What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine single use stainless steel needles into predetermined points on the body for therapeutic affect. Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (usually abbreviated to TCM) which also includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuina (a form of massage), Dietary Therapy, and special Exercise Therapy known as Qi Gong.
How Does It Work?
In short, there is no widely accepted theory as to how acupuncture works. The traditional Chinese theory holds that the body’s life energy called Qi (pronounced Chee) travels around the body in pathways called meridians. The acupuncturist views illness as an energetic imbalance. It is the ability to influence this imbalance by inserting the very fine needles at certain points called Acupoints. The acupuncturist may also use heat treatment (called Moxibustion) or Cupping in the treatment.
Do The Needles Hurt?
You may experience a slight prick as the needle penetrates the skin but this is a momentary experience. Most people would describe the feeling as virtually painless or no more painful than plucking out a hair. What happens after the needle is inserted is of much more importance and you must provide feedback on what you are feeling to your practitioner. Most people feel a dull ache, tingling or a feeling of heaviness or numbness around the area where the needle is. Occasionally a mild electrical pulsation radiating away from the site of the needle is felt. Reactions such as these to needling are of vital clinical importance to the Acupuncturist and signify that the Qi has been accessed, i.e. De Chi (pronounced De Chee). The needles are then left in place from 15 to 30 minutes and may be occasionally manipulated by the Practitioner.
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