how does acupuncture feel?
Acupuncture feels different to everyone and each session and each point may feel different. You may experience a dull heavy, achy sensation at points of insertion. You may feel these same sensations in places where there are no needles. This is the connection between channels. Most people feel very relaxed during and after sessions while simultaneously feeling clear-headed. Some people feel more energized after their session. You will have to experience it for yourself!
is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are extremely safe. When a properly trained licensed acupuncturist performs your treatment, there are virtually no negative side-effects, and minimum risk. Your safety and well-being is our primary concern. Because needles are sterile and single-use, the risk of contagion or infection is almost zero. In a study of more than 34,000 treatments performed, no serious adverse events were noted. Researchers stated, “The conclusion that acupuncture is a very safe intervention in the hands of a competent practitioner seems justified on the evidence available. While the risks of acupuncture cannot be discounted, it certainly seems, in skilled hands, one of the safer forms of medical intervention.” (https://www.acunow.org/faq.html)
what is Qi?
Qi, pronounced “chee”, is loosely translated as energy. Although it can be used interchangeably with blood when referring to its functions, it also has functions separate from the blood. There is qi in all things just like there are whirring fields of electrons in all matter. Qi, like energy, cannot be created or destroyed, simply transferred.
Acupuncture is the manipulation of qi/blood. In the body, qi nourishes all the organs, muscles, tendons, bones, and skin. It brings oxygen and nutrients to tissue and removes waste. It activates the immune system and promotes healing. Qi makes nerves fire and sends signals to the brain to adjust hormones, neurotransmitters, enzymes and other chemicals to balance mental and physical functions.
can I exercise or work after treatment?
Yes. However, we recommend you not engage in any vigorous exercise immediately after treatment. If you can, take it easy for a few hours after your treatment. You may return to work, but keep in mind you might feel very calm or spacey for up to an hour after your treatment. Alternately, some people feel very energized and focused.
how many treatments will I need?
The number of acupuncture treatments you need depends on the complexity of your illness, whether it is a chronic or acute, and your general health. For example, you may need only one treatment for a recent low back injury, whereas for a long-standing, chronic illness you may need treatments twice a month for 1-2 months to get desired results.
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