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Common Questions about Acupuncture

It’s not new! Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing, and the philosophy is rooted in the Taoist tradition which goes back over 5000 years. Acupuncture was first recorded in the ancient Chinese medical text Huang Di Nei Jing, or The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.

Answers to common questions about Acupuncture:

  1. No, it doesn’t hurt. Doctors use extremely thin needles, which means you’re not likely to feel anything other than a slight prick or pressure. The average needle used in acupuncture is only the size of about three human hairs, and are so small that multiple individual acupuncture needles could actually fit within a single hypodermic needle.
  2. Treatment usually requires more than one session.
  3. Eating before a treatment is recommended to avoid lightheadedness during your session. During needling, you may experience a variety of unique sensations after the needles have been placed, they are rarely uncomfortable or painful, and the sensations are usually just a small sign that the treatment is beginning to engage the healing processes of the body.
  4. It is very common for patients to feel very relaxed during treatment, and some patients even fall asleep.
  5. Loose clothing is recommended to more easily access different acupoints on the body during the treatment.
  6. Acupuncture can help with a variety of health problems. It’s most often associated with pain-relief but can help with a variety of different conditions by helping the body better utilize its own healing resources.
  7. Acupuncture is very safe, and the majority of any side effects are beneficial. Often in addition to changes in whatever condition a person is being treated for, acupuncture can improve energy, quality of sleep, digestion, and overall wellness.

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