An increasing number of people are turning to alternative medicine as a complement to conventional Western Medicine treatments. These alternative treatments provide a holistic, whole-body approach to personal health. Instead of seeing a doctor only once a year and calling it a day, patients interested in alternative medicine are empowered to reconnect with their bodies on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis. Acupuncture treatments in particular are a very effective means of managing symptoms from medication, other treatments and from various illnesses.
Many people also visit acupuncturists to get various conditions treated. Some go to get over their habit of smoking, and others visit an acupuncturist to lose weight. Everything in the body is connected and because it is connected, qi—vital energy—courses throughout the body as well. Acupuncture regulates the movement of qi to create different effects in the body. As any other practice, an acupuncturist needs a reliable company from which to purchase acupuncture needles and acupuncture supplies to ensure quality service for clients. The right needles can make a treatment near painless, effective, and comfortable for the client, while ensuring that the practitioner can feel the qi flowing in the client’s body; the wrong ones have the opposite effect.
There are different types of acupuncture needles for every practice. The main types of acupuncture are Korean acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, and Chinese acupuncture, as well as Western variants on all these practices, electroacupuncture, auricular acupuncture and acupressure.
Acupuncturists that use electric stimulators in their practice, for example, tend to favour needles without silicone, such as Lierre’s Zagu brand. Auriculotherapists will use small, specialised needles that are designed to be used on the ear.