Acupuncture and Chinese MedicineJan 28 2016 | Nimulrith Seth EAMP
What is Acupuncture? How Does It Work?
Acupuncture has had clinical success in the East for over two thousand years. It gradually made its’ way into Western medicine just in the past 50 to 60 years. It is simple and it works very well with minimal or no side effects. Acupuncture treats a wide variety of physical and emotional pain.
Acupuncture is a medical modality that involves using tiny needles which stimulate the nervous system to vasodilate blood vessels and increase blood flow. Increased profusion provides the body with sufficient nutrients to injured areas and promotes healing. Blood carries within it, many valuable resources including: oxygen, white blood cells, red blood cells, antioxidants, and the ability to remove toxicity and wasted products from the injured tissues. Acupuncture needles also have a direct impact on our nervous system, by signaling the brain to produce opiates such as Enkephalin and others to help the body to keep the pain away. Injured tissues that cause pain and discomfort will start to heal and renew.
Is Acupuncture Painful? Are You Afraid of Needles?
Acupuncture needles are very small. The gauge of Acupuncture needle is about the width of a human hair. Through my clinical experience, I have seen few people who are very sensitive to needles. There are many techniques that we can use to distract the patients from feeling the discomfort of the needle. No worries! For the most part, it feels like a pin prick or an ant bite. So, if what is keeping you away from getting Acupuncture because the fear of the needle, do not worry, many practitioners are well aware of it, and we have many tools to keep you from feeling the needle.
Does Acupuncture Have Any Side Effects? How Do I Feel During The Acupuncture Session?
No, there is no major side effect in Acupuncture. The most common issue that I have seen is bruising; which will go away on its own after a few days. We also have herbal tincture that can help to prevent bruising. There are some typical sensations that you might feel at the site of the needle such as: a sensation of burning, low grade throbbing, itchy feeling, a sensation of numbness and a feeling of quick pulsate of sensation that run through a part of the body, mostly in the hands and the legs. These sensations are the positive effect of the needles. They are the signs that the body is responding to the treatment.
What Do I Do During The Session? How long is An Acupuncture Session?
Each acupuncture session lasts anywhere from 25-45 mins. Staying relax is very important during the time of treatment. Oxygen is vital to bodily functions and the healing process. It is important to take deep slow breaths during your treatment- not just getting the body to relax, but also to allow the lungs to be filled with oxygen. So, during the session, I always tell my patients to breathe deeply and slowly as long as possible to help oxygen getting into their blood more efficiently.
What Are The Feelings That I Expect to Have After The Treatment?
Patients, typically, feel more relax and less bodily pain after the Acupuncture session. Occasionally, the patient might experience their bodily pain intensify after the treatment due to overly profusion of blood flow to the injured tissue, and that experience of intensify pain is a normal process because the brain is now registered more surface area of injured tissue. As the body going through its repair and healing processes, the pain could be felt up to a few hours and then subsides, substantially, afterward.
How Many Sessions Do I Need to Help Resolve My Problem?
The frequency and the length of acupuncture treatments vary from person to person depending on the state of their physiology and the intensity and complexity of their problems. To fairly assess the course of treatment and the frequency of the visits, our clinic needs to take a thorough medical history from the patient and a follow up assessment be done to see and measure the physiological changes after the initial two or three treatments. After understanding medical history and response to a couple treatments we will have sufficient idea to offer the treatment plan for our patients.
Will My Problem Go Away Completely?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine helps the body to heal itself. Problems should go away completely if the patient provides sufficient length of treatment time to allow their body to attain optimal health and balance. However, patients need to realize that what they do out of the clinic and what they eat will ultimately have a huge effect on their physical health and emotional wellbeing. As a clinician, I greatly empathize living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy, nutritious food to keep the body in good health and balance after their time at the clinic.