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How is acupuncture done?

How is acupuncture done?:
Alternative Medicine Daily Health News Acupuncture Page  
              Basic acupuncture treatment that consists of placing tiny needles on multiple spots on the patients body. These procedure is done with special one time use only needles. The acupuncturist inserts these very fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points along the meridians to redirect and reposition the flow of energy. These needles may be twirled or warmed. Needles are solid meaning they are not hollow like hypodermic or vaccination needles. These needles are slightly bigger than the width of a human hair. Patients can feel the needle piercing the skin, but there is usually no pain. The puncture site is usually cleaned with a disinfectants like alcohol swabs beforehand. When the needle locates the acu point, there may be a "grabbing" sensation, followed by a relaxed, heavy feeling and overall body warmth. Some patients even fall asleep during treatment. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but there may be some soreness, fatigue, an intense tired feeling, or light-headedness following treatment. The reason for these side effects is not well understood, but thought related to the improved functioning of acupuncture meridians after being “balanced". Acupuncture can also be used in conjunction with other, more conventional therapies.
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