Those seeking acupuncture are often in pain, and/or dealing with an organ based/internal medicine dysfunction, and/or seeking therapeutic relaxation as an addition to their wellness practice. People regularly seek acupuncture for headaches, TMJ dysfunction, neck pain, back pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis. The most common organ-based/internal medicine conditions include migraines, allergies, sinusitis, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, irregular menstrual cycle, painful menses, no menses, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, myalgic encephalitis, and as part of the care program for a person undergoing cancer treatment.
This is only a partial list. They beauty of acupuncture is that your practitioner is trained to use diagnostic tools to see what system is working too hard, and what is not working enough, and bring them into balance. When someone asks, “Can acupuncture help with that?”, the answer is usually yes, and your practitioner can guide you through their experience to what degree, how long, and honest expectations. Most of the time, you will notice a betterment or a feeling of general wellness after one session, and within three sessions have a solid idea of progress made and if its right for you to continue.
Acupuncture needles come in sealed, sterile blister packages, are one time use, and then disposed into a medical sharps container. The size of the needle themselves are so very different from a western shot; a western shot is about a 22 gauge needle and is hollow to allow blood to be pulled or a serum to be injected. Acupuncture needles are about 36 gauge and are not hollow; it looks more like a thick strand of hair, and comparatively painless. The gauge of the needles means how many needles fit into one inch; so to have a visual reference 36 acupuncture needles placed side by side can fit into one inch.
Licensed acupuncturist are well trained practitioners. They go through a nearly 4 year and 3,000 hour program with study in both western and eastern medical practices, and most have chosen this path and this form of practice because they are here to help.