Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine based on the principal of chi, or energy flow. In the Chinese medicine framework, the free flow of chi throughout the body produces optimal health. Chi is believed to flow along twelve defined pathways, called meridians, which are connected to specific organs. If chi is blocked in any way, illness may result.
Acupuncture works to restore the flow of chi throughout your body by placing very thin, stainless steel, sterile needles at various points in your body. There are as many as 365 acupuncture points along those meridian pathways where needles can be inserted to restore a balance of energy.
During your treatment, your acupuncturist will first start by selecting points along the appropriate meridians, which will be cleaned with cotton that has been dipped in alcohol. Sterilized needles are then placed on the selected points. Acupuncture needles are different lengths and gauges, but are generally hair-thin, solid and made of stainless steel. Some acupuncturists may use pre-sterilized, disposable needles.
Typically needles are placed just below the skin’s surface, but some may go deeper, depending on the points being treated. Usually, most patients only experience a brief sensation as the needle is first being placed. Once the needles are in place, they generally cannot be felt.
Many patients find the treatment very relaxing and experience a feeling of well-being. Often patients are surprised at how comfortable they are during the treatment and how easily the needles are placed. Needles typically stay in place for about 20-30 minutes; however, this may vary depending on your individual needs. Our acupuncturist will use a variety of services during your 1 hour session. They will also use cupping, Gua Sha tools, infrared heat lamps, and Asian body massage. They focus on your location of pain but also will address other health related issues as need such as helping with hormones, sleeping, anxiety, chronic pain, bladder and bowel, and allergies.