A procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia. A procedure in which specific body areas associated with peripheral nerves are pierced with fine needles to produce anesthesia, relieve pain, and promote therapy. Treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin.
Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: Usually not, as long as it is performed by a skilled practioner. It bears no resemblance to the feeling of a hypodermic needle. If the energy in the body is stagnant, and has been for a long time, it may be painful once it starts to move.
Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: Acupuncture works with the Life Force (which is what makes us function). Disease manifests itself and is difficult to cure when the life force becomes weakened.
Q: What can acupuncture be used for?
A: Any health problem, disease, or illness. Although there are techniques in Oriental medicine for healing all conditions, there are some problems that can be dealt with more quickly, with Western medicine. In such cases, you will be recommended to contact a physician.
Q: How many acupuncture treatments are necessary?
A: Most chronic conditions require a minimum of 10 treatments to help alleviate symptoms and balance the energy.
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