Modern acupuncture needles are stainless steel,
and are between one-half and three inches long,
ultra-fine, and quite flexible.
They are pre-sterilized, non-toxic, and disposable
(single-use). When the needles are tapped into the skin,
there may not be any sensation. Much depends on the
location (hands and feet tend to be more sensitive),
the condition being treated, and the acupuncturist’s
technique. Needles are typically placed in several
acu-points and are usually left in about 20 to 40 minutes.
The goal is to normalize the circulation of Qi and blood
by stimulating the energy point, which encourages the
body’s natural healing process. Stimulation can be done
by rotating the needles manually or attaching electrodes
to send a weak electric current through the needles
The number of treatments needed depends upon the
duration, severity, and nature of your health condition.
Two or three treatments may be sufficient for an acute
condition, while a series of ive to 15 treatments may
be needed to resolve chronic conditions. Some
degenerative conditions may require ongoing treatments
over a long period of time.
Patients should evaluate their progress after each
session. Some relief should be apparent in two or three
sessions, or six to eight sessions for more pervasive
conditions. If you see encouraging signs, stick with it.
If your response to treatment is not satisfactory,
the practitioner may consider further diagnostic exams,
modify the treatment plan, or refer to an appropriate practitioner,