Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a system of medicine that is over 5,000 years old. It is based on the concept of a vital energy (called Qi) that circulates through the body in 12 invisible energetic lines called meridians. Each of the 12 meridians is associated with an organ system. Disturbances or blocks in these pathways lead to dysfunction and disease. The acupuncturist inserts needles into points along the meridians with the intention of balancing the flow of Qi through the body. In addition to the placement of acupuncture needles, the practitioner may use additional Chinese Medicine techniques including moxibustion and cupping. Moxibustion is the gentle heating of acupuncture needles or points along meridians using dried herbs. Cupping is used to relieve Qi stagnation and involves the use of glass cups pressed against the skin to create suction.
What to expect
Your first visit will include a comprehensive evaluation of your health history including any sensitivities you have to specific foods, temperatures and seasons. Then there will be a brief physical examination of the tongue (looking for variations in color, shape, and coating), as well as pulse characteristics. Your practitioner will then determine the best places to insert needles to balance the flow of energy in your body. The number of needles varies depending on the treatment goals. During insertion of the needles you may experience a brief stinging sensation, but most patients do not experience any pain once the needles are in place. Following placement of the needles, patients are typically allowed to rest for a period of time before the needles are removed. The treatment time varies from a few seconds to over an hour, but the average appointment time is about an hour.
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