Who is acupuncture for?


Acupuncture has many applications and is used to provide relief for pain, to help with digestion, and to fight off anxiety. Patients with chronic pain claim acupuncture provides relief where prescription drugs cannot ease their symptoms, and patients with depression also champion that acupuncture helps to control their symptoms. Acupuncture is also used to lessen the painful symptoms of many common medical conditions, including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injury
  • Orthopedic disabilities/injuries

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine. Unlike western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine relies on holistic healing. It’s a whole body approach, and its practitioners use natural remedies, Tai Chi, and thousands of years of medical knowledge to lessen the painful symptoms associated with different illnesses. Western doctors split the human body into parts and regions. They’re more focused on evidence based practices than loosely defined energy systems, however; this is not to say that acupuncture is ineffective. It focuses on treating symptoms leading to the resolution of illness and preventing illness to recur in the future by stimulating healing, and restoring the body’s own resilience. Many patients report significant relief from chronic pain after acupuncture.

Does acupuncture hurt?


After the initial appointment, you will begin your therapy plan. Therapy plans usually require a patient to attend weekly or bi-weekly sessions with an acupuncturist who will apply acupuncture techniques to help alleviate symptoms. Most patients complete six to eight sessions, but you could be prescribed as many as twenty or more if you suffer from chronic pain. Most sessions last thirty minutes. The expert uses five to twenty needles and applies them to acupuncture points on your skin. After the needles are inserted, you rest for twenty-thirty minutes before removing the needles. It’s safe, efficient, and relatively pain.