Generally, acupuncture is tolerable. Some points are more sensitive than others depending on the areas of the body. Most needles are inserted without causing any discomfort to our patients. Any uncomfortable sensation would be felt only at the initial insertion of needle and goes away after a few seconds. Once all needles are inserted, the rest of the treatment is absolutely comfortable and relaxing. With repeated treatments, most patients grow accustomed to the needle sensation and their initial anxiety also dissipates.
Rest assured that you're not alone in this process. Our acupuncturist is ready to coach and assist you should any discomfort arise.
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When can you expect to see improvement?
Yes, acupuncture can help your pain
Acupuncture has been widely known for its effectiveness in treating most pain conditions, chronic or acute.
Pain anywhere in the body, whether from physical impact causing the trauma or due to other causes, is the consequence of obstruction to the energy flow and blood flow in the body. Because energy and blood cannot flow, pain is produced in the areas of obstruction. Where energy and blood stagnate depends on the locality and meridians being impacted. Pain can manifest anywhere along numerous energy channels in the body and is not confined only to the local area where an impact occurred.
According to Chinese medicine treatment principles, once the obstructions in the body are removed which allows energy and blood to free flow again - pain ceases to exist. For most pain conditions we treat by combining acupuncture and Chinese herbs, together the synergistic power of acupuncture and herbal medicine maximizes the effectiveness and potency of the treatment as well as quickening the healing process.