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When performed by a qualified professional, acupuncture is one of the safest medical procedures in the world. A licensed and certified practitioner is one who has completed a three to four year program at a nationally-approved school, passed national certification exams, and actively seeks continuing education. In the hands of a trained and licensed acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposed of after each treatment.
Acupuncture rarely causes any pain. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. A patient may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. The most common side effect of acupuncture is a sense of calm and well-being.
Acupuncture was first developed in China over 2,500 years ago. It is believed that the first detailed written description of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment appears in a document known as Huangdi Neijing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine), which is dated at about 100 BCE.
After becoming established practice in China, acupuncture soon spread to neighboring countries. It’s thought that acupuncture first traveled to nearby Korea before crossing over to Vietnam and Japan as well. It finally reached Europe in the second half of the 17th century. The word ‘acupuncture’ first appeared in the Dutch text De Acupunctura, which introduced this form of medical treatment to a Western audience.
Acupuncture has become far more popular in the West in the past few decades, and has since been incorporated as an approved method of treatment at some leading academic medical centers and hospitals here in the United States.