Acupuncture and Cupping Therapy by Philip Wu (Registered Acupuncturist)
Updated: Aug 11
Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in which sterile, disposable, and hair-thin needles are inserted at certain points on the body.
These Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
The effectiveness of acupuncture has been extensively researched by scientists all over the world. Many early studies concluded that acupuncture can treat a great number of health conditions, most notably those associated with pain. As more and more research is being conducted and clinical results accumulate, scientist and practitioners are finding that acupuncture can also treat a large number of health conditions including:
● Digestive problems
● Skin conditions
● Sweating conditions
● Stroke recovery
● Headaches and Vertigo
● Musculoskeletal disorders
● Reproductive health conditions
How does your body feel after acupuncture?
Body parts where acupuncture needles are inserted can feel sore. Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates very soon after removal. Although less common than soreness, bruising can occur at the needling site. These bruises usually don't hurt and last a few days after the treatment.
How long are acupuncture needles left in?
The needles are usually left in place for between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the conditions being treated. In the meantime, the acupuncturist may apply needle manipulation to tonify or sedate the energy flow (qi) so that the body is in balance for self-healing. The removal of the needles usually causes no discomfort and only rarely is there any very minor bleeding from an insertion point.
What can I expect at my first acupuncture?
With various needling techniques and effective communication with patients, the first time acupuncture clients describe the treatment as being pleasurable and relaxing. Most people fall asleep during treatment. Others feel as if they have a tingling and warm sensation.
What to do after acupuncture?
Your body can easily become dehydrated after an acupuncture treatment so you need to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is a therapeutic modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine commonly used together with acupuncture. An acupuncturist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Pegasus Integration Health Clinic offers Acupuncture and Cupping Therapy in Richmond for a wide range of conditions.