Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that has been used for over two thousand years. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body, called meridians, to stimulate the body's energy channels. During an acupuncture session, you can expect the acupuncturist to assess your condition and treat any underlying issues that may be related. No special preparation is required before treatment.
When the needles are inserted, you may feel a slight discomfort, but many people find the experience to be relaxing and even pleasurable. Some people feel energized after a session, while others feel more relaxed. You may also experience sensations such as heaviness, heat, or cold. The acupuncturist may also use additional therapies such as heat or mild electrical stimulation to further stimulate the body's energy channels.
If your symptoms don't start to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you. If you're considering acupuncture, it's important to find a qualified and certified acupuncturist. He or she will be able to tell you about the success rate of using acupuncture for your condition and recommend an acupuncture professional if necessary. It's also important to note that acupuncture is relatively affordable and has few side effects, so it may be worth trying if you're having trouble managing pain with more conventional methods. Acupuncture focuses on the whole body with all its complex interconnections, and you might be surprised to discover that even if you feel “good”, acupuncture can make you feel even better.
So if you're looking for an alternative form of healing, consider giving acupuncture a try.