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Is acupuncture painful?

A common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. You are, after all, getting stuck with needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people forgo acupuncture. A feeling of sharpness from an acupuncture needle occasionally happens; it’s nothing to worry about. However, acupuncture should be a comfortable experience. Most acupuncturists want their patients to speak up about any discomfort during the treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe for Kids?

We are often asked ‘is acupuncture safe for kids?’ The answer is a resounding – yes! Chinese medicine is wonderful for all ages and stages of life, from newborns to the elderly. We may use acupuncture on children as young as one-year-old, however, the technique is much different than it is when used in adults. The needles used are much smaller and we do not retain the needles for very long, if at all. Sometimes babies and toddlers receive acupuncture while nursing or having a bottle. Often times parents will bring snacks or a book to occupy the child. For adolescents and young adults, the needles may be retained for 5, 10, or 15 minutes.

Can Acupuncture Be Used to Treat Infertility?

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility. An individual could benefit from acupuncture because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.

How long will the treatment last?

Generally, your first visit is longer than your followup visits or at the very least it entails quite a bit of questioning. Some practitioners will not treat at all on the first visit, while others have very succinct questions and begin treating once they have made a diagnosis. After the needles are inserted you are usually left to rest for a period of 10 – 45 minutes. Within some styles, the needles are inserted quickly and removed immediately and in others, they are left in for a longer period of time. Most people feel fairly relaxed during this period and many simply fall asleep.

How Sports Acupuncture Works for Athletes?

Athletes all over the world are turning to sports acupuncture to help them avoid getting hurt and to promote recovery when an injury is sustained. Sports acupuncture is used to speed healing, relieve pain, and increase muscle strength and stamina. Sports acupuncturists aim to bring the body back to balance by understanding the compensation patterns presenting with each sports-specific movement and injury. This allows them to help with injury prevention, optimal performance, and faster recovery.

Do you suffer from dizziness after acupuncture?

It’s common to experience lightheadedness and dizziness after a comprehensive treatment, but you can also have these symptoms after more limited ones that focus on points in the ears or scalp. It usually isn’t an unpleasant sensation, although it can be disorienting. It’s a result of renewed energy flow through previously blocked meridians and rarely lasts longer than an hour. Dizziness after acupuncture could be a cause for concern if accompanied by more than mild nausea. If you feel sick to your stomach or have severe vertigo, it is more likely due to pre-existing conditions than it is to the acupuncture treatment.

 

Does acupuncture affect stress relief?

electroacupuncture—in which a mild electric current is transmitted through the needles—was just as effective as fluoxetine (the generic name of Prozac) in reducing symptoms of depression. For six weeks, patients underwent either electroacupuncture five times weekly or a standard daily dose of fluoxetine. But the acupuncture began to work faster, reducing symptoms more dramatically at weeks two and four than the drug did.

Does acupuncture have side effects?

The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner. Possible side effects and complications include:

  • After acupuncture, you might have soreness, minor bleeding or bruising at the needle sites. Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours. However, big trigger point releases can cause residual soreness that lasts a few days. Most acupuncturists will warn you about this before you leave your appointment.
  • Organ injury. If the needles are pushed in too deeply, they could puncture an internal organ — particularly a lung. This is an extremely rare complication in the hands of an experienced practitioner.
  • Licensed acupuncturists are required to use sterile, disposable needles. A reused needle could expose you to diseases, such as hepatitis.
  • Feeling fatigued after acupuncture is not cause for concern, but it is a warning sign that you need to rest.

Is acupuncture effective in treating sciatic nerve pain?

A total of 12 studies (involving 1842 participants) were included. Results showed that acupuncture was more effective than conventional Western medicine (CWM) in outcomes effectiveness, pain intensity, and pain threshold. As a result, we found that the use of acupuncture may be more effective than drugs and may enhance the effect of drugs for patients with sciatica. acupuncture may more effectively relieve leg pain/lumbago and improve global assessment of sciatica when compared with NSAID (ibuprofen, meloxicam, and diclofenac) treatment.

Does acupuncture help to eliminate anxiety?

In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA, neuropeptide Y and ACTH; hence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative affective states. Reversing pathological changes in levels of inflammatory cytokines that are associated with stress reactions.

How does Acne acupuncture treatment work?

Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate the nervous system and release neurochemical messenger modules. These result in biochemical processes that, in general, positively influence the body’s homeostatic mechanism and bring about complete mental and physical wellness. When certain pressure points on the body are stimulated, specific areas of brain associated with reduction in pain and stress are stimulated for overall health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture acne points are specific from person to person and depend on the factors that are causing the acne. For example, some acne may arise from hormonal issues; still others might come from excess stress or bad diet. Hence the acne acupuncture treatment points also differ.

Which types of skin concerns may be addressed by Acupuncture?

Cosmetic embedding Acupuncture is can be helpful in the treatment of acne, rosacea, sun damage, dehydration and other skin concerns when combined with topical skin care and other treatments at our clinic.

How is Acupuncture therapy used for chronic pain relief

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific “acupoints." This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood. Endorphins is the pleasure-inducing, painkilling chemicals that saturate the brain and numb pain signals. Acupuncture patients say their chronic pain episodes become less frequent and less intense over time, with regular, long-term sessions. Acupuncture seems to provide modest benefits over usual care for patients with diverse sources of chronic pain.

How safe are catgut embedding lift procedures?

Thread lift procedures are very safe when performed by a suitably trained and qualified medical aesthetics practitioner and with knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the area, to be treated and the correct technique. Polydioxanone threads have a proven safety record in suturing procedures.

How long will a catgut embedding Lift last?

It is reasonable to expect improvement for 2 years. Further threads can be placed later to reproduce the improvement.

Do you suffer from dizziness after acupuncture?

It’s common to experience lightheadedness and dizziness after a comprehensive treatment, but you can also have these symptoms after more limited ones that focus on points in the ears or scalp. It usually isn’t an unpleasant sensation, although it can be disorienting. It’s a result of renewed energy flow through previously blocked meridians and rarely lasts longer than an hour. Dizziness after acupuncture could be a cause for concern if accompanied by more than mild nausea. If you feel sick to your stomach or have severe vertigo, it is more likely due to pre-existing conditions than it is to the acupuncture treatment.

 

How long does catgut embedding take?

Insertion of the threads takes up to an hour to complete.

What should I expect after catgut embedding?

As with any cosmetic treatment, there might be some temporary swelling, redness or bruising. This usually passes within a couple of days. Results take around 4-6 weeks to fully develop. We will arrange a review 2 weeks after treatment to check on the progress, a further review after a month and a final appointment after 3 months, where before and after photographs will be compared and a top-up treatment provided if necessary.

Any special after catgut embedding-care requirements?

We recommend:

  1. avoid other facial/beauty treatments for 2 weeks
  2. avoid dental work for a month
  3. avoid exercise for 2 weeks and contact sports for the first 4 weeks

Does catgut embedding hurt?

It is surprisingly comfortable – patients describe a stinging sensation, similar to acupuncture. If required, the procedure can be carried out using a local anesthetic. Painkillers may also be used.

Is catgut embedding just for the face?

PDO threads can be applied on the body too and can help with a number of areas:

  1. Lifting and rejuvenating loose abdominal skin (tummy).
  2. Lifting of breast tissue.
  3. Regenerating the decolletage.
  4. Lifting buttocks.
  5. Shoulders, forearm, elbows, calves or knees.
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