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The Basics of Acupuncture : Inserting the Needles into the Patient

Hi, I’m a Doctor of Chiropractic who also is certified in Acupuncture. We have Anya, here, who in our last segment we talked about how to peform the acupuncture; now we’re actually going to do it. The needle is in about three to four millimeters and that’s all we really want to go. Acupuncture is done in depressions so we really just want to twist it to get an acupuncture stimulation and these points follow the twelve 4,000 year old meridian pathways that the Chinese have studied and treating over 2,000 conditions. Okay. Good. Doing Okay, Anya? (affirmative nods) This is Anya’s first experience with acupuncture so we might ask her more than usual how she’s doing.

Good, let me reload, here, on the needles. Okay, first we just kind of get them in and then we start to twist them and stimulate them in just a minute. (demo on needle insertions) Okay, some more needles. So, we’re focusing on the stomach meridian, the large intestines meridian, and the names don’t always match up with the area you’re trying to treat, it’s more about the location on where they’re going in the pathways. But, in this case, we are going to treat the stomach and we are going to treat the large intestine, and in the ear we’re going to focus in on the liver. Okay. The ear is a little more sensitive than other areas because there’s not as much tissue there.

But most women probably remember the days when they got their ear pierced. It’s not nearly as painful as that. Okay, two more and we’re all doing. This part of it. Good. Excellent. You do OKay, Anya? I feel great. Oh, great!.