Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing in the world. It involves putting small needles into specific body points to balance energy.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing in the world. It involves putting small needles into specific body points to balance energy. You can get it in the United States in many places, including Colorado.
If you have pain or feel ill, acupuncturists believe your body is unbalanced. Unbalanced means the energy in your body is not flowing correctly. The needles placed in spots to open up blocked energy pathways so that the energy can flow correctly. If you say your shoulder is hurting the needles won't be placed on your shoulder, they will be placed on a different part of your body. Different points on your body have different functions.
At an acupuncture appointment, you will lay on either your stomach or your back. The acupuncturist will measure your pulse and ask questions. Then, the acupuncturist will put in the needles. They are placed gently under the skin, and might feel similar to a mosquito bite. The needles stay in for 30 minutes to an hour. Many times, patients fall asleep. When the treatment is finished, the needles are removed and thrown away.
Acupuncturist Mimi Lam has been in her own practice for 9 years in Lakewood, CO. When asked how she knows where to place the needles, Mimi said, "All different points have different functions. You ask questions to get an idea of what part isn't balanced."When asked if acupuncture hurts, Lam said "generally not as bad as a shot, but it depends if you are afraid of needles."The training to become an acupuncturist is different from state to state. "It depends in which state you live in. In Colorado you need to have a master's degree, then you take a national board exam. Finally, you apply to the state for your license," said Lam.
Mimi says she learned a lot from her mom, who is also an acupuncturist. Mimi studied at Southwest Acupuncture College, and spent time with other practitioners.
Acupuncture can be a great way for people and animals of all ages to keep their body in balance and stay healthy.