Acupuncture is based on the assumption that Qi (energy) courses through the meridians in the body just as streams and rivers ebb and flow across the surface of the earth. Every organ has a corresponding set of channels or meridians. The acupuncture points are located in small depression in the skin called “gates” where the channels come closest to the surface. With acupuncture, the gates of the body are opened and closed to adjust circulation in the channels and expel noxious influences from them. The acupuncture needles are inserted into the points to mobilize Qi, blood and moisture while invigorating proper function of muscles, nerves, vessels, glands, and organs.
Usually relaxation and an elevation of spirits accompanies treatment. Some people feel the desire to continue resting as it is the me energized. Some symptom relief will be experienced and a sense of well being will continue for days following treatment.
Acupuncture can be helpful in treating addictions and ailments such as:
- chronic fatigue
- stress reduction
- signs of aging
- surgical recovery
- decreased immunity
- support while receiving chemotherapy or radiation
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe healing modality if performed by a licensed and trained practitioner. Acupuncture Physicians are trained to know the proper placement of acupuncture needles in various areas of the body. The practitioner should always evaluate at each visit the appropriateness of performing acupuncture on the client on that particular day then proceed as needed.
There are some suggestions that a client can do on their part to make the treatment most effective and enjoyable. The first is to relax. There is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
Secondly, do not change position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell the doctor. If you feel dizzy, nausea, a cold sweat, short of breath or faint- these are all signs of nervousness and the practitioner should immediately remove the needles and administer comfort measures to ease the patient. You should experience only a sense of relaxation and well-being after the treatment. If there is pain or marked discomfort, discuss it with the doctor so that adjustments can be made to the treatment protocol.