Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that sees solid phylliform acupuncture needles inserted into the skin at specific points to achieve a therapeutic effect. Often used as an alternative to prescription drugs or surgery, relief in patients has been seen through acupuncture treatments where traditional medical approaches has failed.
Are you afraid of needles? It’s not like getting an injection, so don’t worry. The needles are inserted in acupoints of the body: places where the skin has a lower resistance to the passage of electricity. These points are found along “channels” of the body which the ancient Chinese believed were pathways of energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’).
What will happen at my treatment session?
When the needle is correctly placed, you’ll feel virtually nothing, or a slight aching feeling: this is referred to as the ‘de Qi.’
The needles will be left in place for 15 to 30 minutes, and may be lifted, twisted, or rotated by your practitioner during the treatment to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi in your body to best treat your injury and pain.