Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medicine therapy that balances the body’s “qi,” or energy. Approximately three million Americans use the treatment annually.
During a session, very fine needles are placed into specified meridians, or energy points, in your body. Western medicine explains that the needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, nervous system, and connective tissue to promote healing. These chemicals change the experience of pain and can induce recovery.
Not usually. Some people feel numbness or tingling at points in which the needles are inserted, but rarely feel pain or discomfort. Each session should give you mental and physical relief from your symptoms and make you feel relaxed. If you’re anxious about treatment, consult with Dr. Cho so she can answer your questions about acupuncture and its benefits.
Side effects are rare and minimal. Because the needles are so thin, it’s unlikely you’ll experience any bruising. Disposable or thoroughly sterilized stainless steel needles are used, so there’s no risk of infection.
Acupuncture promotes good health and prevents illness, so you don’t have to be sick or in pain to benefit from the treatment. However, a number of acute and chronic conditions improve with acupuncture therapy. These include:
During the session, you lie down or sit comfortably and have the fine needles positioned at specific points throughout your body. The needles remain in for several minutes. After they’re removed, you’re ready to go home.
The number of sessions you need depends on the condition being treated and your personal constitution. Talk to Dr. Cho to discuss your acupuncture treatment plan. You may experience relief of your symptoms and increased energy right after your first session, but will probably need multiple sessions to achieve optimal results.
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