What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture treats disease by inserting thin needles into certain designated points in the body and thereby inducing stimulation through various manipulative methods. Once the needle is properly in place, the patient will feel a characteristic tingling. Sometimes, an electric apparatus may be used to maintian a constant stimulation.
How does it work?
There is an unceasing flow of life energy throughout the human body. This vital energy originates from the major organs, and flows along the continuous circulatory channels called meridians. When the energyflow is smooth and in balance, one is health, if the balance is disturbed, then one will feel ill or in pain. There are acupuncture points where energy flow can be stimulated and the function of related organs can be regulated, thus restoring the delicate balance; then the beneficial healing can occur.
Does it hurt?
No! the needle is as fine as a strand of hair. When the patient is willing and remains relaxed, there is minimal to no pain involved. In addition to the medical benefits acupuncture therapy produces, most patients enjoy a profound state of relaxation experienced during treatment. Acute cases should be treated daily for a few days, then in prolonged intervals; however, chronic cases usually need two or three visits per week. For a health maintenance program, either prevnetive or promotive, periodic treatments (once a week or every two weeks) are recommended.
Safety First: Acupuncture has been preventative for over 3,000 years. That is quite a long track record of safe medical use.
Needes: Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, made of stainless steel, as fine as a strand of hair, and are virtually painless when inserted. Receiving acupuncture is NOT like giving blood or getting a shot. All needs are sterile and disposable.