Acupuncture is the use of stainless-steel needles to regulate the Qi of the body. Acupuncture needles are very thin, smooth and flexible—about the thickness of a human hair. There are hundreds of acupuncture points across all the meridians and each point has a predictable therapeutic effect. If Qi is blocked or obstructed in its flow, various disorders as well as pain are experienced. Problems can be addressed by needling points along various meridian systems. By directing and unblocking the Qi, the practitioner can improve specific functions of the body. In essence, acupuncture allows the body to function better.
Insertion of needles goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, warmth or heaviness.
The needles are retained for 20-45 minutes and people often become deeply relaxed and sometimes even fall asleep.
The number of acupuncture treatments depends on the duration, severity and nature of your problem. An acute condition may require only a single treatment. A series of 5 to 15 treatments may be necessary for many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may need many treatments and long-term maintenance.