How does acupuncture work?
Currently, there is no western scientific theory that explains all of the psychological mechanisms underlying the effects of Acupuncture. This is because Acupuncture has a range of therapeutic effects on the body thus the action must vary depending on the type of pathology. However, it is said that acupuncture primarily produces its effect through regulating the nervous system. Regulation of the nervous system helps the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. These affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.
How safe is acupuncture?
FDA approved acupuncture needles are factory sterilized and disposed of after use. Needles have no coating on them and do not contain any substance. Licensed acupuncturists are fully trained in anatomy and acupuncture point location, as well as certified in Clean Needle Technique, maximizing your safety.
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin (less than 1/10th the thickness of the typical hypodermic needle) and made from stainless steel. Insertion through the skin is much less painful than injection or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle. By using disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.
During the initial exam, a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. The acupuncturist may check pulses and tongue. This information is then organized to create a diagnosis of your body condition. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. The acupuncturist will place fine, sterile acupoints on the body. It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
A treatment normally takes about 45 to 60 minutes.