What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which thin needles are inserted into the body. The Chinese believe acupuncture balances the body’s ‘qi’ energy, which supports good health, pain relief, and helps heal illnesses. Western studies have indicated blood flow can be improved, inflammation reduced, endorphins (the body’s own pain killers) released and the part of the brain associated with rest and restoration stimulated. Acupuncture is considered a safe and effective treatment for a variety of health conditions when administered by a trained healthcare professional.
Did You Know ...?
Acupuncture is used by approximately 3 million Americans each year. The therapy has been growing in popularity in the US, yet has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years.
Acupuncture Helps With Various Conditions
You do not have to be sick or in need of pain relief to undergo acupuncture. In fact, many people use acupuncture as a means of maintaining good health. However, the therapy can provide relief for various conditions and symptoms including -
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Reduced Immunity
- Respiratory Issues
- Fertility Issues
- Digestive Issues
- and much more!
Learn about Top 10 Reasons To Try Acupuncture
What To Expect During A Session With Our Licensed Acupuncturist
Acupuncture is meant to be a relaxing experience. During a treatment session with a licensed acupuncturist, very fine needles are placed into the skin at specific points throughout your body. Some people experience tingling or heaviness at the acupuncture sites, while others feel very little to no discomfort at all. Those suffering with physical or mental health conditions often experience relief following one or more acupuncture treatments. Oftentimes, patients feel quite relaxed during and after an acupuncture treatment.
We encourage you to ask any questions you may have leading up to your appointment so that you are informed and educated about acupuncture therapy. Additionally, the acupuncturist may choose to complement the acupuncture by using non-needle techniques such as acupressure, cupping, and gua sha. The needles are left in place for several minutes before being removed. Once the treatment is completed, you can proceed with the rest of your day with a normal routine. Our licensed acupuncturist in Northern Virginia may also recommend lifestyle practices such as Chinese nutritional therapy, gentle stretches and exercises.
Your Initial Visit
Our licensed acupuncturist, will custom tailor a comprehensive treatment plan for you which may include acupuncture, non-needle techniques (including cupping, massage and/or moxibustion), Chinese nutritional therapy, aromatherapy, specific exercise or stretching techniques, and stress relief practices to achieve optimal results. She takes great care in making sure that her patients are comfortable with the treatment plan.
You will receive an outline indicating estimated number of acupuncture visits and recommended lifestyle changes to support your body in it’s self-healing abilities. You are encouraged to take action in your healing process as this is a key component toward speedy recovery.
How Soon Will You Experience Results
Many patients report symptomatic pain relief and increased energy after a a couple of acupuncture sessions. The exact number and frequency of sessions varies from person to person. Generally, it is recommended you should plan for 4 weekly visits to see how your body and condition responds to the acupuncture treatment.
We are dedicated to helping you realize improved health through acupuncture treatments. Rest assured that our experienced team of professionals will treat you with compassion, care and dedication while you heal.