First step: Click here for a BAcC video with answers to 16 frequently asked questions
What happens in an acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture uses single use disposable needles that are inserted into certain points in the body depending on your condition. Within our body we have an ability to heal ourselves. For example, when you get the common cold and you don’t take any medication for it, eventually your body has the ability to overcome the cold and get better due to the body’s internal healing mechanisms. Acupuncture works on this same premise and helps to promote your body’s own internal healing abilities from the inside. Acupuncture facilitates your body’s own production of natural endorphins or painkillers which is why it can be so beneficial in the reduction of pain. Acupuncture also has the ability to act as an anti-inflammatory as well increasing local blood flow and circulation to certain areas of the body. Since acupuncture works to stimulate your body’s internal healing mechanisms, it can help alleviate various types of conditions and promote general wellness. Some of the most common conditions treated are listed below. Click here to go to the BAcC factsheets on a range of conditions that may benefit from acupuncture. • Pain & Painful Conditions • Sports Injuries • GI Issues (Acid reflux, Constipation, IBS, Crohn’s Disease) • Pregnancy (Breach Position, Haemorrhoids, Morning Sickness, Postpartum Depression, Milk Production) • Women’s Health (Dysmenorrhea, PMS, Heavy Periods, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Menopausal Symptoms) • Infertility • Migraines/Headaches • Stress Reduction • Respiratory Issues (Asthma, Chronic Throat Clearing, Frequent Colds) • Sciatica • Depression/Grief • Anxiety • Addictions • Hypertension • Bell’s Palsy • Trigeminal Neuralgia
Does acupuncture hurt?
Is acupuncture safe?
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Do you reuse acupuncture needles?
Do you treat people who have a fear of needles?
What is meant by ‘insertion’? The needle comes in various lengths and widths but rest assured, it’s sharp! – although not so sharp that its point is easily bent. Under the microscope, a good acupuncture needle has a tip that is smoothly rounded to prevent snagging. How deep do the needles go? It depends. In some places it might be hardly through the skin or just a couple of millimetres inside. In your buttocks it might be up to 3 inches or 75mms depending on how well built you are. Bear in mind that the actual acupuncture point could be just under the surface of the skin, but in other places is at a depth. To do its work, the needle should make contact with the point, where it can manipulate it for your health. Here is Kim Kardashian receiving some facial acupuncture prior to the birth of her baby. Bless.