How does Acupuncture work?
The human body contains vital energy, also known as Qi. If symptoms or diseases occur the flow of these energy is blocked or out of balance. Acupuncture stimulates certain points on your body in order to recreate a harmoniously flow of energy and to rebalance your energy.
In the evidence based conventional medicine we consider the release of different hormones and neurotransmitters, such as endorphins and histamine, the modulation of the nervous system, the influence of blood circulation and biomechanical effects in myofascial trigger-points, amongst others.
Thus Acupuncture can increase the blood circulation, improve the removal of metabolic end products, relieve Pain, release Tension, boost the Immune System, reduce allergic reactions, modulate one’s nervous system, reduce inflammation, promote relaxation/sleep, balance blood pressure, and support internal organs in their functioning.
Everybody experienced when one has a wound or scratch, the skin and other tissues heal itself. If one has a cold or flu, one’s body cures itself. Acupuncture triggers these self-healing mechanism, treats the causes that limit these mechanism thus promotes harmony, healing and health.
Simplified: “Acupuncture triggers various self-healing mechanism in your body”
What can Acupuncture treat?
The activation of your self-healing mechanism through Acupuncture can cure or improve:
- Pain and Tension of every genesis – Headaches and Migraines
- Menstrual Disorders – Skin disorders
- Allergic reactions – Sinusitis and Rhinitis
- Digestion issues – Urination difficulties
- High and Low Blood Pressure – Sleep disorders
- And many more
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. You may feel a short prick but not really a pain. However, at some points a numb, tingling, warm, electric, pressure, achy or other uncomfortable sensation may be felt. These are desired sensations and suggest that the healing process is progressing.
Are there any side effects?
An initial worsening, soreness or flare up, which feels more like sore muscles after a gym visit, for up to 2 days after the first few treatments are frequently mentioned but need to be understood as part of the released healing processes and therefore these are desired effects.
Bruises or minor swellings can occur at the puncture site and they generally are not anything to worry about.
Some clients may have a pressure or other uncomfortable sensations at the puncture site for a few minutes or even up to one day.
Promoted Relaxation, reduced stress and sleepiness/drowsiness are effects, which can be perceived as side effect, but they aren’t. Acupuncture treatments takes you out of an “overdrive” and reduces stress significantly. Therefore a true state of fatigue or even flu like symptoms can occur. If this happens, it’s your underlying condition, which need to be treated.
Severe and threatening side effects are not to expect if the acupuncture treatment is done by a trained and experienced acupuncturist.
Last time I didn’t feel any pain at all, but today every needle feels painful. Why is that?
Increased sensitivity can be a sign of regaining harmony in the matter of energy flow, which is of course a good sign. But also your mood, weather, stress, different daytime, environmental factors and more can influence your perception and sensitivity. The selection and number of points will be adapted to your progress in healing and maybe more sensitive points are chosen.
Can I prepare myself for an acupuncture treatment?
Yes. There are a few little things which support the treatment. You shouldn’t be hungry or dehydrated before the treatment. Heavy physical activity right before the session, but also a couple of hours after the treatment, can influence your energy flow and should be avoided. And an adequate personal hygiene is required.
How many treatments do I need, and how often?
The healthcare plan is always individual and depends on patient’s conditions and an acute, chronic or maintenance care. Acute phases usually need more frequent treatments as chronic or maintenance phases. Each treatment builds on the effect of the previous one. As symptoms improve the treatment will be less frequent but still be needed at certain intervals to maintain the regained balance and to prevent and to avoid illness and discomfort. 10 to 20 treatments with different intervals, the interval can vary from daily to once a month, are the most common numbers of treatments.
What can I do to get the best of my Acupuncture treatments?
To get the best of your Acupuncture treatments it’s recommended:
- To drink plenty of water to energize your muscles, to promote your digestion, to support your skin protective barrier, to stay refreshed and alert, to regulate your body temperature, to support the transport of your nutrition, to keep your blood clean and healthy and to keep your skin good looking
- A general rule is to drink at least 30ml water per kilogram of your body weight per day (For example: 60kg x 30ml = 1.800 ml = 1,8 liter per day)
- To keep your body warm (avoid too cold air conditioners, these would decrease the activated healing processes)
- If cold therapies are required, these should not exceed 20 minutes but can be repeated 2 to 4 times per day
- These cold therapies can be done by an in ice water dipped towel or cold packs
- In the matter of a healthy diet it’s advisable to “eat natural as possible” which is equal to “eat less processed foods as possible”
- A balanced lifestyle with appropriated breaks, relaxation, breathing and meditation exercises are helpful to counteract the stressful performance criteria of the rush of our modern society and so you can reduce stress, increases your ability to handle stress and recover your needed energy for your everyday activities
- But just leaning back and do nothing is harmful too, therefore an appropriate amount of movement and exercise is as well supporting: “Life is Movement and Movement is Life”
- Also making movement and exercise to a daily habit is more advisable than exercise just for 1 or 2 times per week
What are the differences of Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Acupuncture Injection Therapy and Facial Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin acupuncture needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body. This activates the body’s own self-healing powers and leads to a release of different neurotransmitters (such as histamine, endorphin or acetylcholine), a stimulation of various nerves and a balancing of the autonomous nervous system. With this holistic and for thousands of year proven unique needle treatment you can get rid of:
- Pain & Tension syndromes – Headaches & Migraines
- Allergies – Sinusitis & Rhinitis
- High & Low Blood Pressure – Skin disorders
- Digestive issues – Urination difficulties
- Menstrual disorders – Sleep disorders
In some cases additional treatments, if required, are performed. These ranges from Acupressure Massage Therapy over Gua Sha Fa (Scraping) to Energetic Function and Pain Therapy.
Dry Needling involves the insertion of needles into pressure sensitive or tender myofascial Trigger Points. It’s developed in the 1970’s for myofascial pain syndromes. To get the best of these treatments is a combination with Chiropractic Adjustments highly recommended.
Acupuncture Injection Therapy (Wet Needling) includes an injection of natural sterile injection solution into Acupuncture and Trigger points. The effects are as Acupuncture and can be understood as an increase of the desired tissue stimulation. Indications are injuries, chronic back pain, joint pains and tension syndromes.
Facial Acupuncture leads to better supplied skin with nutrients. In connective tissue collagen production is increased. The muscles are stimulated and one has a better circulation. The tissue tightens and becomes firmer. The result is the effect of a facelift, but without the wounds, scars and risks associated with each operation by scalpel with it. The skin becomes firmer and smoother, the face relaxes as after six weeks of vacation. “Look like yourself, but better”
The Benefits of cosmetic Acupuncture are:
- Eliminating fine lines and reduce deep wrinkles
- Skin tightening
- Stimulation of skin metabolism for a healthy, radiant appearance
- Stimulating collagen production and thus strengthen the connective tissue
- Optimizing the hormonal system and reduce Acne
- Emphasizing the innate beauty
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