Acupuncture at Stella Luna
Though it has gained in popularity in the West as either an alternate or complementary therapy to Western medicine over recent decades, Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has a history that dates back thousands of years.
Acupuncture involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body that are along pathways called meridians. These points/meridians are located where Qi (intrinsic, vital energy) flows close to the skin’s surface. The idea is that when the flow of Qi is disrupted, imbalanced, or even blocked, it can lead to discomfort or dis-ease. The aim of Acupuncture is to restore the balance and flow of Qi to promote health, well-being, and personal growth.
At the start of an acupuncture session at Stella Luna, our trained practitioner will examine the patient’s condition, ask questions, and identify the appropriate pathways and points to target. Then the practitioner will apply the needles into the appropriate points, and at various depths, depending on the specific treatment goals. After that, there is usually a period where the practitioner allows the needles to stay in for a period of time to fully allow the points to open and the energy to release and flow correctly. If the client wishes and it is appropriate to the treatment, other approaches may be applied as well.
The sensations experienced during acupuncture can vary from person to person. Some people may feel a slight tingling or a dull ache at the insertion site, while others may not feel anything at all. The needles are typically left in place for a short period, usually between 10 to 30 minutes, during which time the patient can relax and allow the treatment to do its work.
Though the exact mechanisms by which acupuncture works are not fully understood from a Western medical perspective, several hypotheses have been proposed. Some of them, focusing on pain relief, believe that acupuncture treatments could be good for helping release natural pain – releasing chemicals into the body, known as endorphins; or that the effect on the nervous system encourages the release of neurotransmitters.
Often used in conjunction with other medical treatments and therapies, Acupuncture is employed to address a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain and/or stress, musculoskeletal disorders, headaches, digestive issues, allergies, and anxiety.
It’s important to note that while acupuncture is safe when performed by a qualified and trained professional, there can be some risks involved. These risks include minor bleeding, bruising, and soreness at the needle insertion sites. It’s important to seek acupuncture treatment from a qualified practitioner who obeys proper hygiene practices and uses sterile needles.
Before considering acupuncture or any other alternative therapy, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss your specific condition and to determine the most appropriate treatment approach that will work for you.
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