Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine and is one of the oldest systems of medicine, dating back about 5,000 years. It is based on the belief that what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. Organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning.
One traditional Chinese medicine concept is qi (pronounced “chi”), which is considered a vital force of energy. Qi flows through body pathways, called meridians and imbalances in the flow of qi cause illnesses. Correction of imbalances restores health.
Acupuncture restores the balance, simultaneously restoring health to the mind of body.
On your first visit to receive acupuncture, you should expect to give a detailed health history to your practitioner. After review, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. Your doctor will then examine various acupuncture points on your body and, using the information, determine the cause of your symptoms.
Needles and or electric stimulation will be applied to specific acupuncture points on the body.
The number of treatment sessions will depend upon the seriousness of your condition. A typical course may consist of 10 sessions, although improvements can occur after a few visits.
Accupuncture needles are solid and hair thin. They are generally inserted no more than ½-inch to one inch deep. Most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as needles are inserted. Some report a feeling of excitement, while others feel relaxed.
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