Is Acupuncture Safe?
When performed by a competently trained, professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. All certified acupuncturists today use individually packaged sterile, disposable needles. So there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.
Who Comes For Acupuncture?
A wide variety of people come for acupuncture treatment, for all kinds of different complaints. Some patients are looking for a more natural holistic way to heal, while some are referred by their doctors. Except for people needing help with weight loss, smoking, alcohol, or addictions, patients should be examined by, and consult with, their medical doctor before receiving acupuncture. Acupuncture is the first choice treatment for many people while others turn to it after unsuccessful attempts at other therapies.
As well as seeking help for physical problems, many people come for stress-related disorders and the effects of mental and emotional conflicts in their lives. Acupuncture affects the whole person - body, mind, and spirit - and will help a wide range of different symptoms.
Acupuncture is an excellent form of preventive health care, and is especially valuable in dealing with the everyday stresses of our modern lifestyle. Even though they have no particular health problems, many people have acupuncture to maintain and enhance their vitality.
What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture's effectiveness for over 40 common disorders including:
Headache / Migraine, Joint and Limb Pain, Ccommon Cold / Flu, Neuralgia Low Back / Sciatica, Sinusitis Post-operative Pain, Arthritis Tonsillitis, Parkinson's Disease, Strains / Sprains, Bronchitis, Bell's Palsy, Muscle Spasms, Cramps, Allergies, Facial Pain, Asthma
Women's HealthEmotional Digestive
Menstrual Syndromes, Insomnia, Abdominal Pain, Menopause / Hot Flashes, Depression, Acid Reflux / GERD, Uterine Fibroids, Anxiety / Nervousness, Diarrhea / Constipation, Infertility, Stress, IBS / Irritable Bowel, Bloating, PMS, Morning Sickness.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by removing blocks to the flow of life force energy known as qi (chi) which flows through meridians each of which is associated with an organ. The meridians can best be thought of as rivers of life that flow throughout the body. Acupuncture holistically restores normal healthy balance and flow.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Many people go to sleep and / or find it to be a relaxing peaceful meditation. The needles are hair like and any slight discomfort at insertion should be of very short duration or your acupuncturist should be immediately informed.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Everyone is a unique individual. Acupuncture treats the whole person. Many people feel relief with their first treatment. Such immediate relief of symptoms may be partial and temporary. Everyone should experience noticeable improvement within about 6 treatments. If the case is complex and noticeable improvement does not occur in 6 treatments, then the lack of improvement should be communicated to, and discussed with, the acupuncturist.