Acupuncture is a natural healing practice derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Fine needles with smooth, rounded tips glide gently through the space between individual tissue cells, accessing carefully selected ‘acupoints’ on the body to adjust the flow of life energy, or ‘Qi’ and correct patterns of disharmony.
Traditional Eastern medicine takes the approach that we become ill when our body is out of balance, or something blocks our energy flow. When acupuncture stimulates specific points along the energy channels that connect all the major organs, blockages are released, and the body’s natural healing ability can take over.
Western medicine has also acknowledged the benefits of acupuncture on the body’s physiological processes. Acupoints are located in high concentrations of nerve bundles and nerve endings, mast cells (used for immune response), lymphatic ducts, and capillaries. When they are stimulated by acupuncture, results include improved physiologic function, enhanced immunity, and better sleep patterns.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
In Western medicine acupuncture is commonly used to help patients:
- Manage pain and emotional disorders
- Stop smoking
- Recover from a stroke
- Treat gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, and sexual dysfunctions
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, and virtually painless when inserted. On some areas of the body, you won’t even feel their application while other sites may produce a tingling, hot, cold, or aching sensation. These are all signs that your Qi has been accessed and is now moving. Many patients say that they find their treatments comfortable and enjoy a huge sense of relaxation afterwards.
What Kind of Acupuncture Needles Do We Use?
We use high-quality needles that are both sterile and disposable. Whether the needle is used for body acupuncture or auricular acupuncture, the entire length of the needle shaft is coated with a micro layer of FDA-approved bioinert silicone to aid in reaching target depth and to minimize discomfort.
If you have questions about acupuncture in general or our approach in particular, please contact Acucure Clinic at (778) 200-7543.