It is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving thin needles inserted into the body at acupuncture points. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to these same points. Acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Treatment is provided by the use of finely honed needles, as fine as 0.013mm needles. Points in the body are selected by your registered acupuncturist once a pattern of behavior or diagnosis is established. Each treatment is immediately effective, as once a needle is in, your energy system otherwise known as ‘Qi’ is accessed.
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility. Acupuncture produces little to no side effects when delivered properly by a licensed acupuncturist.
Chances are that patients may report minor soreness for a period of time immediately following treatment, although it is rarely a cause for concern. In many cases, acupuncture cannot possibly cure the physical ailment. Acupuncture involves regularly scheduled follow-up treatments which may prove a hassle for few. Also it may turn costly as they are often not covered by health insurance providers.