Acupuncture is the primary modality of Chinese Medicine. It is based on the theory that energy and fluids circulate throughout our bodies, not only in arteries and veins, but also via organ channels that traverse one another and their corresponding organs.
When people show signs of any condition we must determine which channels are impacted, to what degree, and then treat them accordingly. This is not necessarily mutually exclusive to Western medical diagnoses, which often times differ only in semantics. Acupuncture is just another paradigm by which to approach the healing process. The World Health Organization and modern hospitals recognize acupuncture as an effective form of medicine by improving the body’s immune system and overall circulatory function.
Most sessions last approximately one hour, the first part of which is intake and discussion, and may or may not include nutritional counseling. This is followed up by needling, which should be relatively quick and painless. Needles usually stay in for anywhere from 20-40 minutes, depending on the patient, during which time you can sleep, meditate or simply relax. Finally, if and when necessary, a few minutes of massage and/or cupping to complement the treatment's intention.
While some patients with short-term and/or acute issues may experience remarkable results after one or a few treatments, it is most advisable to come for 5-10 sessions for purposes of momentum and diagnostic accuracy, especially for chronic ailments.