You’ve probably heard of acupuncture and maybe you even know someone who has tried it, but other than the fact that it involves needles what do you really know about acupuncture and what its benefits are?
Tostart, acupuncture is a highly-effective, yet little understood, naturalmedical treatment. To help you learn more about acupuncture, how acupunctureworks and how it can help improve your well-being, we’ve put together this listof five important things to know about acupuncture.
- Whatis acupuncture?
Believed to have originated in China, acupuncture has helpedpeople heal for centuries. Acupuncture is based around the concept of Qi(pronounced chee). Qi is a vital energy that flows through your body. When inbalance, Qi protects the body from illness, pain and fatigue. Acupuncture works to balancethe Qi in your body, helping your body to heal itself and boost your health andimmune system.
2) How does acupuncture work?
When you begin any acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist will perform an examination to determine where Qi imbalances are inyour body and work with you to determine a personalized, holistic treatmentplan to heal your body and improve overall well being.
During an acupuncture session your acupuncturist will insert very, very thin needles intoyour skin at points identified during an initial assessment. These needles arestrategically placed to remove any blocks of Qi and help it move through yourbody.
Whenthey needles are inserted, your practitioner may gently move or twirl theneedles, and then leave them in place for 30 – 40 minutes, depending on yourtreatment.
3) Does acupuncture hurt?
Sincethere are needles involved you might be worried that acupuncture will hurt.Don’t fear! During your acupuncture treatment there might be a pinch or aslight sting. However, you should not be in pain. If you feel pain, numbness,tingling or continuous discomfort let your acupuncturist know immediately.
4) What are the negative effects of acupuncture?
One important thing to know about acupuncture is that is has arange of benefits and, when practiced by a trained and licensedacupuncturist, very little risk ofnegative side effects. That’s right, there are none of the typical side effectsyou would experience from prescription medication.
Unlikemany medications prescribed today, which often have side effects warnings thatare scarier and more serious than the initial issue, acupuncture carries verylittle risk. Clean, sterile needles are used and acupuncturists undergo yearsof training and must complete strict exams to be able to practice, putting youin safe hands!
5) What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Thereare many benefits to acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to treat a range ofboth physical and emotional/psychological ailments. It can also be importantfor maintaining overall health and wellness to prevent illness, diseases andfatigue induced by day-to-day stressors.
If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture orbeginning treatment, get in touch with us!
LotusSpring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc.