Acupuncture Basics Part 2: Can Acupuncture Help You?

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As mentioned in part 1 of our blog on the subject, acupuncture is an ancient medical practice that facilitates an uninterrupted flow of the body’s Qi through the insertion of acupuncture needles at specific points on the body. 

Some individuals hope for acupuncture to present an immediate cure to their pain or discomfort, but in truth it is usually a more lengthy process, because acupuncture is to activate your own healing system to make you feel better.  Changes usually can be expected after 3 sessions and long last results usually need 6 to 12 visits. 

The good news is, when you consult a licensed practitioner of acupuncture, like Dr. Hong, you will see results, and discover exactly how acupuncture can help you.

 

Types of Pains Relieved by Acupuncture

Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture offers many specialties to relieve patients of their many ailments.Common reasons people seek acupuncture services for their aches and pains include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Internal organ pain 

These aches and pains can be eased with the help of acupuncture needles, however, you may just be reacting to the symptoms when you need to address the cause. 

The origin of your aches and pains can sometimes be rooted in other areas, such as having too much stress at work, experiencing a respiratory disease, or having a syndrome you’re not aware of, such as IBS

It’s essential to discuss your health with your doctor to give them a complete picture so they can create a targeted acupuncture plan that is right for you.

 

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Does Acupuncture Help for Nerve Pain?

While Easter medical practitioners speak of “Qi” and “meridian points,” Western practitioners use a slightly different vernacular, and may instead explain acupuncture as a way of stimulating the body’s nerves. 

By inserting an ultra-thin acupuncture needle into the body, local nerves send signals to the brain that cause it to release certain chemicals that allow the body to feel less pain, initiate nerve growth, and promote increased blood flow to an affected area. 

Much like a massage, it’s typical to feel sore or fatigued after undergoing an acupuncture session, but the temporary discomfort is well worth it. By stimulating the body in ways that only acupuncture can, your body can begin to more easily heal itself, rather than treating symptoms through harsh chemicals, as is often seen in more Western-oriented medicinal practices.

 

Visit Your Acupuncture Specialist in Calgary

Even if you’re afraid of needles, many of Dr. Hong’s patients feel at ease because she walks you through the process. We will delve more into how acupuncture may help you.

Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture in Calgary offers a wide array of services to ease your pain and illnesses. Everyone experiences different results, so it may help you, depending on the pain or ailments you’re experiencing. Acupuncture has been around for over 2,000 years, which means there’s a high chance for its success! 

Schedule an appointment today!

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