Acupuncture is gaining popularity in the Midwest and across America. A lot of people are curious to try acupuncture out and come in with an assortment of questions. We often hear the same questions from new patients and people considering acupuncture. Here are some Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) to help you address your questions. Please contact us with additional questions or to schedule an appointment.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture helps to promote healing on very many levels. It improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin.

Acupuncture has been proven to:

Increase blood flow and improve circulation
Balance hormones and emotions
Regulate blood sugar and blood pressure
Helps invigorate brain activity
Regulates the nervous system
Keeps the immune system balanced

Does it Hurt?

It is possible for a slight pinching sensation or even nothing at all when the needle is inserted. After the needles are in, a slight aching feeling along the acupoints may feel energized, but those are all good signs that the treatment is going well. Any sort of discomfort is mild and leaves quickly.

Any Side Effects?

A few might experience a change in their body or a mild discomfort, since acupuncture is meant to heal the body instead of cover up the symptoms. Your body might feel the detoxing effect for a few hours, mild aches and changes in your digestive system might occur, but its all natural. Detoxing helps release and purge what the body does not need anymore. Signs the body is detoxifying may include mild nausea, acne, headaches, body aches, and fatigue. These symptoms should recede after a couple of days to a week. As a person heals, treatments are adjusted to address only the remaining symptoms. The effects of acupuncture have been researched for thousands of years and have been found to be safe and beneficial.

Does Acupuncture Work for Everyone?

In general, 95% of the people who try acupuncture see significant changes. Depending on your condition and your acupuncturist, the results will vary. Nobody can predict what changes your body will go through, but trying something extremely natural to help keep your body in it’s natural balance can help keep you in a happier and healthier state.

What is Energy?

Over the past 4,000 years, Asian physicians have mapped the flow of energy in the body. They call the energy “Qi” (pronounced chee) and found it flows around the body in vessels; similar to blood; with one channel leading into the next and so on.

Flowing Qi = Good Health

When the Qi is flowing in harmony, the body is naturally in a state of good health: the organ systems function well, sleep is restful, moods are stable, the body is resistant to disease, and it recovers quickly from injury. For a variety of reasons, however, the flow of Qi can become obstructed, throwing the whole system out of balance.

How does Acupuncture affect energy?

Acupuncture uses very thin needles to affect and balance the flow of Qi in the body, correcting the cause and relieving the symptoms. Best known for its ability to treat pain, it is an effective modality to treat many other types of conditions as well. It is a very safe procedure with minimal possible side effects when performed by a qualified practitioner. The World Health Organization and The National Institute of Health recognize Acupuncture as a valid and effective form of medicine.


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