What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. It is used to treat pain and various health conditions, as well as for overall wellness and stress management.
Is acupuncture safe? Acupuncture is generally very safe if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile, disposable needles. The risks are low and the side effects are minimal. Some common side effects include soreness, minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted12. However, acupuncture may not be suitable for everyone. You should tell your practitioner if you have a bleeding disorder, a pacemaker, or are pregnant.
How often do I need to have acupuncture treatment? The frequency of treatment depends on your condition and your response to acupuncture. Some people may need to have acupuncture two or three times a week, while others may only need it once a week or less. Your practitioner will advise you on the best treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and goals.
Does acupuncture hurt? No, acupuncture does not hurt. Most people barely feel anything when the needles are inserted. Some people may feel a slight pinch, a tingling sensation, or a dull ache at the acupuncture points. These sensations are normal and indicate that the qi is being stimulated. Acupuncture needles are very thin and flexible, much smaller than the needles used for injections or blood draws.
How does acupuncture work? According to Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the flow of energy or life force (qi) that flows through pathways (meridians) in your body. By stimulating specific points along these meridians, acupuncture can restore the harmony of qi and promote healing123. According to Western medical theory, acupuncture works by stimulating parts of the brain that release natural painkillers and other neurotransmitters that affect various physiological processes
All Things TCM
This page is dedicated to ALL THINGS TCM
I will start with my definition of ZEN
Zen is a state of calm attentiveness or mindfulness. When we practice Zen, we devote our attention to the present, withdrawn from worries and stress.
Being more Zenful can help because it:
Relaxes the mind, body and spirit.
Improves emotional state.
Lowers blood pressure.
Improves overall health and wellbeing.
Connects the mind, body and spirit.