What Do Acupuncture Needles Feel Like?
Most new patients feel nervous at first, but are soon relieved when needles are gently placed in specific body parts. There may be no feeling on insertion, or one feels a mild sensation followed by tingling and slight numbness or a warm sensation emanating out from the needle.
What is the Function of Acupuncture? How and Why it Works.
The stimulation of Acupuncture needles to specific body points causes the brain to produce endorphins and serotonins. When the needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points the underlying nerve endings are stimulated which then feeds back to the brain, elevating the neurochemicals in the brain, producing an overall state of relaxation or chaaa. The body will also release antibodies, hormones and digestive enzymes. These chemicals within the body quickly move to relieve pain, regulate the glandular system, boost the immune system and fight infection. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles inject no chemicals. In contrast to the injection of foreign agents into the body, acupuncture needles train the body, over time, to utilize its own chemical and hormonal resources for healing and regeneration.
Circulation can be compared to two bodies of water. The body is approximately 80 percent water. Figuratively speaking, circulation is the difference between pure water cascading down a mountain, compared to a stagnant puddle of water.
When needles are inserted into tight muscles or stagnant energy, the body responds to the needles as a foreign entity, and attempts to push the needle out by increasing the circulation of blood, lymph, nerve stimulation and micro-electric circuits or Chi. In this way, acupuncture "tricks" the body into renewing circulation to these constricted areas, thereby reopening the vital flow.
Doctors of Oriental medicine have understood for some 3,000 years that needling certain parts of the body relieves pain and treats disease, not only at the site that is being pressed, but in seemingly unrelated areas as well. How does it work? For centuries, doctors have carefully mapped acupuncture points and the corresponding areas they affect, developing theories about what causes pain and disease, and how to treat it.
A central concept involves the flow of Chi, or life energy, through the body. Ancient healers of Oriental medicine saw that when they made maps of the body and plotted the location of the points they had needled to relieve pain, more than 365 principal points appeared to lie along 14 major pathways, or meridians. They theorized that a smooth flow of life energy along those pathways was the key to health, and that blockages to that flow caused pain and disease. By needling and stimulating, these points direct energy along the meridians. The newly infused energy can then enter into specific underlying tissues and related organs. Ailing or stagnant organs thus receive the stimulation and support they need to revitalize their functionality.
Acupuncture has survived the test of time over a 3,000 year period. It has served the health needs of millions of people in Asia and around the world. Only in the last 40 years has it been introduced to the United States. In this short period, it has gained acceptance and is used in western hospitals all over the country.
Acupuncture needles come vacuum-packed, are used only one time and owing to their fineness, cause only moderate sensations on insertion.