What is Acupuncture? How Does Acupuncture Work?

What is Acupuncture? How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been around for somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 years, depending on what you read. At the most simplistic level, acupuncture is inserting fine needles into certain points of the body, and there are hundreds of them. Your body is composed of many meridians or channels, but it is really one large circuit in which one channel affects another. During an acupuncture treatment, you can expect that you will receive somewhere between 10 and 20 needles, but every acupuncturist has his or her own specific styles or techniques. It is not painful; in fact, the needles are very, very thin. Most patients are actually surprised that it is not painful at all. In certain cases you might experience a little bit of throbbing, but generally most patients find it very relaxing. So in general, treatment, which refers to the actual insertion of the needles, will last between 20 and 30 minutes. So in my practice, first time patients will meet with me for 1.5 to two hours because we go through a full medical history and we do a structural analysis depending on presenting concerns – it is really a detailed consultation. Then, you will have needles inserted for 20 to 30 minutes and afterwards you should feel very relaxed and experience some alleviation from whatever the presenting issue might be, assuming that it’s pain.