Acupuncture is an alternative treatment method and one of the oldest forms of therapy practiced in the world, effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions. This traditional Chinese treatment involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin into the underlying tissue at precise locations known to help relieve pain and other symptoms.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many different medical conditions, including:
- Postoperative pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Headaches, neck and back pain and other orthopedic conditions
- Sinusitis and asthma
- Fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Gastritis, nausea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal conditions
During the acupuncture treatment, the needles are inserted into the skin at targeted areas and depths depending on each patient’s individual symptoms. Only sterile, single use needles are used during acupuncture in order to ensure patient safety. Patients may experience an aching sensation when the needles reach their desired location. The needles are usually kept in place for five to 20 minutes, and may receive electrical or heat impulses during this time. Patients often undergo a series of weekly or biweekly treatments, usually with 12 total treatment sessions.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
In general, acupuncture is a safe procedure with little to no side effects and is effective for most patients, including those who do not respond well to more traditional treatment options. For more information about this treatment, do not hesitate to ask your doctor if your medical condition can benefit from acupuncture.