30 Minute Qi
Have you been wondering what exactly is happening during your acupuncture appointment? Why you are left to relax after the needles have been placed? It’s ALL about blood and oxygen circulation!
Needles are left in for at least 30 minutes. Reason being, it takes 28 minutes for blood and oxygen (Qi) to make a complete circulation through the body one time. So, retaining the needles for that 30 minute time frame invigorates circulation to the parts of the body that need it the most!
Some patients may need a bit longer treatment. However, some treatments actually require shorter times. One way or another, when I choose to leave the needles in for a period of time other than the standard 30 minutes, it's based on specific qualities about the patient and their issues. For instance, it is possible to be hyper sensitive to acupuncture, so for those individuals, I time treatments carefully to ensure optimal results.
Next time you have an appointment, try and clear your mind for those 30 minutes... because you can rest easy knowing your energy is flowing optimally thanks to the needles!