Acupuncture is a safe and effective healthcare modality which has been originated in Asia over 2,500 years ago. Acupuncture is taught and practiced in leading tertiary institutions and hospitals around the world and has been shown to be an effective alternative to pharmaceutical products without any adverse reactions. It has been shown to effectively treat and assist a wide variety of ailments including pain, allergies (such as hay fever and eczema), infertility, insomnia, depression and anxiety. In addition to acupuncture healthcare benefits, it also has the advantage of making you feel calm and relaxed.
What should I expect on my first visit?
The first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. After review, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment. By palpation of various acupuncture points on the body, an examination of the tongue, as well as pulse, are common diagnostic techniques in acupuncture.
Using all of the information, the practitioner will then determine the cause of your symptoms. Needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. The acupuncturist may use moxa or electrical stimulation to enhance acupuncture’s therapeutic effects.
The number of treatment sessions depends on the seriousness of your condition. A typical course of acupuncture treatment is 10 sessions, although significant improvements can occur after just a couple visits. Your first visit may take 90 minutes, with subsequent visits lasting about 45 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin and not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than 1/2 -inch to an inch. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Some people report feeling a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed.