In modern acupuncture the use of electrical stimulation is frequently combined with acupuncture for painful conditions, a technique that can treat chronic pain, pain radiating along a nerve pathway, muscle spasms, inflammation, scar-tissue pain and conditions that present with pain in multiple locations .
For the treatment of pain, a typical course of treatments would be to receive acupuncture once or twice a week for two months at which point the practitioner will re-assess the case.
In addition to treating pain, the World Health Organization has published the following list of over forty disorders that research has shown favorably to acupuncture.
Cataract (without complications)
Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
Pain after tooth extraction
Low back pain
Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacterial dysentery
Paralysis after apoplectic fit
Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
What should I expect?
On the first visit your practitioner will do an take on the history of the disorder to be treated and come up with a treatment strategy. The first visit can be about an hour to an hour and a half depending on the complexity of the case. Follow up visits will be about a half hour to an hour. Acupuncture will be given on the first visit and herbs will be prescribed if appropriate.
What should I do to prepare for my treatment?
Most conditions can be treated using points on the extremities, typically below the elbows on the arms or below the knees on the legs. Wearing loose fitting clothing with pant legs or sleeves that can be easily rolled up will allow the practitioner to easily access these points.
Does it hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and designed to go into the body smoothly. A feeling of warmth or a little bit of pressure is a typical sensation when being needed, but it's nothing like the jab of a hypodermic needle like you might be familiar with getting a shot or a blood draw.