Acupuncture is a Chinese medical procedure in which diseases can be treated or prevented thru the insertion of needles. The needles are inserted in points over “channels” or in the area of the body where pain is located. These channels are compared to rivers where qi (energy) and blood flows in the body irrigating and nourishing the tissues. An imbalance in the flow of energy leads to disease. The insertion of needles in these points restores the balance of qi and improves blood circulation.
Scientifically, researchers have found that acupuncture boosts the immune function, stimulates the release of endorphins which decrease pain, reduces inflammation, improves circulation, stimulates tissue growth and repair and activates the central and autonomic nervous system. The balance achieved with acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well-being.
In Alivia Acupuncture Clinic, we use very thin needles. Sometimes you don’t even feel them or just experience a brief discomfort. After the insertion of the needle sometimes you can experience what is called “de qi” sensation which is what the acupuncturist is seeking and it can be distention, pressure or numbness in the area. In some instances these sensations are not perceived but it does not mean that the treatment will not be effective. Don’t let the fear of needles hold you back from experiencing the great benefits that acupuncture can bring you!
Acupuncture is safe if it is performed by a well-trained practitioner and when it is administered with a clean technique and with sterile disposable needles.
The number of treatments required to treat a condition depends of the condition being treated, your age, your overall health and for how long have you had that condition. In general acute conditions respond faster than chronic conditions. An initial response to treatment can be seen after the first to fourth treatments. For chronic conditions it can take longer. Each treatment will build upon itself. Usually after a set amount of treatments we reevaluate and asses to see if more treatments are needed. It is not our policy to keep treating for a long period of time.