Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that uses sterile needles inserted at certain points on the body for relief or prevention of pain and various other health conditions. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world, being practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years.
Every year millions of Americans use acupuncture as a complementary or alternative treatment for pain. Some of the most common conditions treated are back pain, joint pain, neck pain and headache. Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles. Side effects and risks of acupuncture are rare but most commonly include local pain from needling, slight bleeding or bruising.
People experience acupuncture differently, most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized, others feel relaxed. The needles are often left in place for 15-25 minutes. Treatment by acupuncture for some conditions may take place over a period of several weeks or more.
If you are interested in experiencing acupuncture right here at NMU, call 906-227-2355 today and make an appointment with one of our medical providers to see if acupuncture is right for you!