What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — that flows through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, your energy flow will re-balance.

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How long does treatment take?

The average treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes, but can go up to as long as 45 minutes, depending upon the problem being treated. Some conditions are improved with one visit; other treatments will involve multiple visits. On average, with weekly treatment a condition should show some improvement within 8-12 visits. If you do not see any improvement during that time, it may be appropriate to re-evaluate with the practitioner whether or not to continue in treatment.

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Are acupuncture needles sterile and safe?

Yes. The government requires acupuncturists to follow very strict sterilization procedures. In addition, presterilized needles are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in sterilized containers to ensure compliance with the law.

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How deep do acupuncture needles go?

Acupuncture points are located near or on the surface of the skin. Usually needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth. Depth of insertion will depend on the nature of the condition being treated, the patients’ size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturists’ style.

Conditions that can be treated by acupuncture:

The World Health Organization of the United Nations has compiled the following list of some of the many conditions for which acupuncture is considered appropriate:

  • Anxiety 

  • Stress

  • Muscular-skeletal pain 

  • Sports injuries 

  • Headache

  • Migraines

  • Menstrual pain

  • Cosmetic

Other conditions which are commonly treated with Chinese medicine are:

allergies, stop smoking, cardio-vascular problems, loose weight, pediatric diseases, post partum care, geriatric diseases, sexual dysfunction, hiccups, toothache, joint pain, frequent, urgent or painful urination, low energy, migraine, headaches, sports injuries, fibroids

Contact Lucy to find out more about how acupuncture could help you achieve your health goals.