A treatment involves puncturing the skin with needles at certain
anatomical points in the body. Needles are sterile, disposable, and
used only once. They are surgical stainless steel and regulated by
the FDA. Unlike standard needles used for intramuscular injections
or for drawing blood, acupuncture needles are solid, not hollow, and
have a finely tapered point, as opposed to a beveled cutting-edge
point. Acupuncture needles are so thin that they can fit within the
hollow of a standard blood-drawing needle.
Patients report different feelings associated with acupuncture, but
most feel minimal discomfort as the needle is inserted. Any sensation
subsides quickly. Once they are all in place, the needles are not
noticeable. They remain in place, and most patients enter a state of
deep relaxation or sleep for 20-40 minutes.
A standard course of care for many conditions is 10 treatments at a
frequency of 1-3 treatments per week. A series of treatments may be
needed for a cumulative effect. Some conditions can be successfully
treated in only one or two sessions.
In addition to needles, other forms of stimulation are sometimes used,
|radiant heat therapy||massage|
The number of treatments needed will vary according to:
|the nature of the condition||how long the condition has existed|
|overall health and constitution||lifestyle: excercise, diet, stress|
|frequency of treatment|