Acupuncture has long been used in Eastern medicine as a means of treating many different conditions, including chronic pain and insomnia. In modern times, it is becoming more commonplace as an alternative medicine treatment in the West as well. If you’re scheduled for acupuncture therapy in Corona, you probably have questions about what to expect. Here’s a look at how acupuncture works and what you can expect from treatment.
The Effects of Acupuncture
In Chinese medicine, acupuncturists believe that energy flows through the body along pathways called meridians. If there is a disruption in the flow of this energy or qi, health problems can occur. The location of the blockage determines what symptoms appear. Acupuncture is said to unblock the meridians to let the qi flow freely. In studies in Western medicine, a few different biological responses have been seen. Acupuncture seems to stimulate the release of several neurotransmitters and neurohormones and alter blood flow. Acupuncture may also alter immune function. Although all of these effects of acupuncture on the body have been noted, doctors are unsure which are the most significant in terms of treatment.
The Acupuncture Treatment Process
When you get acupuncture, the first thing that will happen is that your acupuncturist will discuss your symptoms with you, so he or she can develop a treatment plan. Depending on the nature of your symptoms, you may need to partially undress for your treatment, but you will be given a robe or sheet to cover up with if you choose. Next, very thin needles will be placed in the appropriate locations to address your symptoms. Once in place, the needles may be gently manipulated or heated. Although treatment varies from patient to patient, in most cases, the needles are left in place for 10 to 20 minutes. Most people don’t experience any discomfort, although some occasionally feel a mild aching sensation. Removing the needles is painless. You may require multiple treatments to get the best results.