What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. It involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the skin in order to stimulate the brain to send oxygenated blood to where it is required to go, it may ease pain and allow for healing and restoration of proper function.
Clinical evidence of effectiveness of acupuncture
In a recent study held at several Melbourne public hospitals, including the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, it was found the acupuncture was far more efficient as a pain killer that any other technique or drug.
The British National Health Service carried out a systematic review of the evidence for the use of acupuncture to treat or manage a range of disorders. They found that there was evidence that acupuncture is effective to treat dental pain, jaw pain and to control nausea after operations and chemotherapy treatment.
For many conditions where acupuncture can be used, the evidence has not been systematically reviewed, or the current scientific evidence to prove that it is effective is not yet established.
Clinical guidelines published in many different countries have found that acupuncture is moderately helpful in a wide range of conditions, particularly those which involve pain.
How acupuncture is performed
At Nourishlife we use single use disposable needles of high quality and very fine gauge. Depending on the location of the treatment, you will either sit or lie down. Properly done, acupuncture is painless because the needles are very fine (around 0.18 mm wide). When the needles are inserted, you may feel mild tingling around the site, warmth or heaviness, or even nothing at all.
What to expect from acupuncture
The main thing you should expect is for there to be a shift in your pain. Either dulled or gone completely. You will normally feel relaxed and refreshed, but specific responses depend on each person. For instance, some people feel energised, while others feel sleepy.
The number of treatments you need depends on your condition. In most cases, people experience a reduction in symptoms within a few sessions. The idea of acupuncture is to restore the natural balance of energy inside your body. Once the balance is restored, the body can take care of itself and no further treatments are necessary.