Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into points of energy circulation to restore psychophysical and energetic balance. The acupuncturist diagnoses the condition and restores the smooth passage of vital energy flowing through organs, viscera, and sense organs via the meridians. The protocol varies depending on the pathology, and excellent results are found for disorders affecting:

  • The musculoskeletal and osteoarticular system (cervicalgia, low back pain, tendinitis, back pain)
  • Dysfunctions in the obstetrical-gynecological sphere (menstrual disorders, infertility)
  • Skin and respiratory allergies
  • Disorders affecting the nervous system (headache, anxiety, insomnia, depression)
  • Disorders of the digestive system (gastritis, colitis, eating disorders)

Acupuncture is also effective in interrupting nicotine addiction in combination with psychological counseling

The treatment is based on a comprehensive analysis of withdrawal symptoms and aims to balance the body’s energies to improve health. 

Treatment focuses on:

  • Cravings
  • Tremors
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Improved sleep mood and bowel rhythms

An acupuncture session begins with the doctor identifying the points that constitute the chosen therapeutic formula – the so-called therapeutic prescription – on the patient’s body. 

The therapy requires sterile disposable needles with a steel tip and a copper or silver back. The needle is very thin and inserted in a quick and mostly painless maneuver into the superficial layers of the skin. 

The patient may feel a slight tingling, a sense of heaviness, or the sensation of a small electric shock

At this point, the needles are left inserted for about 25 to 30 minutes. Some results are immediately perceptible: the relaxing effect (drowsiness, slight numbness) and the pain-relieving action.

Other benefits may be felt after some time and will be evaluated by the physician, who asks the patient to note changes in their state of health on a weekly basis.

How many sessions are needed?

The number of sessions varies depending on the type and severity of the disease. An acupuncture cycle generally consists of 6-10 sessions, two per week in the most acute phase, one in the earlier ones. 

Treatment cycles can be performed several times a year, while in seasonal allergies, repeated cycles of 5-6 treatments are recommended for preventive purposes. 

In chronic conditions, maintenance therapy with monthly sessions or short courses of treatment once or twice a year at the reappearance of symptoms is possible.