By Teresa Fons, LAc | Published 11 June 2019
Our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves. Sometimes we need Western medicine to step in when things are more serious, but for the most part, our bodies are always trying to find a way back to health. This also means our bodies may need a little help on occasion, and that is where Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine come into play. It is a natural way to treat the body without harsh side effects.
Acupuncture is a catalyst. It sets off a cascade of physiological processes in our bodies. It is a gentle nudge for our bodies to make the necessary changes and actions to return to a state of balance. Some of these changes and processes happen immediately and others over a few hours or days.
The practice of acupuncture involves using sterile, single-use needles to stimulate points on the body. These points are known as acupuncture points, or acu-points for short. The needles are incredibly fine. So fine, that you can fit 15+ acupuncture needles inside the opening of a hypodermic needle.
When I introduce myself as an acupuncturist, the most common replies I hear are, “does it hurt?” or “I”m afraid of needles.” People are often thinking of hypodermic needles, which are used for taking blood and giving injections. Most of the time, you feel a slight poke on the insertion of the needle and the feeling passes immediately. If there is any discomfort, I simply adjust the needle or take it out and reinsert a new needle. Often times, you might feel a dense sensation or a feeling of heaviness, which is totally normal.
Treatment lasts for roughly 20 minutes after all the points have been inserted. This is a great time to meditate, relax or take a cat nap. Most people feel a great sense of relaxation after the treatment is finished.
Everyone’s body reacts differently to acupuncture. Our bodies and discomforts are unique, so if your pain didn’t go away in one visit and your friend’s pain did, thats ok. Our individual bodies respond in varying degrees compared to others. Acupuncture treatments are cumulative and build from one to the next, and so on. You get the ball rolling with the first treatment, but in order to keep up the momentum, you need to commit to regular treatment to keep forward progress.
Some conditions also take longer to treat than others. This has to do with a number of factors, including the severity and how long you’ve had symptoms. Generally, chronic and longer lasting conditions will take a little more time. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions, for example: acute or chronic pain, injuries, digestive complaints, insomnia, anxiety, depression, dizziness, foggy memory, urinary problems, infertility, menstrual complaints, fatigue, high blood pressure…
If you were to ask me, “Can acupuncture treat ____?” my answer would most likely be, “Yes.” That is not to say acupuncture is a cure all, but it is extremely effective at treating the symptoms of a great number of diseases and conditions. I became an acupuncturist because I fell in love with how acupuncture made me feel. I hope you fall in love with it, too!
Teresa is the owner of Northshore Acupuncture, located in the “yoga wing” of E2 Yoga and Fitness and is currently accepting new patients. E2 Members receive a $25 discount on their first appointment. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. You can reach Teresa with any questions or to schedule an appointment at (414)255-0025 or [email protected]