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No. Most of the time, the main needle-insertion points are on the lower legs, or arms, so wearing loose-fitting clothing is fine. Sometimes you will be asked to put on a gown if work on your back, upper legs or torso is needed.
Sterile, single use, stainless steel needles are used. They are normally as thin as a human hair. Depth of insertion can be anywhere from a quarter of an inch to 3 inches.
You may experience a slight sharp sensation during insertion depending where the needles are placed. Once the needle is in place, it’s normal to initially feel a tingling sensation, numbness, mild pressure or warmth. If these sensations became too strong or are uncomfortable, alert the doctor and she will adjust the needles.
The first treatment starts with a complete physical exam. After making a diagnosis, the practitioner will begin the acupuncture session by asking you to lie down and insert needles into key points. You’ll be allowed to rest with the needles in place, typically for 20 to 60 minutes.
The quality of energy or life force in the body, what acupuncturists call qi, circulates along energy pathways called meridians, many of which are linked to specific organs. Disease results when the qi becomes blocked and can’t circulate freely. In order to rebalance the energy flow and restore health, acupuncturists insert needles into key points on the body.
Benefits vary depending on the condition. In general, you should notice at least small changes in your condition within six to ten treatments..
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