Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, thin filament needles into the skin to trigger the natural
healing process of the body. It is based on the traditional Chinese medicine, according to
which the human body consists of over 2000 acupuncture points. These points are
connected by meridians which create an optimal energy flow throughout the body. This
steady flow of energy is responsible for your overall health and wellness. Disorders or
diseases disrupt the energy flow and hence the role of acupuncture treatment comes into
What Happens During Acupuncture Treatment?
Though the process involves needles, it is anything but painful or even intimidating. The
needles used in the treatment are very thin and are specifically designed to enter the skin
without causing pain.
The acupuncturist treats you in three distinct stages. Let’s have a look at each of them so
you know what to expect.
Acupuncture is not for everyone. So, you must share your health concerns with the
practitioner and let them evaluate your condition. Professionals these days often combine
Eastern and Western approaches while performing acupuncture. They ask you about your
symptoms and lifestyle. They also examine the following:
- Rhythm of your pulse in the wrist
- Parts of your body that are painful
- Color of your face
- Characteristics of your tongue
The first appointment is usually an hour long. However, it may vary depending on how
severe your symptoms are. The acupuncturist lets you know if this is the right treatment for
you after the consultation.
As mentioned earlier, our body consists of thousands of acupuncture points. However, the
points may also be located away from the area of pain. So, the acupuncturist detects the
appropriate points underneath your muscles and explain the procedure accordingly.
They ask you to wear a gown and lie on a padded table.
Once you are ready, the professional inserts the needles strategically at various depths
depending on what your body needs. They may also manipulate the needle if required such
as moving them gently or applying mild electrical pulses.
After the procedure
A typical session involves about 15 needles. Those remain in place for 10-15 minutes. The
duration and number of needles vary depending on your condition.
After the needles are removed, patients feel energized and relaxed. Some report the pain to
subside right after the first session while others may need two or more sessions for complete
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture is highly beneficial for conditions affecting the neck, back, head and face. It
also a great option to treat chronic health conditions such as:
● Knee pain
● Headaches or migraines
● Muscle pain
● Menstrual cramps
● Tennis Elbow
● Carpal tunnel syndrome
● Breathing problems
● Irritable bowel syndrome
Is it Safe?
It is safe to choose acupuncture treatment if you have a licensed acupuncture practitioner by
your side. Your doctor can also refer you to a certified and experienced professional. You
can also ask your friends and family. A licensed acupuncture practitioner is the best person
to guide you through the procedure and decide whether it is suitable for your condition.