What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment that has been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of acupoints on the body, using fine, slender needles. Acupuncture restores energy and balance, improves Qi (Chi) and blood circulation, enhances organ function and reduces pain and inflammation.

How does Acupuncture work?

The goal of acupuncture is to attain and maintain balance in the human body. One explanation can be that our nervous system, which is linked with our endocrine system, transmits signals and biochemicals throughout our bodies.  Acupuncture stimulates these signals, which may become disrupted due to illness, injury or stress, and restores their normal frequency. Acupuncture is an accumulative treatment, usually requiring more than one session, although many people will notice improvements immediately.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

During your treatment, extremely thin needles will be inserted into specific points on your skin. Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. Most people feel no pain as the needles are inserted, though a dull ache or sharp sensation may be experienced for a few moments by some. Acupuncture generally leaves you feeling either relaxed, or energized by treatment.

How long is an Acupuncture treatment?

Typically an initial consultation and treatment will take an hour. Subsequent treatments can vary between 1/2 and 1 hour depending on the patient and their condition. You will be informed of which is better for you during your initial consultation.