Acupuncture points on
the meridians have very specific uses. For example, if you have a stubborn,
dry cough, there are points for moistening. If you have a productive, hacking
cough with lots of mucus, there are points to help clear the phlegm and
quiet the cough. There are points to help restore the appetite and points
to calm it down when you're ravenously hungry all the time. There are points
to start the menstrual cycle when it is late and points to stop it when
the flow is too heavy. Your acupuncturist is skilled in selecting the right
combination of points for you during each treatment.
are tiny, solid filaments that are inserted in the skin. The needles are
sterile and disposable, just like needles in the doctor's office. But acupuncture
treatment doesn't feel anything like getting an injection. Acupuncturists
are skilled in setting the needles quickly and painlessly. Sometimes it
feels like a quick pinch that rapidly subsides. You may feel a heaviness
or fullness at the points, or spreading warmth, or zinging, as if something
is flowing. The treatment is usually very relaxing. Many patients nap or
rest. Afterward you can expect to feel more energy, less pain, less stress,
and heightened sense of well-being.
will work out a plan with you for the number of treatments you may need,
depending on the severity of your symptoms and how long you have had them.
Colds and flus, that develop quickly over a day or two, can usually be
greatly helped by one or two treatments. Chronic health problems that have
developed over months and years will typically require a longer course