Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of stainless steel acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and can be an alternative to medications or even surgery.

Acupuncture needles are solid, usually stainless steel (they may also be gold or silver), and measure from 13-70 mm.  The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.

The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and Dr. Kim may manipulate the needles - lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques he may use.

Does Acupuncture treatment hurt?

No, it does not hurt. There may be a slight "pricking" sensation when the needle is inserted. You may experience a dull ache, tingling, numbness or heaviness while the needles remains inserted or stimulated.

Are the needles sterilized?

Dr. Kim always uses new, sterilized needles when treating patients. The needles are single use only - they are disposed of immediately after being removed from the patient.