Acupuncture point treatment has evolved over thousands of years. The first use was through "ashi" points, these are points where there is pain. It was found that by inserting Bones, sharpened stones, or bamboo into these ‘ashi' points it would give relief. It was found that energy flows throughout the body in what are called meridians. Acupuncture points are specific points on the body which give particular access to this energy system, performing different functions depending on their locations and the patterns of disease disharmony involved.
While the patient lays relaxed, very fine surgical steel needles are inserted into these points and usually retained up to 30 minutes. The needles are single use and disposable. They may be manipulated to either tonify, nourish, and strengthen, or to drain or subdue.
Sometimes Electrical stimulation is also used. This is performed by placing small alligator clips onto the needles and passing a very mild battery generated electrical current through the needle to the point. Heat can also be applied to the point with the application of moxa on the handle of the needle.
It should be known that many conditions can take many months of treatments to obtain desired results. For instance, Chronic low back pain that has been nagging someone for 10 years may see some very quick results, although, any substantial lasting effects would actually take months or even years of regular treatments. After a complete diagnosis we will judge how frequent and how long treatment is indicated according to the severity and duration of the condition.
Sometimes the patient may feel a light pinch (sensation) as the needle is inserted. The sensations people claim to receive from Acupuncture point treatment are: dull aching pain, tingling sensation at the points or along the course of a meridian, mild electrical shock, and heaviness of the treated limb(s). Always let your practitioner know of any unusual sensations or discomfort you may experience.