Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical therapies available. It was first used in China over 4,000 years ago.

Acupuncture is a treatment method involving the gentle insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of one’s Qi (pronounced “chee”) or natural healing energy. Some of the benefits include: improving circulation, boosting serotonin levels in the brain, inducing relaxation, and relieving pain. Acupuncture is used for treating many disorders such as anxiety, depression, seasonal allergies, common cold, cough, headaches, painful menstrual periods, and digestive disorders; as well as musculoskeletal disorders, injury, and pain management.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

When patients receive an acupuncture treatment for the first time they often report a variety of different sensations. The most common sensations are tingling, mild soreness or heaviness. The sterile needles are inserted ¼ to 1 inch in depth. The acupuncturist attains a high level of skill in gently placing these needles with minimal discomfort. Most patients find the treatments are very relaxing.

How many treatments will be required?

The number of treatments varies from person to person depending upon the injury or condition. Usually 6 to 12 treatments are required. Acute conditions may require daily treatment and chronic conditions may need weekly or biweekly visits. Normally, after 7 to 10 treatments, patients should notice obvious improvement.

Paul TrinhAcupuncture