What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, simply stated, is the process by which small needles are inserted into the skin to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.
How does it work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Textbooks list well over one hundred different conditions that respond well to Acupuncture. Some of the more common ones are; Acute and chronic pain, headaches, bladder dysfunction, tennis elbow, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, fatigue, fibromyalgia, sciatica, frozen shoulder, weight loss, infertility and addiction control.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments varies with different conditions and individuals. Chronic problems generally require more treatments than acute ones. Some patients notice an immediate improvement whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. It is generally agreed upon the usual number of treatments is between eight and sixteen. The usual frequency is between two and four times per week.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture rarely causes any discomfort, however different people have different sensitivity levels. Some people don’t feel the needle being inserted at all; those who are more sensitive to needles have described the sensation as feeling like “less than a mosquito bite”. Most people find the experience of receiving acupuncture relaxing, often napping while the needles are in place.
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