What is acupuncture and how does it work? Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It is the most well known aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is rooted in the idea that illness, pain and discomfort stem from imbalance. Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into points discovered along meridians that restore balance and facilitate the free flow of the body’s healing energy.
Does acupuncture hurt? People report feeling a number of different sensations when receiving acupuncture. Pain is usually not one of them. Points where needles are inserted can feel distended, swollen or warm. Acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin, so many people don’t feel anything when being treated. Certain techniques can be stronger than others, and what is used is determined based on your condition. Ultimately this is your treatment and nothing will be done that you are not comfortable with. Generally speaking, it is a relaxing, rejuvenating experience.
Is acupuncture safe? Yes. Acupuncture is one of the safest medical interventions you can have, when done by a trained and licensed practitioner. All needles are sterile and disposable. Licensed acupuncturists are required to be trained in standard clean needle technique and must pass rigorous exams administered through the Minnesota Board of Medicine.