Acupuncture is a branch of ancient Chinese medicine. It shows that one's good health depends on a balanced distribution of chi throughout the meridian network. Many conditions can be treated with acupuncture like; arm and shoulder pain, asthma, back pain, bed wetting, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, gas, headaches, infertility, PMS, sinus trouble, sore throat, and much more. Acupuncture's objectives are to relieve pain and other symptoms, strengthen the immune system, and balance, harmonize, and integrate functions of the organs with each other, making for a unified, healthy person.
Are needle treatments painful?
Acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, nothing like medical hypdermic needles which are stiff, hollow, and thick. Accupuncture needles cause little or no sensation at all when inserted into the skin. First time patients may experience a slight tingling sensation but are usually amazed with how comfortable they are during treatment.
What are other treatment options besides needles?
Although needle treatment is traditional, accupressure, blunt probes, pressure massage, electronic stimulation, laser, heat, cold, ultrasound, moxibustion, and herbal therapy are great alternatives. Treatment method depends on the patient's age and physical condition, the location of acupoints to be treated, the desired effect, and the preference of the acupuncturist.
How long are treatments?
Treatment times vary depending on the patient's condition and the treatment plan, but average about 30 minutes.
Are the needles used safe and sterile?
Yes. The government requires acupuncturists to follow strict safety procedures regarding needles, and sterilized needles. They are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in strict compliance with the law.