Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training acupuncturists receive based on over 3,000 years of experience in China. Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body's immune and organ systems.
Acupuncture is helpful for:
Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body's own "feel-good" pain-relieving chemicals. It may be that one way acupuncture weight loss treatments help control appetite is by releasing endorphins.
Needles are inserted to a depth of 4-25 mm and left in place for a period of time (from a few seconds to many minutes).
There are often 6-12 needles (and sometimes more) inserted at different acupoints at the same time.
The sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache at the entry point. Many people say they feel very relaxed or sleepy, and some report increased energy levels afterwards.