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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine based approach used to encourage natural healing, reduce or alleviate pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. The treatment involves using very thin needles and inserting them into the skin at specific points and depths on the body to treat different health issues. Although these needles may appear to be tiny and thin, they can be crucial for restoring the body’s equilibrium and the flow of Qi energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi energy is believed to flow through meridians in the body and the flow of Qi is connected to the health of our body. In other words, when the body is healthy, Qi flows smoothly throughout. However, if the Qi flow is disrupted or deficient, then the body becomes more susceptible to illnesses. The reason we insert the needles into points that lie along the meridians is to reestablish the balance of energy that can further enhance the overall wellness. When it comes to aches and pain, the needles can also act as a muscle relaxant to relieve the pain.
Often, patients inquire if acupuncture is painful. Acupuncture needles are now quite thin, making them almost painless when inserted. Some may feel a mild discomfort when the needle is inserted, but only for a fraction of a second. Once a needle reaches its intended depth, patients are likely to feel a mild dull ache, a slight tingling sensation or warmth around the needle site. This is generally an indication that the treatment is working and that the acupuncture point is being activated. Regarding the needles that we use, rest assured we use single use sterile, disposable needles to prevent any risk of infection.
Acupuncture is a useful treatment that is able to target a wide range of pains and syndromes. Some common ones include neck pain, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, upper or low back pain, jaw pain, elbow pain (tennis elbow), wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome), hip pain, sciatica, knee pain, ankle pain, and foot pain. Acupuncture is a great option if you have syndromes such as headaches, migraines, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, etc. It can also help with weight loss or boosting the immune system.
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Written by: Kevin Hsien, Vancouver Registered Acupuncturist