Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.
The Mayo Clinic reports that Western practitioners use the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. The big idea is that the stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a host of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Dental pain
- Headaches, including tension and migraine headaches
- Labor pain
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Menstrual cramps
In a session, Dr. Craig Thompson will talk with you about what you’re feeling or experiencing. Then, he’ll ask your body what it’s experiencing by taking your radial pulse and perhaps palpating your abdomen. Next, based upon what you and your body has shared with him, Craig will insert between five and 15 needles on various parts of your body. These needles are extremely fine — about as as the filament you might see in a mini light or fairy light. Once in place, the needles will stay in place for up to 45 minutes while you lean back and let your body do its work. During this time, patients have been known to experience tingling, warmth, coolness, buzzing or nothing at the insertion sites.
Be sure to let Dr. Thompson know if you have a bleeding disorder, are on blood thinners, have a pacemaker, or are pregnant.