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Types of treatment

What can acupuncture do?

What happens during the treatment?

What side effects?

What are the precautions?

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  Introduction to Acupuncture 
  What is Acupuncture?     

Acupuncture is one of the therapeutic methods in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with a history of several thousand years. It is an ancient treatment developed under the guidance of TCM theory. The idea of Ħ°qiĦħ (pronounced Ħ°cheeĦħ), or vital energy, circulates the body through the pairs of channels, meridians and acupoints, just likens water flowing in the river, to communicate with all tissues and organs and carry nourishment for the entire body. And the balanced flow of qi is the vital life force for the whole system within the body to maintain healthy, any blockages, deficiencies or excesses will breach the balance and result in disharmony and pain. In TCM, the aim of acupuncture is considered to stimulate selected acupoints along the channels with certain manipulating methods of acupuncture needles to remove any imbalances or obstructions within the body, and eventually to encourage the qi to flow smoothly for the prevention of disorders and restore health.

  Types of Treatment    
Acupuncture treatment includes acupunctue needling, moxibustion, cupping, tuina, electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture and acupressure. Although other methods, such as infrared heating, Gua sha, laser acupuncture etc, are also used in acupuncture treatment, but these are the mainly used acupuncture therapeutic methods. All acupuncture therapeutic methods can be applied separately or combined together within each treatment, depending on the condition being concerned.
  What can acupuncture do ?    
Acupuncture is best known in China for its high effectiveness in managing pain, from speeding the healing time of injuries to reducing pain and increasing mobility for people with chronic pain conditions such as arthritis...
  What happens during the treatment?    

Relatively, the insertion of acupuncture needles is a painless procedure, but occasionally, you may experience a small pin prick. At Gleamy Acupuncture Centre, we use very fine, disposable, single-use needles of between 0.20mm and 0.45mm in diameter, and the appropriate angle and depth inserted are selected according to the location of the acupoints which are especially important in the process of needle insertion. Correct angle and depth are helpful in producing desired therapeutic effects and preventing needling accidents.

Once the needles are in the selected acupoints along particular meridians, the acupuncturist will then apply appropriate needle manipulations to stimulate qi and induce the arrival of qi (called Ħ°De qiĦħ), which refers to the sensation of tingling, electric-like weak shock, numbness, heaviness, distension around the acupoints or travelling up and down the affected meridians, at the same time the acupuncturist may feel heaviness and tension beneath the needle.

The arrival of qi is directly related to the therapeutic effect. In general, obvious and quick arrival of qi suggests good therapeutic effects, while unclear and slow arrival of qi shows poor therapeutic effects.

After the qi sensation is felt, the acupuncturist will leave the patient lying on a comfortable and natural posture which is for prolonged retention of the needle and prevention of bending and breaking the needle as well as fainting during acupuncture.


Commonly, each treatment session lasts between 45minutes and 60minutes, and the number of needles used will depend on the condition and its severity, likewise determine the total number of treatment sessions required.

Moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, cupping and other therapeutic methods may apply to the needles after insertion to further stimulate the acupoints for better effects.


  What side effects does it have?  


Acupuncture is relatively safe and rarely with adverse side effects when administered by a qualified and skilled acupuncturist. Occasionally, for a few patients, tiredness or drowsiness may occur after treatment or existing symptoms flare up, which however is usually a good sign, as qi clears and resettles itself.

Minor bleeding at a needle site is rare but may occur when the needle is withdrawn. Bruising at needle site is uncommon but may happen, especially after applying cupping therapy, however, it will be absorbed by the body and disappear in a few days. Other unusual accidents, such as puncturing internal organs (e.g. the lung, pneumothorax) have been recorded.

  What are the precautions on the day of treatment?    
  To assure a safe and relaxing experience with acupuncture treatment, certain precautions should be aware of in order to reduce the risk of side effects.

On the day of acupuncture treatment, it is best to have a light meal one hour prior to the treatment. Being overeats or over-hungry will increase the risk of nausea or fainting.

Avoiding alcohol, heavy physical work or strenuous exercises. Physical strain immediately before or after acupuncture can weaken your body.

Wearing loose, warm and comfortable clothing that will be easily rolled up to elbows or knees. Most commonly used acupoints are located at limbs.



Avoiding overload of food

Do not take any addictive drugs



It is very important to advise the practitioner if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker, hepatitis, AIDS or any other infectious conditions.





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