Acupuncture therapy is a natural, ancient and holistic form of healing. Acupuncture benefits are wide-ranging and acupuncture treatment is quickly becoming a popular treatment choice for many Australians. Acupuncture therapy improves the body’s functions and promotes self-healing by stimulating specific sites, referred to as acupuncture points. While acupuncture treatment is safe and effective, some people can be frightened by the thought of acupuncture. It is important to note that acupuncture therapy is not frightening and is actually a rather relaxing and relatively pain free experience.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment session?
During your first appointment with an acupuncture doctor, they will ask about your health history and carry out an initial assessment which may include taking your pulse, examining your tongue or other necessary physical examinations. They will then utilize these unique assessment tools to formulate an individualized acupuncture treatment plan to address your particular concern.
Following the initial assessment, acupuncture treatment begins. Your acupuncture doctor will ask you to lie comfortably on a treatment bed, and stimulate precise acupuncture points on various areas of your body. The needles used during acupuncture therapy are single-use, sterile needles, which are extremely fine and are far less likely than hypodermic needles to cause any bruising when inserted. Most patients do not experience pain when needles are inserted and describe the sensation as a numbness or tingling feeling around the point of insertion.
Response to acupuncture treatment
Acupuncture treatment is highly personal, and therefore the number of acupuncture treatments needed and the frequency of the treatments differs from person to person. The number of visits that are expected to be needed as part of your individualized acupuncture treatment plan will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. Traditional Chinese acupuncture therapy aims to maintain patients in a state of good health; therefore treatments may be scheduled not only to relieve symptoms, but to prevent reoccurrence of symptoms.
Studies have shown that acupuncture treatment may be effective in treating or relieving symptoms of many different conditions. Types of acupuncture treatment that may benefit you include:
- acupuncture for weight loss
- acupuncture for back pain
- acupuncture for fertility
- acupuncture for anxiety
- acupuncture for depression
- acupuncture for stress
- acupuncture for migraines
- acupuncture for allergies
- acupuncture for headaches
- acupuncture for insomnia
- acupuncture for pain
- acupuncture for arthritis
- acupuncture for tennis elbow
- acupuncture for gastrointestinal disorders
Some types of acupuncture treatment
During your acupuncture treatment, your acupuncture doctor may utilize some different techniques. Along with traditional stimulation of acupuncture points in various areas of your body, your acupuncturist may also use ear acupuncture (auricular acupuncture) and facial acupuncture.
Ear acupuncture, otherwise known as auriculotherapy, is based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem that reflects the entire body. Your acupuncture doctor may utilize ear acupuncture as part of your treatment plan and a wide variety of health conditions are thought to be affected to some degree by stimulating ear acupuncture points. The most common conditions for which ear acupuncture is utilized include chronic pain, weight loss, fertility support, insomnia and to help curb addictive behaviors (e.g. smoking and drinking).
Facial acupuncture involves the stimulation of acupuncture points on various areas of the face. Facial acupuncture may be a part of your individualized acupuncture therapy plan depending on the concern that is being focused on by your acupuncture doctor. Facial acupuncture is thought to be effective in the treatment of many health conditions, including stress, insomnia and headaches. Facial acupuncture can also aid in improving blood circulation around the face, leading to better facial color and the reduction of fine lines and under-eye bags.