Acupuncture as practiced in the state of California involves the insertion of sterile, single-use disposable filiform needles into the body at various points eliciting a therapeutic effect. It has been shown to be relatively safe with little to no side-effects for most people.
Acupuncture is one branch of Oriental Medicine. It is a healing modality that has been in existence for thousands of years. Acute symptoms are treated as well as chronic conditions. Many health problems can be addressed because it brings the body back to homeostasis. Acupuncture addresses areas in the body that have an imbalance. This may cause pain, hormonal disturbances, digestive and respiratory problems, among many other health concerns. Once the correct diagnosis has been established, treatments will aim at helping the body to heal itself. As circulation improves, important signals that have become under or over used in the body will be balanced out, ailments will improve, and the body becomes stronger in the process.
Treatment sessions focus on you as a whole person. Course of treatment depends on many factors. These include, but are not limited to, whether the condition is acute or chronic, the severity and nature of the condition, your age and general health. Sometimes one to three treatments are needed per week until the condition is stabilized, and then treatments often vary from once a week to once a month, depending on individual considerations.