How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific points to affect the flow of energy. By inserting the needles into the specific points, the acupuncture physician manipulates the patient’s energy to achieve an overall physical balance. It is a Chinese therapeutic method for changing the flow or quality of the life force and rebalancing body energies. The Chinese say that Qi circulates within fourteen major meridians, or energy channels, traversing the body from the top of the head to the tips of the fingers and toes. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ. Specific points on each invisible channel, when stimulated, affect the flow of Qi in that and other channels or in the associated organs. By stimulating these points with extremely fine needles or massage, acupuncture unblocks energy or adjusts its flow. Inserting and manipulating the needles is believed to correct the imbalances that cause the disease.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, such as: persistent pain, arthritis, asthma, infertility, cold and flu, stress disorders, insomnia, fatigue, depression, migraines, skin conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders, smoking, and acute and chronic diseases.
Acupuncture is a safe technique. The needles are as thin as a hair, are made of high quality stainless steel, they are sterile, individually wrapped, and disposable. Each acu-point has its own location and depth insertion, and acupuncture physician are trained to insert the needles in a safe way to avoid injuries. Since the needles are so thin the patient usually does not feel the insertion. Once the needle reaches the energy patient may feel some local pressure or tingling, pulling sensation, fullness, numbness, or local warmth that will last up to one second.
What should you expect on your first Five Element Acupuncture Visit ?
On your first classical Five Element Acupuncture visit you and your practitioner will get the opportunity to go over your medical history and current physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state. This information will assist your acupuncture physician in planning and tailoring your future treatments. On this visit you will also get a deep detoxifying treatment that will work on the three levels of Body, Mind and Spirit.
It is recommended to come to treatment twice a week for the first two weeks, following with once a week for 10 weeks. At this point your acupuncture physician will assess your new state of being and will recommend the frequency of your visits.
Some Acupuncture practices accept Health Insurances that cover Acupuncture treatments or Office Visits. You may check your Acupuncture coverage with the practitioner you choose to work with before your first visit.