Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles, not much more than the size of a human hair, into specific points of the body that are carefully selected according to the patient’s complaint and diagnosis. The overall influence of acupuncture is to regulate and to balance. According to the classical doctrines of Chinese medicine, the body has a continuous flow of energy that originates from all major organs and flows through out the body via channels called meridians. When this flow is disturbed or blocked, pain or illness may occur. By manipulating acupuncture points on these meridians, an acupuncturist seeks to unblock the meridians and allow the energy to flow continuously. The body returns to its normal physical condition by eliminating or preventing disease.
There are many theories in Western medicine as to how acupuncture works . The most popular explanation is one by physicist Z.H. Cho which postulates a direct correlation between acupuncture and the brain. In his work, he has applied advance medical imaging to examine acupuncture related to changes in the bran’s function. According to these studies, acupuncture has a direct effect on cortical involvement, such as humoral functions of the hypothalamus, brain stem and the pituitary gland, that when stimulated with an acupuncture needle, secretes beta endorphins (natural pain killers) into the blood, causing and analgesic effect. Additionally, acupuncture has an effect on stimulating the body’s immune system which has an anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious effect on the body.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and flexible. Upon insertion, a patient may feel a sensation of heaviness or tingling, which goes away immediately, after the treatment, patients often report feeling relaxed or euphoric. All needles are single use and disposable.
How many treatments are necessary?
Each person is unique. The severity and duration of the condition and the physical state of the patient dictate how many treatments will be required. On average, a course of treatment usually takes between five to ten sessions. In order to get the best therapeutic results, acute cases should be treated daily for a few days, followed by rest and then daily again for a few days. Chronic cases usually need two or three visits per week. For a health maintenance program and /or preventative care, once every week or once every two weeks is recommended.