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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does acupuncture relieve pain? 

By stimulating specific acupuncture points, prompting the release of endorphins— the body's natural pain-killing chemicals. Additionally, it influences a region of the brain associated with serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation.

Does acupuncture help with inflammation?

One well-researched effect of acupuncture is its potential to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Acupuncture stimulates the release of certain chemicals that can effectively diminish swelling and mitigate unwanted immune responses, including allergic reactions. The modulation of these physiological processes is considered a key aspect of acupuncture's anti-inflammatory properties.

Why is acupuncture so healing? 

Acupuncture activates the central nervous system, initiating the release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes are thought to trigger the body's innate healing capacities, contributing to enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

How often should you go for acupuncture?

The frequency of acupuncture treatments is contingent upon various factors, including the nature and severity of your condition, your body's response, and any concurrent lifestyle changes. Treatment plans may vary, with some individuals opting for bi-weekly appointments, while others may require more or less frequent sessions based on the duration of the effects. Your acupuncturist will assess your individual circumstances and recommend a personalized schedule that aligns with your specific needs.

Can acupuncture release toxins?

Acupuncture naturally acts as a diuretic, aiding the body in removing toxins through urine. You may experience a detoxification or cleansing of your body following acupuncture, during which the departure of toxins from the system may lead to discomfort such as headaches, sniffles, a slight fever, a strong feeling of drowsiness, lethargy, or similar reactions

Can acupuncture drain your lymphatic system? 

the body by enhancing circulation. Although it doesn't directly drain the lymphatic system, the improved circulation contributes to the overall effectiveness of the lymphatic system in eliminating waste and toxins.

Why do acupuncturists check your tongue? 

In Chinese medicine, the tongue is considered a reflection of an individual's organ health and circulation. A healthy tongue is expected to exhibit a fresh appearance with a light red or dark pink coloration.

What you should not do after acupuncture?

It is advisable to refrain from consuming coffee or alcohol after acupuncture, as they can contribute to dehydration and diminish overall awareness. Acupuncture seeks to enhance clarity and awareness of one's physical and emotional states. Alcohol consumption may dull the senses, while coffee can artificially heighten them, potentially affecting the intended benefits of the acupuncture session.

Why do I feel emotional after acupuncture? 

Feeling sensitive days after acupuncture is entirely normal and signifies that the treatment is working. In traditional Chinese medicine, physical and emotional health are viewed as interconnected, and acupuncture is designed to facilitate the restoration of homeostasis within the endocrine system.

Acupuncture is

Acupuncture is a holistic health practice that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body known as acupoints. The practitioner will select points on the body according to the patient's symptoms and diagnosis. The needles are inserted to a depth of a few millimeters to a few centimeters depending on the location, and are left in place for 10 -15 minutes.

The theory behind acupuncture is that it helps to balance the body's energy flow, also called Qi or Chi. According to traditional Chinese medicine, when Qi is flowing freely and in balance, the body is healthy. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, illness or pain can occur. Acupuncture is thought to stimulate the flow of Qi, and thereby promoting healing and reducing symptoms.

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps, infertility, digestive issues, stress, depression, and anxiety. It is also used to improve overall health and well-being. Acupuncture is considered safe when performed by a qualified and licensed practitioner.

It's important to note that acupuncture is not a substitute for conventional medical care, and it's always recommended to consult with a licensed acupuncturist and primary care doctor to see if it is appropriate for you.

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