How does it work?
Acupuncture is based on the idea that we are energetic beings. This energy or “Qi” as it is know in Chinese, flows in pathways through our bodies and can be accessed at various points. Acupuncture works by inserting small, thin, needles into these points. The aim is to restore the body’s natural balance. Acupuncture works by regulating and modulating the the flow of energy, stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal.
Do the needles hurt? This is the most common question acupuncturists are asked. Each person experiences the needles differently. But first it is important to understand that acupuncture needles are very different from the regular needles used in medicine for injections or giving blood Acupuncture needles are smaller, thinner, solid, resembling more a thick hair than a needle. Some patients do not feel the needles much, others may feel a brief pinch. A few feel a tickling sensation, and for some patients the needles may occasionally hurt. The pain however is mild and short-lived.