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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. (If you are familiar with the needles used by diabetics, I can fit several of my needles inside the insulin needle!) When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that acupuncturists call de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

What Types of Problems Can be Treated With Acupuncture?

Here is a partial list of conditions for which the World Health Organization  has determined acupuncture is effective:

· Side effects of Chemo- and radiation therapy · Allergic rhinnitus · Gallbladder pain · Depression · Painful periods · Stomach ulcer pain · Facial pain · Headaches, migraines · Hypertension · Hypotension · Low white blood cell count (leukopenia) · Low back pain · Dental pain · Pain after surgery · Kidney pain · Rheumatoid arthritis · Sciatica · Stroke · Tennis elbow, and much, much more

The WHO also found that acupuncture could be used to treat many diseases and disorders:

· Pain · Obesity · Narcotic dependence · PCOS, PMS, fertility · Prostatitis · Chronic itchy skin · Urine problems · Facial and eye pain · Bell’s palsy · Fibromyalgia · Cancer pain · Acute gallbladder pain · Diabetes (Type II) · And much, much more

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is usually necessary. Acute conditions may require 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being are encouraged so you maintain your optimal health.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

This is a frequently asked question and the answer is "we aren't really sure". Neither Eastern nor Western medicine has been able to figure out what happens when an acupuncture needle is inserted. Both sides have plausible hypothesis, and some changes in the body has been measured but as yet nothing is "proven". What we do know, thru both thousands of years of experience and thru modern experimentation,  it works for most conditions for which the ancients claimed it would--even if that condition has a modern name and a modern description.



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