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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy, or “qi,” and promote healing.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, including the release of endorphins (natural painkillers) and the activation of the body’s immune system. It is believed to work by balancing the body’s energy, or qi.

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches and migraines, anxiety and depression, infertility, and digestive disorders.

Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial acupuncture, is a non-surgical, holistic approach to facial rejuvenation. It involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the face to stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.

The number of treatments required for cosmetic acupuncture varies depending on the individual and the severity of their skin concerns. Typically, a series of 10-12 weekly treatments is recommended, followed by maintenance treatments every 4-6 weeks.

Dry needling is a modern Western technique that involves inserting needles into specific points in the muscles to release tension and relieve pain. It is based on the principles of Western anatomy and physiology, rather than traditional Chinese medicine.

Dry needling and acupuncture use similar techniques (inserting needles into the skin), but they have different underlying philosophies and approaches. Acupuncture is based on the concept of qi and meridians, while dry needling focuses on trigger points and the musculoskeletal system.

Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed and qualified practitioner. The needles used are very thin and sterile, and there is a low risk of serious side effects.

Acupuncture is typically painless, although you may feel a slight sensation when the needles are inserted. Some people report feeling a dull ache or tingling sensation during treatment, but this is usually not painful.

The timing of pain relief from acupuncture can vary depending on a number of factors, including the severity of the condition being treated, the frequency and duration of treatments, and the individual’s overall health and responsiveness to acupuncture. Some people may experience immediate relief from pain during or immediately after an acupuncture treatment, while others may not feel the full effects of treatment until several hours or even days later. It’s important to communicate with your acupuncturist about your pain levels and any changes you experience after treatment to help determine the best course of treatment for you. Additionally, it’s often recommended to undergo a series of acupuncture treatments to achieve optimal results, rather than relying on a single session for complete pain relief.