Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of thin, solid, sterile needles by a licensed practitioner into specific points on the body and then stimulated either manually, electrically or with heat.
Other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine include cupping, gua sha (a light scraping), tui na (massage), and moxibustion (burning of the herb mugwort) to create heat.
Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. It is very rare occurrence when acupuncture is effective on the first session. You will start to notice results as you continue to build treatments. Acupuncture helps to bring the body into a more balanced state so that the body can start to heal itself.
If your health issue is chronic or you have been dealing with it for a long time, it usually will take more acupuncture treatments to get the results that you are wanting. Typically, you will start noticing some results by the fourth treatment session.
There are some general signs that you may notice first that are signs your treatments are working. These are increased energy and motivation, improved sleep, improved digestive health and reduced stress. Also, consistently following through with your specific dietary and lifestyle recommendations to complement your treatment can be highly beneficial in boosting the efficacy of your treatments.
Unlike Western medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the whole person and all the different symptoms they may have to know how to treat the main concern. For example, if you go to the Emergency Room with a migraine they will follow a migraine protocol. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we will take in to account your emotions, your bodily functions, how you sleep and many other things to help us know the best way to treat your migraine. As well as give you some dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help you see and maintain improvements in your health.