What is acupuncture and how does it work?Acupuncture is part of the traditional Chinese system of medicine. This system believes the body is primarily an energetic organism. If the flow of energy through the body is clear then an individual will be in good health. Illness occurs when the flow of energy is blocked or out of balance. This may happen for various reasons whether physical or emotional.
The first treatment includes a thorough case-history. This involves questions about your symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, diet, digestion, sleep, energy levels and emotional wellbeing.
The acupuncturist will also look at your tongue and feel your pulse. In traditional Chinese medicine the tongue and pulse provide important information about energy levels.
Once a diagnosis has been made, acupuncture points are chosen and needles inserted. Needle insertion should be relatively painless though you may feel some warmth or tingling near the needle. Needles are usually left in place for approximately 20 minutes.
Acupuncture can be used for children and adults alike. Children generally respond quickly to acupuncture and the needles used are much shorter and finer. Treatment time is greatly reduced and for children under eight years the needles are not usually left in place for more than a few seconds.