The ancient practice of acupuncture can be a complementary addition to a healthy lifestyle. There are numerous studies which highlight the benefits of acupuncture as both a method of illness, disease or injury treatment (in collaboration with other treatments) as well as for preventative care and overall well-being. Residents in Salt Lake City have access to some of the best eastern medicine in the state at Master Lu’s Health Center, which can include routine acupuncture sessions.
For those who are new to the practice, you might just know it involves needles and nothing more. However, this 2,500 year old practice is founded on the idea that the body’s energy flow—or Qi—must be properly managed in order to optimize your health. If the Qi is disrupted, that can cause diseases and ailments. Basically, acupuncture in theory can fix bodily imbalances by manipulating points which are near the skin’s surface.
Acupuncture isn’t a quick fix and it will often take multiple sessions to experience the full benefits. However, many enthusiasts prefer regular “check ins” with their acupuncturist as a means of preventative care. It’s similar to seeing a chiropractor regularly (not just after an accident) or a massage therapist on an ongoing basis (not just when you have a pulled muscle).
Acupuncture itself is an umbrella term for many procedures that stimulate parts of the body in or on the skin. Needles are just one (and the most popular) method for stimulation. While acupuncture stems from China, there are also acupuncture methods developed in Japan, Korea and other countries, too, all of which bring a unique approach to the practice.
What to Expect
Needles can be stimulated either manually or electrically. The needles used have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are regulated by the agency. Acupuncture needles are required to fall under similar use and guidelines as medical devices, like scalpels, to ensure flawless manufacturing, sterilization and safety. Each needle is only used once. It’s completely pain-free to undergo an acupuncture session, so don’t let the thought of “needles” put you off. During an initial consultation, your doctor will go over the procedure and suggest a recommended series of sessions.
Is acupuncture for you? There’s only one way to find out. Just like any other type of treatment or medicine, the only ones that “work” are the ones that work for you.
Most acupuncture appointments don’t last more than one hour, with the actual “acupuncture” lasting around 30 minutes. Once needles are in place, patients are left to relax in a comfortable room. The doctor is always close by, but this is your time to relax and rejuvenate. It’s your body’s opportunity to heal and correct imbalances, so take advantage of it. Much like a spa session, relaxing can be the toughest part of acupuncture—but you’ll get better at it with practice.
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