Acupuncture treatment has been around for thousands of years, and most people in Hong Kong understand at least a little about how it works. Typically, acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with thin needles. Some of the most common acupuncture treatments are:
- Stimulating the fertility of women
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Relieving the pain of migranes
- Treatment to stop smoking
- Acupuncture for pain relief/chronic pain
- Relief of swelling and joint pain in arthritis
- Treatment of anxiety and/or depression by acupuncture
- Correction of hormone imbalances
The focus of acupuncture treatment is on adjusting the body’s energy flow (Chi) into healthier patterns. Acupuncture also believed to stimulate hormone and neurotransmitter production, and release endorphins into the bloodstream which help combat pain.
“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is an effective treatment for “over forty” medical problems such as chronic pain, headaches and those associated with problems like back injuries and arthritis.”
Acupuncture in Integrative Medicine
Acupuncture works particularly well in combination with other holistic therapies such as hypnosis. If you are attempting to stop smoking, for example, you may find this a powerful combination to reduce cravings and eliminate most withdrawal symptoms. Many people who are dealing with other issues such as anxiety or stress find adding an acupuncture treatment along with their counselling or psychotherapy session can be very effective.
The Safety of Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is safe when performed by a trained therapist, and when acupuncture needles used are sterile and disposable. It’s not generally a “do it yourself” therapy that can be practiced at home.
What Is an Acupuncture Session Like?
Usually, before you for session, your acupuncturist will take some time to discuss your therapy with you. It’s important that you communicate clearly your desired outcomes, and do not conceal any medical complications that you may have. Your acupuncturist needs to know about any medications or other treatments you’re taking, so that they can assess your condition and plan appropriate course of treatment.
Once they have this information, they will probably be able to estimate how many sessions you will need. Typically acupuncture treatments may involve a few sessions up to several weeks of treatments, depending on the issue(s) to be addressed.
For the treatment, you will sometimes be partially or fully unclothed, and draped, similar to a massage session. Other types of acupuncture focus primarily on the head, particularly the ears. Obviously in these cases you can stay clothed, except perhaps for your hat.
Insertion of the needles is rarely painful, as most of the the needles used are very fine, the thickness of a human hair. Many report a stimulating and energizing effect from the session. Others (and sometimes the same people) describe the session as extremely relaxing.
To book an appointment for acupuncture treatment, call (+852) 2523 8044 today.