Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest continuously practiced health systems, dating back as many as 5,000 years. Today millions of people in the US – adults and children alike – receive acupuncture treatments each year to ease pain and address both acute and chronic physical, emotional and psychological conditions.
As the efficacy and benefits of acupuncture are increasingly recognized, more are seeking acupuncture as part of their preventive care to boost their immune systems and maintain greater overall health, well-being and vitality.
With relatively few if any side effects, acupuncture is used to restore balance and promote the body-mind-spirit’s tremendous natural healing capacity. By gently stimulating specific points on the body, acupuncturists seek to keep your qi, sometimes translated as “vital energy” or “life force,” flowing smoothly and balanced throughout your entire body.
When the flow of qi is optimal, you experience vibrant health. When the flow is blocked or out of balance, your body sends you signals via pain, various symptoms of dis-ease, or both. Acupuncture considers the person as a whole, aiming to treat the presenting symptoms and resolve the underlying imbalance. A unique treatment plan that specifically addresses your individual needs and condition will be determined by your practitioner in partnership with you.
Most people experience no discomfort or a mild sensation as the hair-thin needles are inserted; some report mild tingling or a brief, dull ache. WisdomWell uses pre-sterilized, single-use, disposable needles that are .18mm wide (literally, the width of 1 or 2 human hairs). The needles have a very fine endpoint and are not at all like the hypodermic needles used for injections or to draw blood, which are hollow, have a cutting edge, and are 5-10 times larger. For young children and needle-averse individuals, acupressure and other tools are an option.
Following treatment, most people report feeling relaxed, even blissful. Some feel more energized and focused or more grounded and centered.