Acupuncture

What is it and How Does it Work?

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to increase circulation and blood flow to specific areas of the body, depending on where we place the needles. The effects of acupuncture are vast, however the most common understanding of acupuncture are the effects it has on blood circulation and on the central nervous system.

Acupuncture is believed to influence the circulation of  blood flow and increase the circulation of blood in specific areas of the body.

Acupuncture has also been shown to reduce inflammation, promote the release of anti inflammatory mediators and substances such as Adenosine.

Other effects of acupuncture include stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and reducing stimulation to the sympathetic nervous system.  In short acupuncture can reduce the natural fight or flight responses in the body.

Acupuncture needles are quite small and pain free. A good majority of our patients experience a since of calmness, and well-being that lasts for several hours after a treatment.

How Long Does Acupuncture Take to Work ?

At our Acupuncture Clinic treatments last for around 30-40 minutes. A typical office visit is 60 min long. Most patients will experience immediate effects in the reduction of most types of pain.

With longer standing condition patients may take up to 24-36 hours after a treatment to notice relief in their symptoms. However, every patient is different and results will vary.

For problems that do not have acute obvious symptoms such as insomnia, PMS, Infertility, and seasonal allergies. Acupuncture may take up to several weeks to several months to show improvement in the condition at hand.

Are their Side Effects to Acupuncture?

  • Increase in symptoms temporarily
  • Increase in production of hormones
  • Sleepiness, drowsiness and minor fatigue 
  • Minor soreness at the site on needle insertion
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Increase in urination and or bowl movements
  • Changes in body temperature
  • Changes in sleep Patterns

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