Acupuncture and Needles

The question that I hear most often when people inquire about acupuncture is “Do the needles hurt?” Many people decide that they couldn’t possibly lie on a table with needles in them in spite of the many benefits that they hear about from others. After all, it would be great to help their migraines, digestion, experience less stress in their life, but they can’t get past those needles.

About those needles….

Acupuncture needles are hair thin and bear no resemblance to hypodermic needles. In fact, 40 acupuncture needles could fit inside one hypodermic needle. If acupuncture needles hurt as much as the needles used in western medicine, acupuncture would not have the popularity that it has today.

The experience of acupuncture is actually the opposite of what most people think. Instead of pain, it is extremely relaxing. Many people fall asleep or rest comfortably while on the table. And most people do not even feel the insertion of the needles. They relax after a couple of needles are in and are quite happy when their pain disappears and they feel happier and healthier after their treatment! Many children and even babies are easily treated without pain.



The case for wellness

Our world is full of information on how to stay well and prevent sickness.  Articles, books and shows speak about eating well, getting exercise, getting enough sleep as well as not smoking and limiting our drinking. Big businesses bring in coaches to speak to their employees about how to alleviate stress and stay well on a day to day basis.

This is where acupuncture comes in.

Acupuncture is an investment in your health. It is a preventative medicine as well as an aid to the healing process once you are sick. We understand that it makes sense to take care of our health before the small problems turn into large ones. Acupuncture can keep the small problems small so there are fewer visits to the doctor’s office and fewer medications and/or surgeries. If there is a chronic problem, acupuncture can lessen the pain and help each patient heal sooner rather than later. It is far easier to take precautionary steps and keep ourselves well rather than intervene down the road.

Treat the root of the problem

 When a person is ill, western medicine can treat the symptoms with medicine so that the patient can get better. Western medicine will treat a respiratory problem with drugs or treat a cough with a suppressant so that the patient gets better. Acupuncture will go to the root of the problem and build up the “lung qi” of the individual so that they are not nearly as susceptible to infections. In other words, it will build up the immunity of the lungs as well as the entire person so that getting sick is much less likely. Many of my patients find that their overall health improves on a day to day basis and if they do get sick, the severity and length of the illness is shortened.

Acupuncture treats the whole person, building the immune system, diminishing stress and supporting the individual to lead a healthier life style.

Acupuncture: It’s much more than you think:

 Many people come to acupuncture for a specific pain issue. They are pleasantly surprised to find that acupuncture can improve their health in many more ways.

1.     It will lower your stress levels. Stress can affect every aspect of our lives from the physical to the emotional. Acupuncture calms the nervous system which in turn will help you cope better with the stresses and struggles of day to day life.

2.     It will help you sleep better. Getting a good night’s sleep plays a very important part in our health. The reasons for insomnia can be many. Most patients report that they sleep much better with treatments.

3.     It will strengthen your immune system. By increasing your immunity, you are much less likely to become sick and if you do, the severity and length will be lessened.

4.     It will decrease your pain.  Pain has many components and a large part of chronic pain is emotional. Acupuncture not only helps to decrease and eliminate pain, but it also releases endorphins in the system that aid the patient in recovery in a holistic manner.

 5.     It will boost your energy. There are many reasons as to why our energy gets depleted. Most patients of acupuncture report increased energy and interest for days after their treatment.

 6.     It will help your patience. We all find our patience tested in our busy worlds. Whether we have children or are coping with a stressful job or relationship, acupuncture will increase your patience so that you can step back and avoid reacting to situations. Your mood will be improved and you will find more harmony in your relationships.

 7.     It will give you more mental clarity. Many of us lead busy lives and it is difficult to stay clear and focused. Acupuncture can help you clear the brain fog, focus better and help you make better decisions.

 8.     Acupuncture gives you a general sense of well-being. Overall people who get acupuncture feel more positive about their lives and have an increased awareness of what surrounds them. When our awareness is increased, it is easier to figure out why we might not be feeling well and how we can correct it and move forward.