Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It is used to treat a wide range of health conditions, including pain, stress, anxiety, and headaches. At Docere Integrated Medicine, you will find a team of experts who can provide you with the best care.
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for various health conditions. It is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner.
What to expect during an acupuncture session
Acupuncture sessions typically last 30–60 minutes. The number of treatments you need will depend on the condition being treated. During your session, the acupuncturist will insert needles into specific points on your body. These points are located along what is known as meridians, which are pathways that energy flows through.
Some people find acupuncture to be relaxing, while others find it slightly uncomfortable. The needles are typically thin and made of stainless steel. They are inserted to a depth of a few millimeters under the skin. You may feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. After the needles are inserted, the acupuncturist may gently manipulate them. The needles are usually left in place for 20–30 minutes. There is a small risk of bruising or bleeding at the needle site. Serious side effects are rare.
These are the conditions that acupuncture can treat:
Pain: When you experience pain, your body signals that something is wrong. Acupuncture can help by stimulating the release of pain-relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord. This can help ease pain caused by arthritis, migraines, and menstrual cramps.
Stress and anxiety: Acupuncture can help to relieve stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation. It does this by increasing the levels of feel-good hormones in the body, such as serotonin and endorphins.
Headaches: Acupuncture is a popular treatment for headaches and migraines. It is thought to work by stimulating the release of pain-relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord.
Digestive issues: Acupuncture can help to improve digestion by stimulating the release of digestive juices and enzymes. It is also thought to help relieve constipation and diarrhea.
Menstrual cramps: Acupuncture can help relieve menstrual cramps by promoting relaxation and decreasing stress hormones in the body.
Addiction: Acupuncture is an effective addiction treatment. It is thought to work by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Fatigue: Acupuncture can help to improve energy levels and reduce fatigue by stimulating the release of feel-good hormones in the body.
Insomnia: It can help to improve sleep quality by promoting relaxation and decreasing stress levels. Insomnia can affect your mental and physical health. Acupuncture can help to improve your sleep so that you can feel rested and refreshed.
Skin conditions: The treatment can help to improve the appearance of skin conditions like acne and psoriasis by reducing inflammation.
Who should not use acupuncture?
- Pregnant women should avoid acupuncture in the first trimester.
- People with bleeding disorders or who are taking blood-thinning medication should not have acupuncture.
- Acupuncture is not recommended for people with pacemakers or other implantable medical devices.
If you are concerned about whether acupuncture is right for you, speak to your healthcare provider.