Acupuncture what is it?

Acupuncture involves inserting needles into the body to stimulate sensory nerves in the skin and muscles. This can help to treat chronic pain and other physical conditions.

How does it work?

TCM explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang of the life force known as Qi, pronounced “chi.” Advocates believe that illness is the consequence of an imbalance of these forces.
According to TCM, Qi flows through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 361 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations will bring the energy flow back into balance.
Many acupuncture points are at sites where stimulation can affect the activity of multiple sensory neurons. These sites are also known as receptive fields. The physical stimulation of needle insertion at these sites may affect pain processing in the central nervous system and muscles and increase blood flow to certain parts of the body.


Acupuncture is a common complementary therapy that can help people manage many different conditions. Benefits of acupuncture include the following:
  • People can effectively combine acupuncture with other treatments.
  • Effective acupuncture can help manage chronic pain.
  • Acupuncture carries a low risk of side effects.

What to treat with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a flexible form of treatment that can target numerous health concerns at once, including:
  • Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Dental pain
  • Fibromyalgia Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
  • Labor pain
  • Lower back pain Neck pain, knee pain
  • Osteoarthritis Menstrual cramps Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Weight loss
  • Anti-aging

During the procedure

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the
appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture
practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether
you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You
lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:

  • Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various
    depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so
    insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don't feel
    them inserted at all. A typical treatment uses 5 to 20 needles. You
    may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct
  • Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl
    the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to
    the needles.
  • Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to
    15 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no
    discomfort when the needles are removed.

After the procedure

Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture
treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don’t
begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.


The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes difficult to measure, but many people find it helpful as a means to control a variety of painful conditions.

Several studies, however, indicate that some types of simulated acupuncture appear to work just as well as real acupuncture. There’s also evidence that acupuncture works best in people who expect it to work.

Acupuncture has few side effects, so it may be worth a try if you’re having trouble controlling pain with more-conventional methods.



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