Heard of Acupuncture, but Do You Actually Know How It Works?

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the “placing of acupuncture needles at certain acupuncture points to help irrigate and nourish the tissue” to treat a variety of ailments and pain, which are rooted in the blockage of energy.

Depending on your particular case, an acupuncturist will evaluate your needs and which parts of your body need the needles. During your treatment, you’ll lay down on a table, relax as best you can, and the practitioner will insert needles into different areas specific to you and your needs. You can close your eyes and even sleep during a treatment, which can range from 30 to 60 minutes or more.

How Does It Work?

You — yes you — have “meridians” of energy flow all throughout your entire body. This energy is called your qi (pronounced “chee”). “We all have a network of energy channels and meridians that flow through our body, making us feel physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually vital and healthy,” said Dr. Ng.

What Does It Feel Like?

If you’re relaxed, painless. As mentioned, you can (and might want to, if you’re anxious) fall asleep during your treatment. If you’re tense, you’ll feel more of the prick. Let your acupuncturist know if this is the case so they can help.

In my experience, I can actually feel things moving. I feel a weight in certain areas, despite the fact that these needles are super thin and essentially weightless. It’s a pretty surreal experience.

What Can It Treat?

It’s somewhat of a cure-all, in a sense. “Acupuncture treatments can help with the body’s internal organs to correct any imbalances in digestion, reproduction, and/or any physical or mental ailments,” said Dr. Ng. Here are some of the things that she uses acupuncture for.

1. Weight loss
2. Bloating
3. Headaches
4. Reproductive problems, including fertility, irregular periods, and cramps
5. Stress, anxiety, and depression
6. Joint pain, including jaw pain and tightness
7. Allergies
8. Cold symptoms
9. General pain
10. Digestive disorders

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