In traditional Chinese medicine, When qi gets stuck, it can cause pain, discomfort, reduced bodily function, or illness. Strategic placement of the needles releases the blockage and allows energy to flow as your body’s natural healing process kicks in.
Acupuncture employs needles to help balance your flow of qi throughout the body. Needles are strategically placed in specific points along 14 meridians or qi pathways in the body in order to rebalance your energy flow.
Western practitioners rely on acupuncture as a way to naturally stimulate your body’s pain relief functions and increase your blood flow, by stimulating nerves, muscles and tissue at these specific pressure points, which are known as acupuncture points.
What happens during an acupuncture ?
During the session, the patient lies down on a bed, the acupuncturist will insert needles at acupuncture points which may or may not be close to where the patient is actually experiencing the pain or discomfort. Anywhere between 5 to 20 needles are typical for use during a single treatment. The acupuncturist may move, twirl, heat, or apply electric pulses to the needles, depending on patient symptoms. The needles are very thin so most individuals experience little to no discomfort or just a slight ache. The patient simply lies still while the needles remain in places for up to 20 minutes, at which point the acupuncturist will painlessly remove them. Immediately after an acupuncture session, many individuals report a blissful, relaxed.
Acupuncture remains a popular holistic treatment because it effectively relieves pain and discomfort, without many of the dependency issues or side effects posed by other therapies and medication.