A type of treatment that consists of inserting extremely fine needles through the skin of an individual at certain points on the body, to different depths is called acupuncture.  

 

According to research, it can help relieve pain. Also, it is utilized for a huge variety of other illnesses.  

However, there’s limited evidence for its effectiveness in aspects other than pain, according to NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health). 

It stays unclear how this treatment scientifically works. Several individuals claim it works by balancing vital energy. On the other hand, some think it has a neurological effect.  

Among western scientists and medical doctors, acupuncture remains controversial.  

What’s Acupuncture? 

A professional, called as an acupuncturist, will insert fine needles into the body of an individual. The goal is to balance their energy. According to claims, this can help improve the wellbeing and might cure several diseases.  

Acupuncture is used to treat conditions that include various types of pain. This includes severe cough, blood pressure issues, and headaches.  

Risks 

Every treatment has benefits as well as risk. For acupuncture, here are several potential risks: 

  • There is a risk of collapsed lung when inserted deeply into the upper back or chest. However, this is extremely rare.  
  • On rare occasions, a needle might damage and break an internal organ. 
  • The patient might be infected if unsterilized needles are used.  
  • Soreness, bruising, and bleeding might occur at the insertion areas.  
  • If a patient takes blood thinners or has a bleeding disorder, acupuncture is risky.  

The US FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) standardizes acupuncture needles as medical instruments. Their labeling and manufacture have to meet particular standards. The needles should be nontoxic, sterile, and labeled for single-use only. It should be used only by a licensed acupuncturist.  

Just like any other therapy, it is recommended to use it together with traditional treatments in cases of severe or chronic illness.  

What to Expect 

Acupuncture points are situated on meridians, according to traditional Chinese medical theory. It is a place where vital energy runs. This energy is called “chi” or “qi”. 

An acupuncturist will check the patient and inspect his/her condition. Then, the practitioner will insert 1 or more needles.  

Depending on where the needles are to be inserted, the patient will be asked to lie on one side, front, or back. If you are going for facial rejuvenation, the needles will be inserted on your face. The patient might feel an extremely brief tingling or stinging sensation as every needle is inserted.  

Occasionally, there is a dull ache at the needle’s base that eventually diminishes after the needle is inserted. Typically, acupuncture is quite painless.  

The needles are often stimulated with electricity or heated after insertion. 

The needles will stay in the skin for around 5 up to 30 minutes.  

The required number of sessions will vary on the person. Normally, an acute issue improves after 8 up to 12 treatments. An individual with a chronic condition might require 1 up to 2 treatments each week.