What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that uses needles inserted in the skin to relieve pain and treat a variety of conditions.
Practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points that are connected by pathways or meridians. Inserting needles in certain points stimulates the flow of energy (Qi) and improves health.
What happens during acupuncture treatment?
After learning about your symptoms and health history, the doctor typically inserts four to ten FDA-approved, sterile, disposable needles into your skin. The needles penetrate about one half inch deep. And they are left in place for ten to thirty minutes while you rest.
Patients may notice a mild sensation of numbness or soreness as the Qi moves. After this initial sensation passes, patients typically experience relief and relaxation.
How acupuncture can help you
Acupuncture is increasingly recognized for its valuable contribution to health care. Growing evidence shows acupuncture provides clear clinical benefits. It helps with pain, sleep, digestion and provides a sense of well-being. Acupuncture is also safe, natural, and cost-effective.