We often see it in movies – patients laying down on a table covered in white linen being poked and prodded with plastic-encased needles. Acupuncture has been a traditional form of Chinese medicine for thousands of years. While many of our patients are intrigued by the concept of acupuncture, many shy away before they get informed. Let’s go over everything you need to know about acupuncture before scheduling your first appointment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that comes from the concept that overall health is held in a balance of complementary extremes, or yin and hang. By inserting needles into any of the 350 specific acupuncture points in the body, it is said that energy flow is restored back into balance in addition to the patient’s overall health. When taking a more scientific approach, these acupuncture points are in locations where nerves, muscles and connective tissues are stimulated therefore increasing blood flow and triggering a variety of benefits.
What Can I Expect from my Acupuncture Treatment?
Prior to your acupuncture treatment, one of our expert wellness therapy team members will evaluate your current condition and create a personalized treatment plan to help you reach all of your health and wellness goals. During your acupuncture treatment, you will be asked to either lay down on your stomach or on your back. Once relaxed, thin, sterile needles will be inserted into very specific acupuncture points on the body. These needles will trigger the release of chemicals and hormones throughout the body depending on their entry point. Depending on your treatment, the needles will be kept in place for up to 30 minutes before being removed.
What Health Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?
According to the World Health Organization, many conditions can be treated or be improved with the help of regular acupuncture sessions, including:
- High or low blood pressure
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea
- Painful menstrual periods
- Morning sickness
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
What are Other Benefits of Acupuncture?
Aside from the physical benefits of acupuncture, wellness benefits include:
- Reduced overall stress
- Improved focus and mental clarity
- Increased energy
- Strengthened immune system
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can benefit from regular acupuncture treatments, call our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation today.