Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice with very modern applications for your health and well-being. Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, offers acupuncture to help balance your body’s energy so it functions properly. Acupuncture is backed by the National Institutes of Health to help with issues like insomnia, chronic pain, and headaches, and it may be the therapy you need. Call the Selma, Texas, office today to schedule an appointment or use the online tool.
Acupuncture Q & A
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been in use in traditional Chinese medicine practices for thousands of years, and the National Institutes of Health backs it for use in a wide range of ailments.
The practice involves inserting special, thin needles at strategic meridians, or energy centers, on your body. Acupuncture stimulates your body to redirect energy to a point of balance, so your well-being improves.
Western medicine explains that the needles stimulate your nervous system to release healing chemicals into your muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. The release of endorphins and other pain-relieving chemicals that results from acupuncture treatment makes it effective.
What health concerns can acupuncture treat?
Some people choose regular acupuncture to help them maintain energetic balance and long-term health and well-being. Your provider may also recommend acupuncture for several specific conditions, including:
- Headaches and migraines
- Anxiety, depression, and stress-related illnesses
- Hormone imbalances
- Morning sickness
- Smoking cessation
- Tourette syndrome
- Chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune conditions
- Stroke recovery
- Dental pain
Acupuncture is often part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes conventional medical interventions like prescription medication or hormone therapy.
Do acupuncture treatments hurt?
Although it involves needles, acupuncture doesn’t usually hurt. It’s normal to feel slight numbing or tingling at the insertion points, but the needles are so thin, they don’t cause bruising or bleeding.
During your session, you sit quietly for a designated period of time to adequately stimulate energy centers, so it's quite restorative and relaxing.
The needles are sterile and disposable, so there are no concerns about infection. You also don’t need to schedule downtime following acupuncture therapy. You go back to your daily activities after your session.
How many acupuncture sessions do I need?
Your provider develops a customized treatment plan for you, depending on your complaints, their severity, and how you respond to therapy. While you may see benefits after just one session, usually, Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, recommends a series of sessions to create a healing momentum that optimizes your health and reduces unpleasant symptoms.
If you’re ready to try acupuncture, call Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.