Acupuncture is one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been developed and practiced in China, Japan and other Asian countries for more than 2000 years. It is has gained increasing popularity in the West over the last 2-3 decades, which has led to more and more clinical trials being performed that have validated acupuncture's effectiveness.
During an acupuncture treatment, very small, fine, and sterile needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin to stimulate certain points. On average, between 8-12 needles are inserted per session commonly on the lower arms, lower legs, abdomen and back.
Acupuncture is effective because it is a holistic therapy that addresses the root cause of the problem as well as the symptoms. This means that as a result of acupuncture treatment you will experience an overall improvement in the quality of your health as well as relief from symptoms.
The sensation of acupuncture can feel like a numb, tingling, or dull aching sensation which lasts only for a few moments. Most patients are obviously a little anxious before their first session but are pleasantly surprised at how painless it is and how relaxed they feel after.