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Acupuncture: Symptoms, Prevention, Causes, Risk, Treatment, Pre-Surgery, Post-Surgery | Sengkang General Hospital

Acupuncture - What is it for

Acupuncture is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment that involves stimulation of certain points on the skin using a variety of techniques, with or without the insertion of needles.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture improves the flow of "qi" (energetic balance of the body) or energy along the meridians (pathways) to normalise physiological functions or to treat ailments or conditions of the human body. 

A treatment course usually consists of 5-10 acupuncture sessions that span over a number of weeks. The treatment frequency and length depend on the type, severity and complexity of your condition(s) and your response to it. Our acupuncturist will assess your suitability to proceed with the treatment and advise you on a suitable course.

Acupuncture - Symptoms

  • Stroke
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Knee pain
  • Giddiness and tinnitus
  • Anxiety and insomnia
  • Headache
  • Chronic cough

Acupuncture - How to prevent?

Lifestyle modification, healthy diet and regular exercises are important even as we manage the symptoms of pain using acupuncture. Co-management with our medical and allied health colleagues is essential in ensuring the best treatment outcome. 

However, there is a big difference in how individuals respond to acupuncture treatment. While some patients have reported improvement immediately or within the next few days, there are also patients who do not respond to acupuncture. In general, complex or chronic conditions may require more treatment sessions before noticing observable benefits.

Acupuncture - Causes and Risk Factors

Please refer to other related pages for more information of your specific condition.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, we recommend adopting healthful behaviours for general health. As such, some risk factors can be:

  • Over-strain, over-exertion, over-eating, and inadequate rest
  • Inappropriate diet and fluid intake such as over-indulgence of alcohol and oily food
  • Non-compliance with treatment regimens prescribed by their medical physicians

Acupuncture - Diagnosis

Acupuncture - Treatments

Acupuncture - Preparing for surgery

Acupuncture - Post-surgery care

After removal of needles by accredited staff, patient will be checked for side effects such as bleeding, swelling (hematoma) or feeling faint etc. Patient will be monitored in the clinic thereafter until patient is well to be discharged from the clinic by the acupuncturist.

  • Updated on 2017-12-05T16:00:00Z