How does acupuncture work?
At Wind Gate Wellness, we primarily follow the Five Element theory in tandem with other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This practice has been used for about 2,000 years in cultures around the globe and is an effective method of both diagnosis and treatment. It works holistically with the mind, body and spirit, not just symptoms.
Five Element theory is essentially based on the idea that the world and the body are made up of just that: five main elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These elements correspond to specific organs in the body and are all interconnected.
Acupuncture is the penetration of specific anatomic locations on the skin, called acupuncture points, by thin metallic needles. It is based on the ancient Chinese theory of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) through distinct “meridians” or pathways in the body, similar to what nerves and blood vessels do. (It’s interesting to note that the body has no less than a thousand acupuncture points.)
Healthy, open meridians where energy and blood can flow freely are essential for optimal health. When acupuncture needles are inserted into the body at specific points along these meridians, it stimulates the body’s healing capacity. As the needles trigger the central nervous system, they cause the release of painkilling and inflammation-reducing substances. The outcome of acupuncture is the creation of a harmonious balance in the body.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your condition. It can vary from a single treatment for an acute condition to weekly treatments for long-term/chronic conditions.
What should I expect during a treatment session?
We will first do an overall assessment of your medical history and general health. During your treatment, sharp, thin needles as thin as a piece of hair will be inserted into the body at very specific points. Everyone experiences a different sensation when the needles are inserted, especially at different points. Most report a dull tingling sensation while others may notice nothing. Some needles remain in place for 40 minutes; others aren’t retained at all. During this time, you may feel some tingling, or an electrical sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian. After the treatment, any discomfort is usually mild and short term. There are no long-term negative side effects.
What results will I experience?
Everyone’s body is unique and healing can appear in a variety of ways. Because this medicine works with the body and constitution, results vary from person to person. While the initial symptoms that a patient comes into our offices with are usually resolved, many of our patients report generally feeling happier. This can result from a lessening of pain, better concentration and mental organization, increased energy, or even a reduction in emotional symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
What is the cost?
Please see our Store Page for information on the cost of treatments.
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