Acupuncture

Acupuncture Colorado Springs

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that promotes natural healing of the body.  By regulating the qi (pronounced CHEE), or energy force that flows through the body, practitioners are able to help the body achieve balance.  According to Chinese medicine, Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians and is responsible for providing all the organs with the essential energy and nutrients needed for optimal health.  Acupuncture uses very thin needles to access qi within the meridians and move it appropriately throughout the body.  From a western standpoint, acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissues causing an increase in blood flow and an increased activity of the body’s natural painkillers.

What is involved in an acupuncture session?

The first step of an acupuncture session will be a series of health questions that may or may not seem related to the presenting complaint.  This helps the practitioner develop an understanding of the patient’s health constitution and the history of the condition.  The practitioner will then take the patient’s pulse and inspect the patient’s tongue (these are both ancient methods of Chinese diagnosis) and use all of the information gathered to determine a specific combination of acupuncture points to use that are unique to each treatment.  Usually between 8 and 20 points are used per session.

For the treatment, the patient lies on a massage table, either fully clothed (sweats or yoga-style clothing is best) or in a treatment robe.  The practitioner then cleans the acupuncture points with alcohol and inserts very thin, stainless steal needles into the points.  The needles are much smaller than a syringe and many are as thin as a human hair.  The patient then rests with the needles inserted for 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the condition.

What do people experience with an acupuncture treatment?

There can be a small sensation with the needle insertion but many people do not feel it at all.  Once inserted, patients may feel a sensation of heaviness or a slight dull ache, which indicate that the correct point was accessed.  Once all of the needles are inserted, most patients feel very relaxed, and can even fall asleep.  After the sessions patients can feel tired, energized, or even giddy.

Are there any harmful effects from acupuncture?

Some patients can experience discomfort during an acupuncture session, though a well-trained acupuncturist will be able to quickly remedy that discomfort.  Additionally, some acupuncture points may bruise.  After the treatment, patients can report feeling dizzy after a treatment, though this rarely persists.  On occasion, acupuncture may worsen symptoms slightly for the day after the treatment, and this aggravation is considered part of the healing process from the Chinese perspective.  It resolves within a day or two and leaves the patient in better condition than before the treatment.

Is acupuncture scientific and effective?

Yes!  While trial designs have made it difficult to evaluate, acupuncture has been found to be a very safe and effective treatment by the scientific community.  As mentioned above, from a western standpoint, acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissues causing an increase in blood flow and an increased activity of the body’s natural painkillers.

What is acupuncture especially good at treating?

Acupuncture is a holistic approach to your health, which allows it to treat almost any condition.  The most common conditions treated are:

Pain conditions (Headaches, low back pain, muscle aches, joint pain, etc)

Anxiety

Depression

Irritability

Menopause

Infertility

Irregular periods, PMS, or painful periods

Smoking cessation

Erectile dysfunction

Detoxification

Bell’s palsy

Stroke Rehabilitation

Asthma

Nausea / Vomiting

GERD

 

Do I need to stop doing other therapies if I do Acupuncture?

NO.  Many other therapies such as Craniosacral Therapy, chiropractic, massage and homeopathy are complementary to acupuncture and will facilitate your body in regaining health.  Talk with your health care practitioner about guiding you to the therapies that will work best for you.

Contact us today for a free 15 minute consultation to see if acupuncture can help you.

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