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Frequently Asked Questions

acupuncture therapy

Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 2,000 years. It is a therapy that involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body. Some believe it reduces pain and can treat hypertension, epilepsy, asthma, and digestive issues.

There are many theories about how acupuncture works, but not all are agreed upon by all scientists or acupuncturists. Scientists generally think that these treatments work because they stimulate nerve endings and send signals to various parts of the brain that diseased or distressed nerves depend on.

Some people experience 1-4 days while others experience ten to fourteen days of soreness following an adjustment. This can be lengthened or shortened, depending on how someone’s physical condition has reacted and what was adjusted.

It’s important to note that you will feel pain where it needs to hurt and where your muscles attach themselves to your bones. These are all trigger points in the body that chiropractors manipulate by making adjustments with their hands or instruments while carrying out care during an exam. Anywhere else there may be inflammation is being avoided at any cost, which reduces painful symptoms that might naturally accompany some pains elsewhere other than in these specific areas on our bodies.

Do not smoke, drink alcohol, over-exert yourself, take any painkillers without discussing it with your acupuncturist.

Acupuncture is the most used form of complementary and alternative medicine, with a survey in 2004 finding that 36% of Americans have tried it. It has been shown to help manage anxiety disorders like stress, tension or irritability by using needles to stimulate energy points in the body releasing endorphins which are feel-good neurotransmitters that reduce feelings of mental and physical discomfort.

Acupuncture is the most used form of complementary and alternative medicine, with a survey in 2004 finding that 36% of Americans have tried it. It has been shown to help manage anxiety disorders like stress, tension or irritability by using needles to stimulate energy points in the body releasing endorphins which are feel-good neurotransmitters that reduce feelings of mental and physical discomfort.

Acupuncture is often used for chronic pain management and can be an effective part of a strategic treatment plan.

Most clinical trials have shown that acupuncture is comparable to morphine in cutting the need by about 50%. This can represent considerable savings, both in cost and side effects, especially when care becomes more intensive (e.g., post-surgical or cancer rehabilitation).

It depends on what type of injury it is. Acupuncture can reduce pain for up to three months for injuries like sprained ankles, lower-back pain, or “tennis elbow”, and could even help with osteoarthritis.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries as a treatment for chronic pain, and the reason acupuncture is so effective is largely down to its ability to regulate serotonin.

Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters that transmits signals from nerve endings in muscles and organs back to the central nervous system. Serotonergic pathways are thought to be involved with regulating pain modulation. In clinical trials that pitted traditional Chinese acupuncture against sham acupuncture, it was shown decrease endorphin levels, serotonin levels and cortisol response after surgery.

Acupuncture is used to treat a number of health conditions, including anxiety, gastrointestinal issues such as bloating and diarrhea, menstrual problems, and infertility. One of the main conditions that acupuncture can treat effectively is pain, and because it works by balancing the body and mind through the nervous system, it also has a long list of side benefits, like getting rid of colds.

It’s important for people with serious medical conditions to consult with their doctor before starting any treatment that might interfere with conventional treatments.

Yes. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease headaches and nausea caused by chemotherapy, as well as chronic pain from various causes, including cancer.


Acupuncture therapy involves inserting needles into specific points on the body that trigger the release of endorphins, natural pain relievers. It also releases natural opioids called enkephalins that block the transmission of nerve impulses to a person’s brain. For someone living with cancer, this means less chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting.

Acupuncture is usually not a one-time, once-and-done. It also depends on the pain. If it’s a new or acute injury, 3 times a week is usually recommended, since by then the body has made all the inflammatory changes and instituted a chronic state where there are lots of ongoing neuro-immune responses that won’t go away. On the other hand, if someone has had chronic low back pain for six months and nothing’s making it better or worse, then 1 time/month may be sufficient since there’s not much inflammation present. In either case, people get off sooner with acupuncture than any other therapy. The average duration of treatment effect is four weeks (ranges from 2 to 12).

Acupuncture works in a few different time frames.

Ten minutes after treatment, there is an increased production of endorphins which mellow the experience for patients and alleviate pain. In 24 hours, depending on the specific condition being treated, patients may have more energy and sleep better or they can feel reduced pain from injury or shift bodily fluids that are causing them discomfort. In addition to these benefits that last one day to 24 hours post treatment, those receiving acupuncture regularly may also enjoy longer term effects like decreased sensitivity to colds or disease; improved menstrual cycles for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS); reduction in joint pain; resolution of cysts on ovaries so women can become pregnant without invasive medical treatments, and much more.

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins by targeting specific points on the body. These are traditionally called acupoints, though they’re often referred to more broadly and incorporated into a treatment plan using needles or other tools like heat, ice, and nutritional supplements like ginkgo biloba and Echinacea.
The treatments have been shown to regulate blood pressure levels, decrease pain or inflammation through nerve stimulation, repair damaged tissue due to injury or illness by increasing flow of oxygen-rich blood through muscle tissues and promote better sleep quality with regular treatments.

The best way to tell if acupuncture is working is if you are feeling better after receiving it. If you are feeling better, then the treatment has worked in some way. Another indication that acupuncture might be working is pain relief; or other symptoms improving such as nausea, muscle tension, fatigue and insomnia. I would also look out for “subtle” positive signs such as breathing becoming easier and a sense of increased energy levels before deciding that something might not be correct with your treatment. You can also discuss these feelings with your acupuncturist who can help decide whether they’re related to your worry – either way there’s a good chance he/she’ll have some helpful suggestions on how to deal with them!

Acupuncture reduces inflammation because the needles are strategically placed over an area of intense pain. The acupuncture has the effect of both releasing endorphins and calming down muscles cells.

Yes. The central nervous system is essential for brain function; it is what allows you to feel pain, emotions, and every physical sensation. Acupuncture affects the CNS by stimulating specific points in theses systems.
As a result of this stimulation, neurotransmitters are released that either increase or decrease the activity of neurons (nerve cells). When certain neurons are stimulated and release their transmitters at a higher rate than before, they become less sensitive and begin to heal. While stimulating other neurons will cause them to accelerate injury healing by enhancing regeneration or promoting neural repair.

Practitioners insert very thin needles at strategic points on the body to release tension and stimulate the healing process by increasing blood flow, diminishing scar tissue, breaking up adhesions, reducing nerve pain and more. The needles are either electrically stimulated or manually manipulated to send signals through the nervous system to help promote natural healing responses in your own body. Acupuncture can relieve many common conditions and often reduces emotional tension as well.