ACUPUNCTURE & TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine approach of penetrating the skin with thin needles at strategic points on your body. The main focus is to treat acute and chronic pain, but it has been increasingly used for stress management, anxiety, insomnia, infertility, migraines, or osteoarthritis.
What does an acupuncture treatment feel like?
Because acupuncturists use needles, the common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. However, most people being treated report minimal pain when a needle is inserted.
You may experience various sensations, such as:
Warmth – It is a pleasant feeling like when you apply heating pads on your body. This sensation usually occurs a minute or two after the needle is inserted, and it is typically a sign of tension release.
Weight – This sensation is calming rather than unpleasant, and most of the time, this feeling of heaviness expands, spreading throughout the body part where the needle was placed.
Ache – this sensation can occur at the needling site, and it usually disappears after a few seconds. This experience is quite normal, but it can be intense, especially on points that are located on the hands and feet. If it is too uncomfortable, tell your acupuncturist, and the pressure can be adjusted accordingly.
Electric – Using needles on certain acupuncture points can cause a feeling almost like being shocked or zapped. It is usually due to a nerve that runs beneath these points, and this sensation quickly disappears.
How can acupuncture help your body?
It is believed that acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system. This stimulation releases chemicals into the muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment in combination with therapies like Osteopathy, Naturopathy or Massage to treat conditions such as joint and muscle pain, headaches, tennis and golfers elbow, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, asthma, addiction, menstrual cramps, seasonal allergies, digestive problems, eczema, and other common ailments.