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There are several variations of acupuncture a patient can choose from, but do you know the difference? What are the benefits of each? A good starting point is to look at the difference between traditional acupuncture and the Korean 4 needle technique. While both provide awesome benefits, it’s a good idea to know how to differentiate between the two to see which is the right option for you.

Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture pertains to the Chinese style, which is the variation most people are familiar with. The practitioner tends to use long needles in order to insert deeper into the patient’s skin. This greater penetration is intended to better stimulate the patient’s life energy, or Qi, which plays a major role in health and well-being.

How does it feel? These needles have a rougher surface so the patient will feel the needle more, but this is required to heighten the patient’s response. The needle will also be rotated. Additionally, more needles are used in traditional acupuncture and over a larger area of the body.

Consider the Korean 4 needle technique.
Learn about the Korean 4 needle technique.

Korean 4 Needle Technique

The 4 needle style of acupuncture in Westchester, NY, is exactly how it sounds – 4 needles are used to complete a full analysis of the patient and symptoms. This technique often involves focusing on the extremities, such as the ears or hands.

The needles are divided into two pairs of two. One of the pairs is used to reduce the excessive amount of Qi in an organ system and the other two needles are used to increase Qi in another organ system to properly balance the patient, alleviating pain and other symptoms. These needles tend to be smaller and thinner and not felt as much by the patient.

Which Is Right for You?

When you’re looking to visit a Westchester acupuncture clinic, the practitioner will discuss your issues, symptoms and goals. After assessing you, the clinician will discuss your options to see which type of acupuncture best suits your needs. You will need to think about your level of comfort and what you’re hoping to gain to make an informed choice, and you should freely ask any questions to receive the answers to make an informed decision.

Regardless of the type of acupuncture you choose, you should visit a trusted clinic like ours with an experienced staff. Contact us to discuss your options.

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