Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine treatment technique practiced for more than 3,000 years. The treatment involves the ancient belief that the body has a balance of energy; if that balance is askew the results can be hazardous to your health.
During treatment, the body’s systems are stimulated by the insertion of a small hollow needle into designated areas. To amplify the positive effects, the acupuncturist may also use herbs and massage techniques in addition to the needles. The results are said to offer relief from pain and stress and to improve the function of the body’s systems. e.g., endocrine, digestive, immune, and cardiovascular systems.
Allergies, musculoskeletal pain, headache, depression, pregnancy discomfort, arthritis, and even stroke are just a few of the hundreds of ailments that can be treated with acupuncture.
The session length can vary. Your treatment may only last 30 minutes, or it could last an hour or more. It depends on the acupuncturist and the treatment plan. Acupuncture treatments might be covered by your medical insurance. Give your insurance provider a call to find out. If it turns out the treatment is not covered, many acupuncture offices offer a cash-pay option.
Acupuncture should not be painful—at most it can be mildly uncomfortable. Beyond treating ailments, acupuncture can benefit the overall well-being of a patient.