Acupuncture is a minimally invasive treatment that involves pricking skin or tissue with thin, fine needles to alleviate both acute and chronic pain naturally without drugs from mental, physical or emotional conditions. During the process, certain locations on the body—known as acupoints— are identified. Then, once the locations are found, the acupuncturist inserts the thin, sterile needles into the acupoints, where they will remain fixed anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.
Acupuncture is regarded as a painless procedure with minimal discomfort and has been known to allow patients to feel at ease. Treatments have shown to have positive effects on the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. By stimulating these various systems, it may resolve:
- Cancer pain
- Chronic/acute pain
- High/low blood pressure
- Joint pain (e.g., knees, elbows, shoulders)
- Neck/back pain
- Poor digestive function
- Sciatic pain
- Smoking dependence
Research suggests that acupuncture may also aid in treating:
- Male sexual dysfunction
- Opium, cocaine and heroin addiction
The frequency and number of treatments a patient may need vary depending on their condition and plan. Each patient has an individually designed treatment in order to best serve their condition, with some experiencing relief after just one treatment. Those with chronic conditions may require one or two treatments per week for a few weeks to several months, while people with acute conditions usually require eight to 10 visits total.