Acupuncture treatment: How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture treatment is a 4,000-year-old holistic healing system that originated in China. Over time acupuncture therapy has successfully treated billions of people in Asia and is now becoming increasingly popular in the West. It is a complete system for the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of a wide variety of conditions. Skyline's acupuncture doctors are incredibly experienced and offer you the finest acupuncture in Alexandria VA. We also offer acupuncture in Arlington. Our acupuncture center is relaxing, beautifully designed and created entirely with your comfort in mind.

Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese philosophy that sees all sicknesses in the body in terms of an imbalance in the energetic field of the body. This energetic field has been carefully mapped by the Chinese and they have discovered over 400 points that, when stimulated with acupuncture needles, can effect systemic changes in the body. These points are stimulated by the insertion of very fine, sterile and disposable needles.

A combination of these points is carefully selected by the acupuncturist to help activate the body's innate ability to heal itself and return to a state of balance. Acupuncture has a number of benefits and is used for a variety of ailments. Treatments include: acupuncture for infertility, acupuncture for weight loss, depression, anxiety, addictions and cravings and more.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The needles that are used in acupuncture are much thinner than the hypodermic needles that many people are scared of. At most, patients will feel a slight prick, or a warm, numb or heavy feeling momentarily. During the time the needles are in, patients may feel different subtle, non-painful sensations in the body. Patients often are surprised by how pleasant and relaxing an acupuncture treatment is, and many patients become so relaxed that they fall asleep.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture has local and systemic effects on the nervous and circulatory systems and can stimulate the endocrine system. Acupuncture has distinct effects on restoring homeostasis to the body and is effective for animals as well. From an Asian perspective, acupuncture works by affecting a patients' qi (often translated as "vital energy", qi is the common denominator of all things). By influencing the qi, acupuncturists have an effect on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person.

What to expect from an acupuncture treatment?

During the initial visit, the acupuncturist will do a comprehensive interview in order to fully understand the patient's unique condition. The practitioner will then take your pulse, examine your tongue, and sometimes palpate your abdomen or check for tender areas along the meridians. Based on the diagnostic findings, the acupuncturist will select the acupoints to be used. Once the needles are in a place, soothing music is put on and the patient is allowed to rest for 20-30 minutes. Acupuncture is surprisingly very relaxing. The practitioner may also prescribe an herbal formula or administer other forms of therapy during the treatment such as cupping, guasha, moxibustion or electro-stimulation.

Is acupuncture safe?

When done by a trained professional, acupuncture is very safe and has no side effects. Acupuncture does not add anything physical to the body and therefore is a safe complement to Western Medicine and can be safely used with drugs.

What can acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both thoroughly investigated acupuncture and have concluded that it is effective for a wide range of conditions. The WHO has a list of over 100 conditions for which acupuncture is effective including over 30 where acupuncture has been proven to be effective through controlled clinical trials including pain of various body parts, depression, addiction, painful menstruation, gastritis, essential hypertension, stroke, arthritis and allergic rhinitis. Many people also look to benefits of acupuncture in treatment for infertility or weight loss.

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Is acupuncture covered by my health insurance?

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