Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-fine, disposable, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body to treat a wide range of ailments including pain, musculoskeletal conditions, digestive disorders and more. Acupuncture triggers the body’s innate healing mechanisms and may take time.
The needles are many times smaller than a typical needle used in injections. When receiving needles, there might be an initial sharp sensation for some points, as the needle breaks the skin surface. A heavy, dull, or feeling of pressure or movement (the Qi sensation) at the point of insertion is normal and is considered beneficial. Feel free to give feedback as to what you feel. Hitting a hair follicle sometimes creates a sharp sensation that can be eliminated by repositioning the needle.
What does it treat?
The World Health Organization has published a list of the conditions which acupuncture has shown to treat via controlled clinical trials. View PDF
While the list is extensive, it is not complete. Clinical experience has shown that there are additional conditions that OM can successfully treat. Neck-pain or sciatica, for example, could be remedied in as few as two or three treatments. Long-standing internal medicine conditions in someone who is older, or has a weak-constitution, such as low thyroid or adrenal function, can take months of regular treatment.