Acupuncture is often as effective as standard medicine and is completely natural, causing few, if any, side effects. It is a form of stimulation therapy, which attempts to entice the body into correcting itself. Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced form of medicine in the world, with a history spanning 2,500 years and recorded in over 30,000 books. In essence, it is the largest, longest running clinical trial in world history.
Often when the needles are inserted, there will be only a mild sensation or a slight warmth and tingling. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, causing minimal pain and discomfort.
At your first visit, you will sit down with the acupuncturist and discuss what your symptoms or condition. Then, you will be asked to lie down on a massage-style table, and the acupuncturist will insert hair-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points in your body. These needles will remain in place for twenty to thirty minutes, after which most people feel very calm and relaxed. The practitioner will discuss the number and frequency of treatments necessary to achieve optimum results, which may be dependent on the nature and severity of the condition.
Acupuncture is very safe when practiced correctly by trained, certified professionals using sterile needles. Recent studies showed serious side effects in less than 1.1 patients out of 10,000. Because acupuncture is natural medicine, side effects are minimal, and the benefits are significant.
Every person responds differently to acupuncture, and each ailment takes a different amount of time to treat. Many people experience immediate relief, while others may take four to six treatments before they begin to see results. Talk with your acupuncturist to find out what your prognosis may be.