Acupuncture is the adjusting of the physiological functioning of the human body through the electrical system. It can regulate organ or body functioning through the use of very fine sterile surgical stainless steel needles. These needles are inserted at specific points found throughout the body. These acupoints are chosen based upon each specific point functioning and what is trying to be regulated. There are well over 400 points, and each one can have a different effect on the body. Acupuncture is a type of science, and although little research has been done here in the US, there are thousands of years of clinical, documented, empirical evidence that shows its ability to stimulate changes in the body.
Most patients will feel different after the very first treatment. The effects of acupuncture are said to be cumulative, therefore with each treatment, the effects can begin to last longer and longer. Most patients choose to have acupuncture treatment once or twice per week until their problem has vanished or has shrunken so small that they hardly notice that it is present. The acupuncturist’s goal is to get the patient to a point where they would only require maintenance treatments. Maintenance treatments can be given one time per month or seasonally. Much of this is dependent upon the individual’s lifestyle, and willingness to make subtle changes.