Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect.
Acupuncture is used to:
- Encourage natural healing
- Improve mood and energy
- Reduce or relieve pain
- Improve function of affected areas of the body
It is safe and effective and can be used as an alternative to medications or even surgery.
Acupuncture needles are:
- Solid, stainless steel
- Measure from 13-70 mm
- The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded.
- They are 'atraumatic', meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue.
- Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.
Acupuncture points are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago. Most are found along 'meridians' or 'channels' that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced 'Chee') flows through the body.
The needles are left in place for approximately 15 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques a practitioner may use.
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