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March 18, 2023 Mike Brice Comments Off

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including personal injuries, by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to promote healing, relieve pain, and improve overall health. It is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), which is believed to be the vital energy that flows through the body. Acupuncture is thought to help balance the flow of Qi, leading to improved well-being and health.

The specific acupuncture points chosen and the technique used depend on the type and location of the injury. Acupuncture is typically administered by trained and licensed acupuncturists who have expertise in diagnosing and treating various conditions.

It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider and a qualified acupuncturist to determine if acupuncture is appropriate for your personal injury and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained practitioner, and the needles used are single-use and sterile to minimize any risk of infection.

The benefits of Acupuncture:

Pain Relief: Acupuncture is commonly used to relieve pain associated with personal injuries, such as strains, sprains, and musculoskeletal pain. The insertion of acupuncture needles can trigger the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. This can lead to significant pain reduction.

Reducing Inflammation: Acupuncture may help reduce inflammation in injured tissues. By promoting better blood circulation and lymphatic flow, it can facilitate the removal of waste products and decrease swelling.

Muscle Relaxation: Acupuncture can relax tense muscles and relieve muscle spasms, which are common in personal injuries. This muscle relaxation can improve comfort and restore mobility.

Enhancing Healing: Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. It can promote tissue repair, encourage cell regeneration, and speed up the recovery process.

Improving Range of Motion: By reducing pain, inflammation, and muscle tension, acupuncture can enhance joint flexibility and increase the range of motion in the injured area.

Stress Reduction: Personal injuries can be stressful, both physically and mentally. Acupuncture can have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

Complementary Therapy: Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities, such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, to provide a holistic approach to injury recovery.

Acupuncture Administration:

Acupuncture is administered by inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body known as acupuncture points or acupoints. The process is performed by trained and licensed acupuncturists who have expertise in diagnosing and treating various conditions. 

Acupuncture sessions are typically gentle and relaxing, and many people find them to be a calming experience. The number and frequency of acupuncture sessions needed to address a specific condition can vary widely and depend on factors such as the type of injury or health concern being treated. It’s common to receive a series of acupuncture treatments to achieve the desired therapeutic effects.

Acupuncture Administration Process:

Consultation and Assessment: Before starting an acupuncture session, the acupuncturist will conduct a thorough consultation and assessment. They will discuss your medical history, current health concerns, and the specific condition you are seeking treatment for. The acupuncturist will also examine your pulse, tongue, and other diagnostic factors to determine the most appropriate acupuncture points and treatment plan.

Needle Insertion: Once the assessment is complete, the acupuncturist will select the relevant acupuncture points based on the condition being treated. Acupuncture points are located along meridians or pathways on the body. The acupuncturist will clean the selected points with alcohol swabs and then gently insert thin, sterile needles into the skin.

Needle Manipulation: After needle insertion, the acupuncturist may use various needle manipulation techniques to stimulate the acupuncture points. These techniques can include twirling, rotating, or gently flicking the needles. The goal is to create a sensation known as “De Qi,” which may involve a slight tingling or dull ache at the needle site.

Needle Retention: The needles are typically left in place for about 20 to 30 minutes while you relax in a comfortable position. During this time, you may rest quietly, meditate, or even fall asleep. Some acupuncturists may apply heat or mild electrical stimulation to the needles to enhance their effects.

Needle Removal: After the designated time, the acupuncturist will carefully remove the needles. The process is usually painless, and any minor discomfort you may have experienced during needle insertion should subside quickly.

Post-Treatment Discussion: Following the session, the acupuncturist will discuss your experience and may provide recommendations for additional treatments or self-care practices.

“Acupuncture: Where ancient wisdom meets modern healing, one well-placed needle at a time.” – Unknown

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” – Paracelsus

The above quote suggests that remedies that stimulate natural healing, where possible, should be the first approach.


Paracelsus (1493-1541) a Swiss, was born as Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim. He was a was a Swiss physician, alchemist, astrologer, and philosopher. He was most known for contributions in Toxicology, Alchemical, Holistic, Herbal, and Medicine reform through a more empirical and experimental approach, which was unorthodox at the time.
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