Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, which involves the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin using thin needles. These hair-thin needles are inserted in the body at very specific points. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for over forty medical problems.

Acupuncture Treatment Session Would Include:1. Pre-Acupuncture Session- An extensive assessment of your medical history and treatment strategies for your physical, nutritional and emotional state will be incorporated.

- The acupuncturist may take a close examination of your tongue. Viewing your tongue can provide a great deal of information about your body to help guide the treatment.

- The acupuncturist may take detailed pulse evaluation which includes your blood pressure and pulse count, the strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist.

- The therapist may check and evaluate the parts of your body that are hurting.

2. During The Acupuncture Treatment Session- Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. The appropriate points may sometimes be far from the area of your pain. Hence according to the treatment requirement, your acupuncture practitioner may inform you of the general sites of the planned treatment.

- The treatment would then involve needling. Hence according to the site of the planned treatment, the needles are inserted. New pre-sterilized, flexible stainless steel needles are supposed to be used for each treatment. The placement and number of needles used during your treatment is individualized and determined by your acupuncturist based on disease, patient and season.

- You can then relax and lie still, as in most cases the needles remain in place for about 10 to 20 minutes. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

- Initially the treatment may take about an hour; the following sessions usually take about 30 minutes. The number and the duration of treatment would depend on the condition being treated and the severity.

Benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine:Not everyone responds to acupuncture. Hence the benefits may vary among individuals, but listed below are some of the key known benefits of acupuncture treatment.

1. Treats and prevents disease and illness.

2. Relieves pain and other symptoms by restoring the smooth flow of your body’s vital energy and the release of beta-endorphins (body’s natural pain killer).

3. It can treat the primary cause of the dysfunction by strengthening your body’s organ, nervous and circulatory systems.

4. And most importantly acupuncture encourages the body to heal itself.

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