Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are safe and effective therapies that can address a broad spectrum of common ailments. TCM encompasses a number of different medicinal practices including acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha, cupping, and the use of Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture, specifically, refers to the use of fine needles that are strategically inserted into the body to relieve tension and allow the free flow of qi (our vital energy) and blood throughout the body. Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2,000 years, during which time more than 1,000 known acupoints have been mapped on the body.
Acupuncture is effective in treating everything from back pain and digestive issues to infertility. It is also good for combating diarrhea, high cholesterol, colds and flus. It can even relieve your toothaches, sinus pressure, and nausea! Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional. Only sterile, disposable needles are used today removing any possibility for contamination.
Acupuncture needles are solid and as thin as a strand of hair, therefore most patients find them to be painless. It is nothing like receiving shots or other injections, though a patient may experience some tingling and warmth on the skin. Most patients find acupuncture to be highly relaxing and will often fall asleep during treatment. Following treatment, it is not uncommon for patients to feel relief, either total or partial, while others might experience a return of their prior symptoms. Should the latter occur, the pain should subside over the next couple of days.