Here are some questions people often ask us if they’re considering acupuncture, but still aren’t sure of the benefits.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat many conditions, including pain and inflammation from a wide range of causes. Through its ability to rebalance energy flow through the body, it can also improve blood circulation, nerve communication, and muscle contractions.
Does acupuncture work?
Over the past several decades, thousands of clinical studies have been published which verify the benefits of acupuncture, and more are written every year. These also serve to strengthen our understanding of how to optimize its effects.
Who can have acupuncture treatment?
Anyone of any age can have acupuncture treatment. It does not interfere with medication, has no side effects, and is safe for everyone from babies to centenarians.
How long does acupuncture last?
A typical acupuncture treatment will last 20-30 minutes. In some cases, it can take longer for the desired effects.
How long do the effects of acupuncture last?
The effects of acupuncture may last anywhere from a few days to indefinitely. Acupuncture often has a cumulative effect, where the benefits last longer the more sessions you have.
How often should you have acupuncture?
Depending on your individual case, you may need treatment every day or two (in the early stages), or every several weeks. You can space your appointments further apart over time.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles may sting a little when they’re inserted, but this self-resolves in a few seconds. You won’t feel the needles once they’re in, except maybe for a slight tingling. .
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Yes, acupuncture can be safe during pregnancy as long as points related to labour induction are avoided.