Acupuncture Needle + Human Body = Therapeutic Effect
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture. Today, the disposable needles are made of stainless steel with either a plastic or steel handle. The needles are sterilized, individually packed and come with a plastic guiding tube.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed. Acupuncture points (also referred to as ‘acupoints’) are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) flows through the body.
A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as ‘de Qi’ and is considered by some traditional acupuncturists to be necessary for acupuncture to be effective. The experience of Acupuncture is that relief of pain can often be obtained without provoking the de Qi response. Recent studies indicate that there is a difference in the response of the brain to needling with and without the de Qi sensation1. The needles are left in place for 15-20 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. The practitioner may also apply electrical stimulation to some needles.
The main functions & benefits of Acupuncture are:
» Normalization of autonomic nervous dysfunction
» Control of pain
What to do before an Acupuncture treatment:
» Have a light meal.
» Take no alcohol, barbiturate or tranquilizer for 4 hours before treatment.
» Continue any other medication as prescribed by your doctor.
» Do not smoke for 1 hour before a treatment.
» Be well rested, if possible.
What to do after an Acupuncture treatment:
» Rest for 2 hours after you get home, if possible.
» If treatment is for a painful condition, avoid strenuous activity for 2 days after treatment, even if you are pain-free.
» Take pain pills or other medication as directed by your doctor: keep a record of amount taken. Do not take any alcohol or caffeine for 2 hours after treatment. Do not smoke tobacco for 1 hour after a treatment.
» Some people obtain relief immediately, some notice improvement after a few hours, some after a few days. Some require several treatments before responding. Some do not respond.
» Occasionally symptoms become worse before they improve. This usually only lasts 1-2 days.
» The number of treatments required varies with each person and condition.