What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient technique used to stimulate the healing mechanisms of the body.
During the course of an Acupuncture treatment, hair- thin, sterile, needles are inserted into specific points of the body. These points gently alert the body to an area that requires healing. The body then sends healing resources to the affected area as the person is allowed to rest in a comfortable and cozy position. This process normally takes between 30 and 60 minutes with initial assessments requiring an additional 30 minutes
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Many people have developed a fear or dislike of needles because of the use of large, hypodermic needles in Western medical settings. However, Acupuncture needles are smaller, thinner, and much more "kind" in presence. Patients are often pleasantly surprised to find that Acupuncture treatment is quite comfortable. The initial sensations of heaviness, dullness, or achiness at the site of the needle are quickly replaced by the warmth and movement of the body's subtle healing mechanisms. Most people find Acupuncture to be a delightful and minimally-invasive way to treat illness and promote health.
How Often Is Acupuncture Needed?
The frequency that acupuncture is needed depends heavily on the case and what is being treated. For acute problems, such as pain related to injury, or post-stroke sequellae, it is ideal to have acupuncture several times a week and as close to the date of onset as possible. In these situations, the sooner and more frequent, the better.
In more chronic cases, more time may be preferable between treatments. Many of these details also depend heavily on the practitioner's style of intervention, their use of herbal medicine, and other techniques. As a patient, it is very important to communicate with your practitioner and have a clear understanding of how your treatment is being planned. At Root & Branch, we use the Initial Consult to create a clear treatment plan for every patient. We find that this method not only allows us to measure accurately the results of an intervention, but also to keep patients active and aware of their own healing process.
Other Tools & Techniques
While acupuncture stands as a primary method of intervention for Chinese Medicine practitioners, we also use other techniques during treatment, such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, bodywork, and more. For more information about these techniques, please see the Other Techniques section.