What Is Acupuncture & How Does It Work

What Is Acupuncture & How Does It Work

Have you ever been recommended to try acupuncture, but have no idea what it really is?

It’s totally normal to be skeptical about a medical treatment that involves inserting needles into your body. However, acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years and is widely used today for various conditions.

In this blog post, we’ll provide you with an informative guide on what acupuncture is and how it works to help relieve pain and promote overall wellness.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a medicine system that originated in ancient China. The treatment involves inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points in the body to promote natural healing and alleviate pain.

The needles used in acupuncture are so thin that it’s common not to experience any pain, and if you do, it’s minimal. Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, fertility, allergies, and insomnia.

How Does it Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body, known as acupoints, that are believed to be connected by pathways known as meridians.

These meridians conduct energy or “qi” throughout the body, which is vital for maintaining health and wellness. When the flow of qi is disrupted, it can lead to physical, emotional, or mental imbalances and illnesses.

Acupuncture aims to restore the body’s balance and unblock energy to allow for natural healing.

What Can You Expect During an Acupuncture Session?

During an acupuncture session, you’ll be asked to lie down on a table or sit in a chair while the acupuncturist inserts the needles into various acupoints in your body.

The needles will be left in for several minutes and may be accompanied by other treatments such as heat therapy or electrical stimulation. The number of needles used during a session can vary depending on the condition being treated.

Is Acupuncture Safe and Effective?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist. There are few side effects, and those that do occur are usually mild and temporary.

Research on the effectiveness of acupuncture shows that it can be extremely effective for certain conditions such as knee pain, headache, migraine, low back pain and fertility.

Acupuncture is a natural and non-invasive treatment that has been used for thousands of years to promote healing and relieve pain. If you are interested in trying acupuncture, make sure to find a licensed and experienced acupuncturist who can answer any questions you may have and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further inquiries or concerns or schedule a free consultation here.

Anna Rudel
San Jose Acupuncturist
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