How long should acupuncture needles be in for?
Acupuncture needles are left inserted in the body for between 1-60 minutes, depending upon the type of acupuncture being practised and the health problem being treated.
In Japanese acupuncture, the needles are inserted briefly and then removed. In Chinese acupuncture, the needles are left in for around 20-30 minutes.
Acupuncture treatment has made a beneficial affect upon the body as soon as the acupuncture needle in inserted.
Generally, most traditional acupuncturists leave the needles inserted for around 20-25 minutes. Having the acupuncture needles left in for longer than this can help person who are feeling stressed or anxious. Most people like to spend between 30-45 minutes relaxing on the treatment couch with the acupuncture needles in.
If a person's energy is weak, it's better for them to have less treatment time, so as to not damage their energy.
What happens if acupuncture needles are left in too long?
Nothing serious will happen to you if acupuncture needles are left in for a too long. You might feel tired as over stimulation of the points can drain your energy.
A long time can be 45 minutes or longer.
What are ear seeds and acupuncture tacks?
An acupuncture tack or ear seed is a small object that's stuck onto specific points on a person for them to stimulate in between acupuncture sessions. They are left stuck on the body using sticky tape night and day, until they loose their stickiness and fall off.
Acupuncture tacks and ear seeds work by stimulating points a person might need to help rebalance their health. This reinforces the acupuncture treatment allowing for greater effect. A common use of ear seeds is on the 'mind' point on the ear (Shenmen) to help calm the mind and treat anxiety.