How Does Acupuncture Work?

How Acupuncture Works

AA Third EyeWhen most people hear the word “acupuncture,” they first picture a person with hundreds of needles sticking out of them. Then they shudder, shake their heads, and say, “thanks, but no thanks.”

But once they understand how acupuncture works, and how small and pain-free the pins are, they usually change their minds.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that’s been around for thousands of years. Countless scientific studies have proven that it’s an effective way to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions by – yes – pricking the skin or tissues with tiny needles in various pressure points throughout the body. While this may seem strange (or sound painful) to the uninitiated, once you understand the theory behind acupuncture – and feel the amazing benefits for yourself – you’ll have a new appreciation for this ancient practice.

The Purpose of Acupuncture
The goal of any acupuncture treatment can be summed up in three simple sentences:

Silhouette woman practicing yoga on the beach at sunsetIt relieves pain.
• It reduces inflammation.
• It restores the body’s natural balance.

According to ancient Chinese wisdom, the human body is engaged in a constant balancing act. When some aspect of the body falls out of balance, the qi – also known as the life force within us – becomes blocked or stagnant, resulting in pain, disease, and injury. While Western medicine treats the symptoms of these ailments, acupuncturists go straight to the source. Through the use of needles and other natural methods, acupuncture restores the flow of qi, returning harmony to the body.

Starting Your Acupuncture Adventure
Robert’s intake sessions are legendary among the Acupuncture Associates’ community. It’s not uncommon for sessions to last as long as two hours, and during this time Robert asks many questions – everything from whether you run hot or cold, to your eating habits. While some of this may seem a little personal, it’s necessary to create a full, holistic view of your individual needs. At the end of this initial consultation, you’ll receive your first acupuncture treatment.

Why Needles?
When the body is healthy, qi is balanced, flowing like a river along pathways in the body, known as meridians. When qi becomes stuck, blocked, or stagnant, acupuncture is an effective way to get it moving again.

There are approximately 2,000 different acupuncture points along the body’s meridians, and they are best stimulated with acupuncture needles which are thinner than a human hair. This relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, allowing the body to heal. While the idea of needles makes many people nervous, there’s no reason to be. Most people report feeling no pain whatsoever when the needles are inserted.

The Needles Are In. Now What?
facial needlesNow you lie back and relax, usually for about twenty minutes, but sometimes up to an hour. Most acupuncturists’ offices are cold, clinical environments, but at Acupuncture Associates we like to do things differently. After the needles are inserted, Dr. Robert plays soft music, places a small pillow scented with essential oils over your eyes, and wraps a soft blanket around your feet. In this safe, supportive environment, don’t be surprised if you take a little nap while the needles work their magic. You won’t be the first!

Stick With It?
The goal of acupuncture is to restore your body’s natural harmony. While this may take a while, we want to heal you, not to create a customer dependent on our services. The less we need to see you, the better!

We hope that this has shed a light on some of the most common questions regarding acupuncture. If you’d like to learn more, make an appointment today.