Acupuncture for Aches and Pains

| Cici Madawala

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that originated years ago. Acupuncture restores the flow of qi, balance the body’s energy, stimulates healing, and promotes relaxation. It involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. 1

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain since it’s thought to boost the body’s natural painkillers. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a number of studies suggest that acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain. 1

Uses of Acupuncture:2

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain (such as headaches, back pain, neck pain)
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Sciatica
  • Sinus congestion
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Tinnitus
  • Weight loss

What to expect during the acupuncture session:3

The practitioner will ask you questions about your health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will ask questions regarding your daily lifestyle, medications you’re taking, including herbal supplements, and any symptoms you may have.  Your acupuncturist will then create a custom session to address your pain and aches.

The practitioner will insert needles into acupuncture points on your skin. Your Acupuncturist will insert needles into the most appropriate acupuncture points for your condition. Acupuncturists use very thin, solid, stainless steel needles, and most people feel slight or no pain as needles are inserted.  Once the needles are in place, there is no pain.

The effects of acupuncture can feel different from person to person — you may feel relaxed, or you may feel energized. Most people feel slightly disoriented after their first session, but this is usually brief. After treatment, avoid activities that require you to be extra alert, such as driving, mowing the lawn, or cooking

Acupuncture can benefit you in many ways. Our acupuncturists are equipped to help you with your chronic pain!  Contact us today to schedule an evaluation. Visit our website to learn more!

Cici Madawala, B.S.
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Cici Madawala graduated from St Cloud State ͐University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and minors in Geography and German

She is passionate about helping people and strives to help individuals get back on healthy routines and do the things they love. In her leisure time, she loves to travel, and explore other cultures and cuisines

1American Academy of Acupuncture, Accessed 8 November 2018.

2Acupuncture and Arthritis, Arthritis Foundation, Accessed 8 November 2018.

3What to Expect During Your Acupuncture Treatment, Dr. Derek Kirkham, Accessed 8 November 2018.


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