Q&A – Acupuncture Part I

In today’s society, a lot of people are curious about acupuncture, what it does and can treat, if it hurts, and how it works.  I am here to answer a few of these questions for you today.  Each week on Tuesdays, I’ll answer a few more questions regarding this medicine!

Look at those harmless needles!


How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system and circulation system in a way that facilitates natural healing.  It can release endorphins as pain killers, enhance immune cells, relax muscle cells, and change the brain chemistry by stimulating the release of different hormones.  From a Chinese medical perspective, pain and disease starts when there is an imbalance in the body, so acupuncture works to maintain a full balance within the body.
Does is hurt? What is it supposed to feel like?
Acupuncture is not known to produce much pain.  There are hundred of points on the body and some can be more uncomfortable than others.  The needling can provide a feeling of heaviness at the site and within the body, itchiness, and a possible dull ache or short electrical sensation.  There generally isn’t pain once the needle is inserted or after the treatment, but it’s possible.  I like to think that when a particular point hurts, that point probably needed some attention!
What can acupuncture treat?
Chinese medicine and acupuncture is a complete medical system that can treat just about all you can imagine.  It can treat all kinds of pain, circulatory, immunity, gynecology, emotional/mental, gastrointestinal, addiction, respiratory, skin, and weight control issues.  You can also come to an acupuncturist for preventative care as well.   It can be used for nearly all medical issues, however, It is not used in place of acute infections or traumas.
If you have any questions about anything to do with acupuncture, please let me know and I’ll answer it for you.

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