The human body is so magnificently complex that even the smallest action can elicit the most sophisticated physiological response
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin solid needles into the body at specific points to stimulate blood circulation, bring about natural immune response, and for the circulation of qi. The needles are sterile, single-use, stainless steel and are about the thickness of a shaft of human hair.
What to Expect
Needles are most commonly inserted into the arms and legs at or near the site of pain. Depending on a person’s condition, acupuncture points on the back or front of the body, as well as the head and face may be used. Needles are typically retained for about 20-30 minutes, during which time one will feel very relaxed and may even fall asleep. Needle retention time varies according to the patient and their condition — as some people need more time, some less. The same principle applies to the number of needles used, which vary from person to person and from treatment to treatment, depending on an individual’s condition at the time of treatment.
What does acupuncture feel like? Does it hurt?
When done correctly, acupuncture does not hurt. Depending on your reactivity and the point being treated, you may feel the insertion of the needle and subsequently the “qi sensation.” This can range from a dull ache to a throbbing, distending feeling that can move up or down the body and limbs. These are all normal sensations. Most people describe the feeling of being very relaxed at the end of treatment.
What can acupuncture treat?
Before “Chinese medicine” was called such, it was just simply known as medicine. Acupuncture as an effective healing tool has been used for everything from the common cold to operative anesthesia. The World Health Organization has published an official report on the effectiveness of acupuncture based on evidence from clinical trials. This list includes conditions such as allergic rhinitis, headache, dysentery, blood pressure regulation, stroke, adverse affects in the treatment of oncology, and various types of pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists acupuncture as an effective treatment tool for chronic diseases and pain in lieu of pharmaceutical interventions. Since acupuncture stimulates and guides the body’s innate healing response, it can be used for just about any thing on any body.
For a full list of what we use acupuncture to treat at Evolve, please visit Conditions We Treat.
For questions regarding appointment details and treatment at Evolve, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.