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  • Writer's pictureKate Maslowski

Acupuncture: Everything You Need To Know

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient type of Chinese Medicine that is widely used in the holistic health space. The theory is that our placing small thin needles at strategic points of the body can rebalance the qi (chi) or life force. Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, including:

  • Menstrual cramps and PMS

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Allergies

  • Digestive conditions

  • Insomnia

  • Stress, Depression, and Anxiety

  • Infertility

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Your practitioner will ask you questions about why you are here today, what you hope to get out of the treatment, and will likely examine your tongue, your pulse rate, and facial coloring.The practitioner will typically use between 5-20 needles per session, and insert them in points in your body that correspond with the condition you are treating. You will be left alone in the room anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the treatment plan.

The belief in Oriental Medicine is that these points help your energy will rebalance and your body will find healing. Western Medicine views acupuncture as stimulating nerves that boost your body's natural immune system.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Most people find Acupuncture to be a relaxing and painless experience. The needles are thin. If you experience any pain from the needles, be sure to tell your practitioner and they will adjust them. The goal should be for you to have a pain free and relaxing experience.

Acupuncture Near Me

Acupuncture is a treatment that must be done in person. Visit Holistic Health Collaborative's Practitioner page to see the Acupuncturists available to help you, or submit the health goals survey and our Functional Medicine Coach will help connect you with a modality based on your symptoms.


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