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AcupunctureAcupuncture is one of the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine that stimulates you bodies natural healing process. Fine needles are inserted into the body on meridian points that have shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health conditions. Electromagnetic research performed over the last three decades has confirmed the existence and location of these points. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that Acupuncture activates the flow of energy forces that nourish tissues, stimulate blood flow and enhance the body's systems.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a strand of hair and the insertion is practically painless. In some points, you may not even feel the needle and in others, you may feel a slight tingling sensation. After insertion, the area may feel itchy, heavy, warm or even numb. The sensation feels almost like when you bump the tip of your elbow.

How many treatments will I need?

That depends on the severity of your condition. If it is acute, maybe one treatment will do, but if it is chronic, estimate 5-12 treatments. As a rule of thumb, estimate 4 treatments for every year that you had the condition. The person's constitutional health and how compliant the person is play a major role in the healing process. The practitioner may suggest diet and lifestyle changes as well as exercise and relaxation techniques. Much of the healing is dependent upon the patient.

Is there anything that I must do before treatment?

Before a treatment it is suggested that you eat something light, not a full meal. You should not go for a treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, upset, shortly after sex or drinking alcohol.

What can I expect after treatment?

Some people may feel immediate relief and some may feel only a slight diminish of their symptoms. Many people have reported a better night's rest and their ability to handle stress have improved. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the symptoms diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.



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