What is acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the therapeutic branches of Chinese Medicine practised in the East for thousands of years. It first developed during the Chou dynasty (1030 BC to 221 BC) and has been evolving since then to become the systematic, modern form called Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM came into being in the 1950’s under reforms of Chairman Mao who sought to unite Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine.
Does acupuncture hurt?
We hardly notice when a mosquito starts “working” on us. This is because mosquitoes have a very thin sucking tube. An acupuncture needle is very thin and it hardly hurts when the needle is inserted into our acupoints. It takes ten to fifteen acupuncture needles to fit into one conventional hypodermic needle. In addition, an experienced TCM doctor or an acupuncturist can attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles into the skin with minimum discomfort to patients.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture needles used in the UK are all sterile and disposable. They come in sterile packets, are used once, and then disposed of. Acupuncture treatment is drug-free, you avoid side effects or dependency. However, you should always give information about all pre-existing conditions, the names of all medications you are taking, whether you are, or could be pregnant, and if you have a cardiac pacemaker or cosmetic implants. Your TCM doctor or acupuncturist will then be able to evaluate your specific situation to ensure the best result.
Now it has been more then a year after I had my treatment, I haven't feel any pain since then. I even worked as a professional dancer.