Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (or “TCM”), a medical system that originated over 4000 years ago. It addresses the health of the whole body, and aims to treat the cause of each issue rather than the symptoms.
The human body is a complex, delicate system. In TCM, sickness or pain is often considered to be caused by an imbalance somewhere in the body’s system. Acupuncture, along with other forms of Chinese Medicine, aims to correct this imbalance and encourage the body to heal itself naturally.
What to Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment
Tiny needles, sometimes finer than a human hair, are placed on special points that correspond to the problem area(s) of the body. Sometimes people don’t feel the needles at all, but more often people experience a tingling or warm sensation when a needle is inserted. Patients usually find acupuncture to be quite relaxing, and many even fall asleep during their sessions. The shortest treatments last about 45 minutes, while the longest ones can take up to 90 minutes. Patients are recommended to schedule one treatment per week for 8-10 weeks to see the best results, but worse symptoms may need more frequent visits, and as symptoms improve, patients may only need treatments once or twice per month.
An Acupuncturist’s Education
Acupuncturists pursue a post-graduate degree and spend 3-4 years in school being trained. On our youtube channel in this short video we go through what a typical acupuncturist studies before being able to be in practice.
What Acupuncture Can Help
Among other things, acupuncture can benefit:
- pain, muscle spasms, and injuries (neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, ankle pain, knee pain, etc.)
- neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, trigeminal neuralgia and Parkinson’s disease.
- post–stroke rehabilitation
- tendonitis, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, gout
- stress and anxiety
- migraines and headaches
- digestion problems such as constipation, diarrhea, IBS and Crohn’s disease
- autoimmune issues such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
- PMS and cramping
- menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and irritability
- infertility, IVF, breech birth, birth induction
- …And much more!
Please contact us if you want to know if we can help your particular health issues, and they are not listed here. Or take a look at our Facebook page, where we regularly post informative articles about acupuncture and ways it can benefit you.
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