Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient TCM principles which go back over two thousand years. It looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body's equilibrium. Acupuncture is uniquely suited to modern life as it sees the interdependence of the physical, emotional and mental bodies and works to establish harmony within these connections. Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.
Licensed Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques, including pulse and tongue diagnostics, that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus of each acupuncture treatment is on the individual, not just their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
Using unique assessment tools, including observation of the tongue, pulse and shen, the acupuncturist will create an individualized treatment plan to address your particular condition. To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table, or remain seated in a chair, while the sterile, single use acupuncture needles are inserted precisely on various acupoints on your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between 30 and 60 minutes.
What to wear: loose fitting clothing that gives access to forearms, legs (to knees), or bring shorts/ tee to change into Is it painful? No, not really. People sometimes experience slight pinching sensation when the needles are inserted or a heaviness in the area of the needle. Often after a brief sensation, patients will not notice any other discomfort. How many treatments are required? Each individual is different, as are their conditions. As such, there is no set number of treatments prescribed for everyone. The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.