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Needling acupuncture points speeds up healing by sending a message along the course of the acupuncture meridian to the area that is distressed. For instance, needling the eye point in the small toe, as described in the article, “Needles and Nerves” from Discovery Magazine, sends a series of chemical messages along the Bladder Meridian, which ends in the eye, telling it to “reset to normal.” It may take a few calls, but eventually the eye gets the message and if it doesn’t there are other points that can help with all kinds of problems. Acupuncture can also help “rewire” your body so that you are not aware of inborn issues such as extra lengths of large intestine, and other abnormalities that are often asymptomatic when we are younger, but make themselves heard as we age.
In the Japanese method which we practice, the needles are thinner, the insertions very shallow (i.e. no more than 3 millimeters) and more moxa is used. Moxa, the herb Artemisia Vulgaris, is used to warm the body in a variety of ways.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, smooth and solid, unlike the needles used to give injections or draw blood. They are inserted very quickly through the surface of the skin so that you either feel a slight pinprick or nothing at all.
The needles Milton Acupuncture uses are all pre-sterilized with ethylene oxide gas, used once and then thrown away. In addition, acupuncture needles are typically only inserted into the skin – and only occasionally into muscles and connective tissue. They are not inserted into nerves, blood vessels or bones.
How many treatments will I need and how much time will they take?
The number of treatments you will need depends on your age, overall health, the nature and duration of your condition. We recommend that you come for acupuncture at least 4 to 6 times at intervals of once a week. Within those 4 to 6 visits, it will become clear how well acupuncture is working for you, and we will make recommendations for further treatment or refer you to another type of practitioner if specific follow-on treatment would be beneficial.