Does It Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are the size of a human hair or thread and are flexible. With a skilled acupuncturist these thin needles produce little to no sensation at all.
First time patients are usually amazed at how pain-less the procedure is and how comfortable they are during their treatments.
Is It Safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding very few negative side effects. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
How Does It Work?
Acupuncture works by inserting hair-thin needles into 'acupuncture points' or areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.
The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins which are the body's natural pain and stress neutralizers. The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain.