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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 20-30 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does acupuncture relieve pain? 

By stimulating specific acupuncture points, it releases endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals. It is also affecting part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood. 

Does acupuncture help with inflammation?

One well-researched effect of acupuncture is reducing inflammation throughout the body. Acupuncture stimulates chemicals that reduce swelling and quiet unwanted immune responses and allergic reactions.

Why is acupuncture so healing? 

Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system. This, in turn releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. 

How often should you go for acupuncture?

The number of treatments depends on your condition, its severity, how your body responds, and what you are doing outside of treatments (ie. lifestyle changes). Some have an appointment every two weeks. Others get treatment more or less often, depending on how long the effects last. Your acupuncturist will recommend a schedule that's right for you. 

Can acupuncture release toxins?

Acupuncture naturally acts as a diuretic in that it helps the body to remove toxins through urine.

You may be experiencing a detoxification or cleansing of your body after the acupuncture. When poisons leave the system, there may be discomfort such as headache, sniffles, a slight fever, strong feeling of drowsiness, lethargy or similar reactions. 

Can acupuncture drain your lymphatic system? 

It will help stimulate lymph flow and help remove toxins from the body by increasing circulation. 

Why do acupuncturists check your tongue? 

Chinese medicine believes that tongues reveal the state of an individual's organ health and circulation. A healthy tongue should appear fresh with a light red or dark pink coloration.

What you should not do after acupuncture.

Avoid drinking coffee or alcohol afterward, they can cause dehydration and the body to lose awareness. Acupuncture aims to promote better clarity and awareness of how we feel. Consuming alcoholic beverages can reduce your senses, while coffee can falsely boost them.

Why do I feel emotional after acupuncture? 

Feeling sensitive days after acupuncture is entirely normal and signifies the treatment is working. In traditional Chinese medicine, physical and emotional health are interrelated. It is also working to regain homeostasis with the endocrine system.

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