Acupuncture is one of the oldest known forms of healthcare. It is a complete system of medicine which is used to treat a broad spectrum of health problems. Acupuncture works with the natural energies inherent within all living things to promote the body's ability to heal itself. Based upon principles which have been used in the Orient for the last 4000 years, acupuncture was virtually unknown in the United States until the early 1970's when information between China and the U.S. was exchanged. Historian's have said: "Over the centuries more people have been helped by acupuncture than by all other health sciences combined."
How Does Acupuncture Feel?
Most people would assume having a needle inserted into the skin would be painful, however, acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a thick hair. Insertion by a skilled practitioner usually will be completely painless; in most cases the needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin. Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of getting an injection, as the main source of pain from injections is the hollow needle and the medication being forced in the the tissue by pressure. Many patients fall asleep during their acupuncture treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The duration of the disease, the amount of deterioration, and the constitution of each patient must be taken into account when determining the number of treatments necessary. Most chronic conditions require a minimum of ten treatments to alleviate symptons and balance the energy so that symptons are not likely to recur.
How Do Most Patients Respond to Acupuncture?
Some people feel progressively better after each treatment. Some illnesses so dull the senses that the full severity of the symptoms is no longer clearly felt. As the life force returns, sensitivity returns, so that a patient may temporarily feel worse. This passes in a short time. Generally illnesses of short duration respond quickly while chronic problems respond more slowly.