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Acupuncture Explained

What's The Point?

This ancient therapy surpasses the test of modern time and is known to aid the prevention of various conditions and accompanying symptoms; acupuncture is a treatment that can serve as a great introduction to natural care.

We are here to help you learn more about how Acupuncture works, what it can treat and what to expect on your first visit.

Don’t worry, no needles involved yet! 


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361 Acupuncture Points

Through your meridian map (energy channeling), there are 361 small points in alignment with your organs that serve as the point for the needle to insert into the body to trigger a healing response. [1]

In Western Medicine, acupuncture is practiced based on neurophysiological principles and is used to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. [2]

Model of an acupuncture doll with needles

The Meridians

By connecting and uniting different parts of our body, meridians provide the transport service for the fundamental substances of qi, blood, and body fluids. [3]

What Acupuncture Treats

Most Commonly, acupuncture is used to treat symptomatic pain derived from acute injury to chronic diseases. By offering acupuncture with medical oversight, Sonoran Univeristy’s Clinical Care team doesn’t stop at the symptoms, we work to solve the issue. Acupuncture is a great way to get started.

A medical professional will analyze which points align with the expressed concerns and conditions to determine which channels need intervention/stimulation.

Gynecological Concerns Emotional/Lifestyle Concerns
• Endometriosis
• Infertility
• Menstrual Cramps
• Labor & Delivery
• Period/Cycle Regulation
• Bladder Pain
• Pelvic Floor (Interstitial cystitis)
• Incontinence
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Energy
• Fatigue
• Memory
• Stress
• Addiction
Respiratory Concerns Cardiovascular Concerns
• Upper Respiratory Infections• Myocardial Infarction Type 1 and 2
• Hypertension
Musculoskeletal Concerns Other Concerns
• Jaw Pain
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Elbow Pain
• Chest Pain
• Abdominal Pain
• Back Pain
• Hip Pain
• Sciatica Pain
• Glute Pain
• Knee Pain
• Ankle Pain
• Foot Pain
• Arthritis
• Carpal Tunnel
• Fibromyalgia
• Tinnitus
• Hypothyroid
• Insomnia
• Headache
• Eye Strain
Digestive Health Concerns Neurological Concerns
• Gastritis
• Bloating
• Dizziness
• Bell's Palsy
• Neuropathy
• Pins-and-Needles Sensation

Your Visit

What to expect on your first visit

At Sonoran University you can expect your first visit to be filled with in-depth questions about your lifestyle. Your practitioner will thoroughly examine your symptoms, complaints, behaviors, and environment to determine the type of treatment that best suits you. Before mapping your points they first must determine the balance or imbalance of your energy, they may take a close look at your tongue to determine the shape, color and coating. As well as feeling for the rhythm and strength of your pulse. They will then map out different points on your body to treat the condition

During Treatment

Your practitioner will inform you how they want you positioned and will ask if any adjustments are needed for your comfort. They will also ask you to remove any clothing that may be in the way of the treatment. A sheet, gown, or table will be provided.

As the thin needles are inserted feelings like soreness, numbness, heaviness and swelling could occur. A reaction known as the “needle” feeling. [4] Acupuncture needles are small they rarely cause discomfort. A typical treatment uses 5 to 20 needles and can last up to 15 minutes.

Some treatment plans may include applying heat or electrical pulses to the needles for increased stimulation to the area. Which may add time to the overall treatment. [5]

Immediately after treatment, side effects may vary. Some feel energized, while others may feel tired.

You may also receive recommendations on lifestyle/diet changes, tips for better sleep.

What to expect at returning visits

At returning visits, you can expect your practitioner will examine your new symptoms, complaints, behaviors, and environment. They will look at the balance or imbalance of your energy, and take a close-up of your tongue to determine the shape, color and coating. Finally they will check your pulse and then review any changes in your treatment plan. 

Typically patients see a difference after 1-2 acupuncture sessions. Your unique treatment plan will depend on the condition being treated and the severity. Treatment plans can vary from one session each week for a series of weeks to multiple sessions a week.

Talk to your practitioner about how many Acupuncture sessions are best fit for you.

If you are not experiencing any results, talk to your doctor about other options.

Alternatives to Acupuncture

Gua Sha Therapy

Cupping Therapy

Ear Seeds

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