Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body in various depths. Researchers have conducted studies that determined acupuncture is effective at treating depression, anxiety and a variety of cancer and cancer treatment-related symptoms and it is also used for a wide range of other complaints.

what is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves using hair-thin needles to treat a variety of concerns. The needle is inserted to a point that produces a sensation of pressure or ache. Sometimes, the needles may be heated during the treatment or a mild electric current may be applied to them to enhance the results. Some patients report minimal to no pain as the needles are very thin. The other wonderful benefits of acupuncture can make you feel energized and relaxed.

philosophy behind acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach to treating a variety of conditions by triggering specific points on the skin with needles. Paul Kempisty, licensed acupuncturist with a MS in traditional Oriental medicine, explains, “[Acupuncture is] a minimally invasive method to stimulate nerve-rich areas of the skin surface in order to influence tissues, gland, organs, and various functions of the body.”

“Each acupuncture needle produces a tiny injury at the insertion site, and although it’s slight enough to cause little to no discomfort, it’s enough of a signal to let the body know it needs to respond,” Kempisty says. “This response involves stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation to the area, wound healing, and pain modulation.” Contemporary research on acupuncture relies mainly on this theory.

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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

While the experience is different for everyone, acupuncture usually doesn’t cause discomfort or pain because the needles are gently inserted. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, it’s likely to feel a very mild ache or a slight tingling sensation which is good news that the treatment is effectively working.

What conditions may benefit from acupuncture?

Many seek acupuncture treatment for relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis or lower back pain. However, the treatment has expanded uses in other parts of the world. Before considering acupuncture, talk to your doctor.
Conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include the following:
Chemotherapy -induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
-Dental pain
-Headaches and migraines
-Labor pain
-Lower back pain
-Neck pain
-Menstrual cramps

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

how big are the needles used?

The needles used for acupuncture treatment are as thin as a hair; therefore, causing little to no discomfort during the process. 

is acupuncture safe?

It is a very safe treatment and has been a system of medicine for more than 2,500 years. Its efficacy and safe qualities have been proven throughout the years of performing the treatments. 

How many treatments do i need?

In most cases, more than one session is required depending on your specific condition. Some feel immediate relief after one treatment while others require a longer course of treatment for effective pain relief. 

Are there any side effects accompanied by this treatment?

The risks of acupuncture are low when you choose our certified practitioners. We ensure a sterile environment at all times and our equipment is always sanitized. Some common side effects may include the following; soreness, minor bleeding, and low-scale bruises at the sites of the injections. 

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