Acupuncture is an ancient component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that became popular in the United States in the 1970s. Early documentation dates back 4,000+ years and has been used extensively throughout the world. It is based on the theory of balance within the body and the presence of health underlying any physical ailment. After a full diagnostic intake, points are chosen by the practitioner to achieve movement of the life energy, called qi (“chee”), which flows through the body. Acupuncture works by reminding your body how to use its resources most efficiently. All aspects of internal function are addressed through interaction with qi. This includes measurable increased blood flow, better fluid movement, and release of endorphins and regulation of other natural hormones.
Often times with illness the body and mind become so focused on trying to repair itself that constant pain or recurring symptoms can become how we go through life. Like a switch that gets stuck in the on position, the body’s internal reaction to original pain, illness, trauma, or injury remains helplessly diligent to try to fix a problem that is no longer relevant. Acupuncture stops this unproductive cycle to allow the body to see the big picture of how things are running now and address root problems accordingly.
Acupuncture treatments have a cumulative effect. Just as health problems develop over time, it takes time for the body to heal itself. The longer you have been dealing with an issue, the longer it will take to treat the root problem to eliminate the symptoms entirely. Time frame is variable, based on acute or chronic issues and your goals. In general, 3-4 treatments (once or twice per week) will create noticeable change for the majority of primary complaints before re-evaluation. It is typical to notice a change in symptoms after one treatment, however, repeat visits will provide longer sustainable results. The goal then is to not need acupuncture for a single problem for a prolonged time. Acupuncture supports your body to heal from within. Continued care a few times per year is the optimal use of acupuncture as preventative medicine.