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Acupuncture Procedure and Side Effects
Acupuncture is performed with a sterile, hair-thin, flexible metal needle on carefully selected acupressure points. Patients will feel a brief pricking sensation which is sometimes followed by numbness, heat, aching, or tingling. Needles are usually left for 20 – 40 minutes and may be rotated by the acupuncturist to increase efficacy. Side effects of acupuncture are usually minor and brief, but can include light-headedness, slight bleeding, or mild bruising where needles were inserted.
According to the National Institute of Health, the data supporting acupuncture is as strong as that behind many accepted Western medical remedies. Additionally, the risk of side effects is usually far lower than drugs and medical procedures used to treat the same conditions. Although it is commonly seen as a technique for pain management and relaxation, it is also effective on a wide variety of additional symptoms including but not limited to:
Acupuncture for Weight Loss
Multiple studies have shown acupuncture may be an effective way to lose weight. In one study from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, patients receiving acupuncture for weight loss in five points lost an average of 6.1% of body weight in four weeks, and patients who received acupuncture in one point saw an average weight reduction of 5.7%.
Acupuncture for Back Pain
- A 2012 study showed that patients receiving acupuncture for back pain had more positive results than patients who received no acupuncture and than patients who received an acupuncture placebo
- A 2010 study found that acupuncture relieved low back pain immediately after treatment, but not always for a long time
- The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians both recommend acupuncture for back pain as a non-drug solution that physicians should consider for patients with chronic low back pain