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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for for thousands of years. The practice of acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. This stimulates the movement of energy to promote balance and support our natural healing capabilities. Acupuncture has been used for countless ailments, including digestive, emotional, pain, infertility, neurological, musculoskeletal, hormonal, gynecological, respiratory, and weight loss/management.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

When acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points on the body, it sends signals to the brain. Research has found that acupuncture stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems to aid in the release of pain-killing biochemicals like endorphins, the activity of immune system cells at specific sites in the body, and the balancing of hormones and brain chemicals. Science supports the use of acupuncture for migraines, pain, insomnia, anxiety, stress, digestion, fatigue, and other issues.

Additionally, the NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture recognizes the promising results of acupuncture for postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, as well as in postoperative dental pain, asthma, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, osteoarthritis, low back pain, fibromyalgia, myofacial pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Through 2,000 years of observation, the Chinese found that stimulating acupuncture points stabilized patients’ health. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the body as a whole, functioning by energy and blood. By treatment with acupuncture points, pain and other dysfunctions are balanced and eliminated.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture was approved for use by licensed practitioners in 1996 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Out of the millions of people treated each year, very few complications have been reported to the FDA. The Safety Record of acupuncture with minor adverse events (ex. minor bruising) is roughly 0.1%, or 1 in 1000 treatments.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture needles are much thinner than the typical needles most people think of. While every experiences acupuncture differently, most report feeling little to no pain as the tiny, hair-thin needles are inserted. People often report feeling energized, relaxed, and/or euphoric during and after acupuncture treatment.

How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?

The number of acupuncture treatments a person needs varies. Acute issues typically take less time to resolve than chronic conditions. Some people experience immediate relief with only one or two sessions, while others may take multiple treatments. Your Winter Park acupuncturist will be able to provide a customized plan of treatment and better assess the amount of treatments needed after your initial acupuncture consultation.

Have more questions? Contact us now to learn more about how this powerful treatment can help you!

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