Considering Acupuncture? Here's What You Should Know

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Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 2,500 years to treat all sorts of physical and psychological ailments as well as to improve general health. The treatment alters the flow of your energy – or chi – by placing fine needles into specific body channels, or meridians. Western medicine offers a more scientific explanation for acupuncture’s positive effects, asserting that the insertion of the needles stimulates muscles, connective tissue, and nerves – activating your body’s natural painkillers.

At our offices of Allied Integrative Health and Wellness, you may be referred to our expert acupuncturist to help you with pain relief, a chronic disorder, or ultimate wellness. Understand more about the therapy and how it can help you.

Why consider acupuncture?

Acupuncture has a wide range of applications and can be used to treat a variety of conditions. The therapy can relieve pain, especially in the neck and low back. Acupuncture may help treat emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression, or to relieve pain due to migraines. Chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory disorders, such as asthma, may also improve with acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture can even treat digestive complaints, including irritable bowel syndrome, and menstrual cramps. Men and women with osteoarthritis also benefit. Use acupuncture to treat infertility, addictions, and chronic fatigue.

Anyone looking to enhance their wellbeing can benefit from acupuncture treatments.

What happens during acupuncture treatment?

At your first visit, our acupuncturist does a comprehensive health history assessment to determine where you might have energy flow blockages. The acupuncturist also evaluates your pulse, examines your tongue, looks at your skin coloration, and discusses your diet and bowel habits.

How the needles are placed during your treatment depends on findings at this initial evaluation. When inserted, you may feel a momentary sharp, stinging sensation – but oftentimes, you feel nothing at all. Once the needles are placed, the acupuncturist may manipulate them a little – swirling them or moving them gently. At the points of insertion, you may feel a dull, deep ache as the needles stay in place for 5-20 minutes.

Our expert acupuncturist places the needles at a depth appropriate for your complaints, but never deep enough to puncture your internal organs.

How many treatments are needed?

Exactly how many acupuncture treatments will benefit you depends on your illness, complaint, or health goal. If you have an acute problem, such as low back pain, you may find relief after two to four treatments. If you have a chronic issue, such as arthritis or asthma, you may need 12 or more sessions over the course of a few months to resolve symptoms. If you’re considering acupuncture to enhance your overall wellness, reduce stress, and boost immunity, you may benefit from a regularly monthly appointment.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture has very few side effects. The therapy is exceptionally safe when provided by a skilled, trained provider such as the one here at Allied Integrative Health and Wellness. When conventional medicine fails to offer you pain relief or wellness, acupuncture may be the right step. Call our office, or book a consultation online to learn more.

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