Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture in Mayo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

  • Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • It uses tiny needles that are inserted into pre-determined points in the body.
  • This is done to promote the movement of a vital energy force called qi.
  • It is believed that once qi is moving smoothly around the body then life is flowing smoothly.
  • The selected points that are needled provoke the body in healing itself.
  • Each person who decides to get an acupuncture treatment goes through a history taking and this looks at the person individually and how their condition effects them specifically.
  • The treatment plan and specific points are selected following this individualised process.
  • Acupuncture treatments can include Chinese herbs, cupping, Moxa, seeds and studs.
  • Acupuncture treats the whole person not just the symptoms and it gets to the root cause.

Does it hurt?

No. The needles are as thin as a human hair and are inserted in a pain free manner. There are sensations felt called deqi that has been compared to a feeling of release and is a very positive part of the treatment.

What does it treat?

World health organisation (WHO) have endorsed it as an effective treatment for a huge list of conditions. It treats everything.

Who is it suitable for?

Everyone. Adults are kept informed of why which needles are selected. Children and vulnerable adults are treated with more understanding from a therapist experienced in working with vulnerable groups. This way anxiety is kept under control. It is understood that acupuncture may not be desirable for everyone and the therapist communicates and observes each clients responses throughout the treatments.