Acupuncture involves gentle insertion of sterile, single-use, filiform needles and produces a sense of deep relaxation.
"Why would I willingly let someone stick me with needles?" This is a common question that pops up when someone learns that I am an acupuncturist. I’d like to address this topic. The main answer is that acupuncture feels great!
Acupuncture is performed with sterile, single-use, filiform needles. They are extremely thin - about the diameter of a hair. Depending on the diameter, an average of 70 acupuncture needles can fit into the opening of 1 hypodermic needle. Because Japanese needles are even smaller, the average is closer to 100 per 1 hypodermic needle! Although a prick or tickle may be felt at the time of insertion, what patients mainly feel is a sense of deep relaxation along with the luscious warmth from the heat lamp and moxa. Then, they often enjoy enhanced vitality and more fluid movement for days or weeks following a visit.
Acupuncture relieves pain by triggering a release of endorphins which activate the parasympathetic nervous system to shut down the stress/pain response. It reduces inflammation while stimulating tissue regeneration and healing.
Acupuncture improves although conditions by improving optimal body functioning. By supporting the body in replenishing energy stores and improving the flow of energy and nutrients throughout the body and mind, it supports the body with: fighting infection; digesting food, circulating nutrients and eliminating wastes; balancing hormones; maintaining a positive outlook, and more!