What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture originates from the Eastern Medical System and involves the insertion of extremely thin single-use sterile filiform needles to affect the energy dynamics of our bodies, also known as Qi. Upon insertion, this holistic treatment targets specific points on the body to adjust, redirect and boost these energy systems. Qi is considered the driving and directing force behind all the activities, mechanisms and functions of the human body. Disease and illness occur when the balance of these connections has been affected in some way.
Acupuncture also has whole body effects due to the body’s somato-autonomic reflex. This reflex occurs when stimulation of the skin and musculoskeletal system alters the autonomic nervous system. This system is responsible for both the “Fight or Flight” and “Rest and Digest” systems of our bodies, thereby affecting both our neural pathways and organ function.
A Registered Acupuncturist is trained to identify any pattern of imbalance that is causing disease or pathologies and select appropriate points on the body to treat a variety of conditions. Bringing the autonomic system back into balance is often enough to correct many issues. Promoting healing and improving overall circulation, your therapist may also use other techniques that they have been trained in such as moxibustion, shiatsu, tui na, cupping and gua sha.
Although acupuncture is a 3,000 year-old healing technique, modern research has detailed acupuncture’s positive effects on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine and immune systems as well as digestive system. Releasing blocked Qi in the body evokes the body’s natural healing response through these physiological systems. By stimulating these systems, acupuncture can help to relieve pain, improve sleep issues, digestive function and overall sense of well-being.
Acupuncture treatment has an immediate local effect on the promotion of blood flow, regulation of nerves/the nervous system, the disruption of pain pathways and the secretion of endorphins. Most commonly treated conditions include, but are not limited to: pain, fertility and gynecological issues, digestive disorders (nausea, gastritis, indigestion, GERD etc.), facial rejuvenation, stress and anxiety management as well as bell’s palsy.
Acupuncture can be just as effective for conditions less often considered for treatment such as Pediatrics, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue, an immune boost (common cold, flu, lingering illness etc.), prenatal and postpartum care, addiction cessation, insomnia or sleep issues, stroke rehabilitation as well as pre and post-operative care.
Cosmetic acupuncture involves many tiny filiform needles which are inserted into lines and discolorations on the face, as well as regular acupuncture needles being inserted into major facial acupuncture points. While the facial needles are in, the acupuncturist then chooses appropriate body acupuncture points to improve overall health and a sense of wellbeing.
Cosmetic acupuncture can treat puffiness around the eyes, improve facial muscle elasticity, reduce dark circles under the eyes, reduce or eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, reduce sagging jowls, skin becomes more delicate and fair, collagen production increases, age spots fade, acne, rosacea and broken capillaries are reduced, skin tone improves, pores tighten, lifts drooping eyelids, and the whole body feels energized, relaxed, and balanced..
Frequency Asked Questions
1. What to expect during an acupuncture appointment?
First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history and perform a detailed intake. Based on a combination of your history and some physical examinations, your acupuncturist will prepare a diagnosis in Eastern Medical terms as well as determine a treatment plan depending on your individual health needs to address your particular condition.
Based on the treatment plan, your acupuncturist will choose acupuncture points and with consent there may be the use of a combination of modalities including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and tui na massage or shiatsu.
Your acupuncturist may require you to disrobe partially or fully, using a draping technique of sheets and blankets to respect your privacy. You may withdraw your consent at any time during your acupuncture treatment.
2. How many sessions will effective treatment require?
Your therapist will discuss an appropriate treatment plan that works for you. More specifically for cosmetic acupuncture, ten treatments are needed to obtain optimal lasting results, although it varies from 5 to 12 sessions depending on the quality of the skin and the desired result. It is recommended that the first four to six treatments are done twice per week to ensure that the treatment lasts. Once the course of treatments is completed, it is recommended that clients repeat the session every four to six weeks for maintenance.