acup - and acupuncturists are trained to make this as...

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Procedure Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used alternative medicines in the United States. Acupuncture is the stimulation of the anatomical points of the body through various techniques. It is also a key component in the system of traditional Chinese medicine. Modern acupuncture involves the usage of needles. It may sound painful, but it truly is not as bad as it sounds. During our interview, Mario received acupuncture as a demonstration for our project. He claimed he did feel a miniature pinch in the beginning, once the procedure continued he could not even feel it. Each needle is from one to three inches long, ultra-fine and made from flexible stainless steel. They are pre-sterilized, non-toxic and disposable. Ten to twenty needles are typically placed in several acupoints and are usually left in for about 20-40 minutes each treatment. Once the needle has been placed into the skin, there is a slight prickling feeling that is slightly painful. The needle is inserted only a fraction of an inch through the skin
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Unformatted text preview: and acupuncturists are trained to make this as undetectable as possible. Once the needle is in place, there is usually a tingling, numbness, heaviness or a feeling of warmth around the needle. This is the desired result, demonstrating that the body is responding and balancing itself effectively. Acupuncture treatments are usually deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments. Practitioners should use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient and should swab treatment sites with alcohol or another disinfectant before inserting needles. When not delivered properly, acupuncture can cause serious adverse effects, including infections and punctured organs....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course SEM 022 taught by Professor Avila during the Spring '08 term at Saint Marys College of California.

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