Acupuncture is concerned with the movement of Qi – the body’s vital energy – through a network of meridians or pathways. Pain and illness occur when these meridians become blocked.
Evidence-Based Benefits of Acupuncture:
Overall, the British Medical Association approves acupuncture as a viable treatment for various conditions. It has "complete[ly] change[d] the way that the medical establishment views complementary therapies" (Silvert, 2000).
to expect from an acupuncture treatment
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of needles which are as fine as a human hair. The skin is sterilized with an alcohol swab and the needles are placed in specific points of the body. Based on traditional Chinese philosophy, the insertion may be at the site of pain or far away from the pain in points that influence the region of pain, and therefore unblock the affected meridian; the procedure is virtually painless. Only single use, sterile, disposable stainless steel needles are used.
Often, the needles are stimulated by hand in order to cause a dull, localized, aching sensation. De-qi sensation refers to a sensation of numbness, distension, or electrical tingling at the needling site which might radiate along the corresponding meridian. Over the years, numerous studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for many problems. In massage therapy practice, it’s used to alleviate pain and restore body function in affected areas.