Acupuncture is one of the medical therapies of Chinese Medicine that effectively treats blockages and imbalance in one’s body, helping to regulate the circulation of qi (vital energy) and blood.
It involves the use of very fine needles inserted into the skin at various locations (acupoints) on the body, a usually painless procedure that promotes homeostasis and restoration of normal physiological function.
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except for feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. Treatment frequently depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal “tune ups.”
Wonderful applications of acupuncture is in releasing and reducing the pain, stress and recovery often accompanying illness, surgery, and other traumas. And it can even be used to smooth out wrinkles!