Is Acupuncture Painful?
Upon the insertion of needles, some people may feel very minimal pain while others do not feel pain at all. A common misconception is that the sensation of acupuncture needles is comparable to the pain caused by the insertion of syringes for vaccination or blood withdrawal. When a blood test is performed, the needle is inserted through the vein and this makes the process painful.
Does Acupuncture Have Side Effects?
One of the major benefits of Acupuncture is that it does not have any negative side effects. Very few report feeling sore, light headed and/or drowsy after an Acupuncture treatment. Minor bleeding or bruising may occur, however these effects are transient and disappear very shortly after treatment. Existing symptoms can worsen in less than 3% of patients before they improve. This is a normal process of healing. Most Patients associate Acupuncture with a sense of pleasant relaxation.
How Does Acupuncture Help Soft Tissue Injuries?
Acupuncture treatment results in the secretion of certain natural self-regulating substances. One of these is endorphins, which increases the feeling of happiness and well-being. Another is serotonin, which help regulate anger, aggression, body temperature, mood, sleep, sexuality, appetite, and metabolism. Lastly, neurotransmitters aid in pain relief and relaxation. Acupuncture focuses on healing and resolution of injuries by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to the injured area, both of which speed the healing rate and help disperse inflammation (swelling and bruising). Blood circulation also causes the body to cleanse muscles of lactic acid faster than it would naturally. Lactic acid is responsible for producing sensation of muscle soreness and fatigue. In addition to the conventional R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) treatment, many athletes have found acupuncture to be very helpful in suppressing inflammation. Prolonged inflammation and swelling can cause scar tissue formation and may prevent full range of motion and mobility.
How Does Cosmetic Acupuncture Work?
Fine acupuncture needles are inserted in major points on the face to unblock the channels and increase blood flow to the area. Cosmetic acupuncture rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin as well as generates collagen, which help reduce fine wrinkles. It also helps lift and brighten the skin.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
The main focus of Traditional Chinese Medicine is on correcting the underlining cause(s) of an illness or disease; hence producing a lasting effect. Symptoms can often be relieved in matter of hours or days, but healing the illness itself may take longer.
Since every person is different, the treatment plans are individualized. An Acupuncturist must consider the type of illness, the severity of the condition, the duration of the sickness, and the physical state of the patient at the time of the treatment.
Course of treatments are usually between five to ten sessions. In case where there is a slow response, the patient should not get discouraged, but rather try to complete the entire course.