Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is the Traditional Chinese practice of puncturing the body (as with needles) at specific points to cure disease or relieve pain.

Put simply, acupuncture is the technique of inserting thin, metal needles into specific points on the body for therapeutic effects. There are more than 350 acupuncture points in the human body. Acupuncture needles are inserted into one or more points at different depths in order to stimulating a physiological response. The desired responses will help balance the body’s system, and that will in turn aid the body in functioning properly.

The acupuncture points are essentially divided into twelve groups, the points in each group being arranged in a line, known as a meridians, that is, energy channel of the body. A meridian is associated with an internal organ, running along one of major parts of the body, and terminating at the tips of fingers or toes.

For example, when a patient suffers stomach pains we would assume that the Qi is not flowing freely along the meridian associated with stomach. Therefore, we will apply acupuncture needles to those points along the stomach meridian of foot Yang-Ming. At the same time, the practitioner should examine the patient holistically and apply acupuncture to points along other meridians that would promote the functioning of the stomach meridian. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is regulated, and health is restored.

Acupuncture does not hurt (or should not hurt if used properly). The sensation created by the insertion of each needle should only be one of heaviness. Often this heaviness may be felt over regions of the body that are related with each other.

Most patients find acupuncture treatment very relaxing. A lot of them are surprised to find how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even go to sleep during treatment. One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle, as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needles to avoid any injuries. And we use disposable needles only.