Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine and practices that have been fine tuned and developed over thousands of years. Acupuncture is a natural way to treat aliments in your body. The main idea of acupuncture is to improve the energy flow in your body. An acupuncturist works with pressure points and energy areas to help treat patients. When most people think of acupuncture, they think of being stuck with lots of needles. However, the acupuncture process is much more involved than just sticking someone with needles and actually includes multiple different methods to help realign a patient’s energy.
First, an acupuncturist works with the patient to identify what ails the patient. From there, the acupuncturist works on a plan to treat the patient’s symptoms and causes. They identify the energy channels that they need to work on. Then, the acupuncturist determines the best way to treat the patient’s energy channels.
An acupuncturist may use a few needles to help channel and redirect a person’s energy. Generally, a small number of needles are used in each treatment. In addition to needles, most treatments also consist of acupressure massage. The acupuncturist will apply pressure to specific places on a patient to help re-channel their energy. Most all treatments use a combination of needles and acupressure massage.
There are a few less common methods that an acupuncturist can also use to help a patient. They can use glasses on a patient’s back- a process called cupping, to help access energy points that release toxins from patients’ bodies. Some energy points require cold energy. When an energy point requires cold energy, an acupuncturist may burn herbs over the point in over to change the energy. Sometime they will instruct patients to injest certain herbs to help their energy flow.
Another method an acupuncturist can use is acustim. Acutism is when the acupuncturist uses small volts of electricity to help redirect a patient’s energy points. It is generally used with other types of treatment.
The type of treatment you receive depends on the reason that you went to see an acupuncturist. To learn more about the type of treatment you need to feel your best, book an appointment today.