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    Self acupuncture - a simple guide

    If you’ve received acupuncture in the past or are just curious as to whether acupuncture might work for you, you may have considered the option of self acupuncture that can be performed on yourself in the comfort of your own home.

    Self acupuncture certainly has a lot of positive points to recommend it. A considerable saving can be made on the cost of your treatments, and of course you have the option of being able to administer immediate treatment to yourself as and when you need it, without having to schedule an appointment around your work and social life.

    In order to be able to consider self acupuncture as a viable alternative to appointments with a practitioner, it’s important to have a good understanding of the relevant acupuncture points, good hygiene practices, and how to treat yourself safely in order to achieve a positive result on your overall health and wellbeing.

    Here is a quick and easy guide to the steps you should take to learn about and prepare yourself for performing self acupuncture at home.

    1. Learn about your body's acupuncture points or ‘acupoints,’ by checking out this easy to use interactive chart of acupuncture points covering all areas of the body. Once you are confident that you have identified the relevant acupuncture points for your particular health problem or concern, make sure that you can see and reach all of the areas you will need to with ease and that you will be able to position the needles effectively.
    2. Good health and hygiene procedures are a must when administering self acupuncture - after all, you are going to be inserting fine needles into the relevant acupuncture points of your body. Make sure that your working area or room is clean and safe, and that the points that you will be treating are clean and free from any lotions or oils. Lightly swab the areas to be treated with a sterile disinfectant wipe or some iodine. It goes without saying that your hands should of course be scrupulously clean as well!
    3. Use only high quality acupuncture needles that are specifically designed for self acupuncture, such as short Huanqui press needles that can be used on any of the acupuncture points of the body.

    Self acupuncture needles are not the same kind of needles which you may have been treated with before by an acupuncture practitioner, and are specially designed for self acupuncture performed within the home. They are much shorter than standard needles, and so are considerably safer for the inexperienced user. They take the guesswork out of how deeply to insert the needles into the relevant acupuncture points in order to both bring about the required positive effect, and prevent potential pain and damage from inserting the needles too deeply. 

    Also, self acupuncture needles can be taped into place and left on the body for prolonged periods of time without interfering with normal movement or catching on your clothes. You can even wear them overnight and when in the bath or shower, in order to maximise the treatment time and resultant benefits of usage- and when you’re done, the tape simply peels off with the needle attached for safe disposal.

    Performed safely and correctly, self acupuncture combines all of the health and wellness benefits of traditional acupuncture treatments with a therapist, alongside of the ease and convenience of being able to treat yourself as and when you want to in the privacy of your own home. Particularly if you’re new to self acupuncture, it’s vitally important to make sure that you have a good understanding of the correct acupuncture points and safe usage of the needles in order to make sure that your experience is a positive one, and that you achieve the desired results. 

    For more information or some advice from experienced self acupuncture users, check out the self acupuncture forum before you begin.

    Reader Comments (5)

    This idea is not just stupid but dangerous as well. Acupuncture needles are a Class 2 medical device and use is restricted by the FDA to qualified licensed medical professionals only. Anyone suggesting such a practice is endangering your life and should be considered an outright fraud!!

    Any medical professional that recommends self acupuncture would undoubtedly be considered to be guilty of professional misconduct and subject to disaplinary action by their licensing board.

    January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Wright

    Quite right for full length needles, but we are talking about press tacks:

    http://www.3b-acupuncture.co.uk/en/new_pyonex.cfm

    January 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterAdmin

    I've used press tack needles for years. After receiving acupuncture treatment over a number of years, I became fascinated with treating myself. Press tack needles and seeds are a safe alternative for those that are not professional acupuncturist

    July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDe

    I almost always have pain in my knee, elbows, shoulders, elbows and in my back and neck. Do you think acupuncture can help my pain go away?
    Thanks Tony L.

    July 21, 2014 | Registered Commentertony lupetaliaami

    I wonder how much longer we'll have to put up with the FDA and regulations in this so called "free country"

    April 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Poljasevic

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