Acupuncture improves the body’s function and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific areas known as acupuncture points. The most common method used to stimulate these points is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other stimulation techniques include: tui na massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and gua sha. Acupuncture therapy is used to improve qi or energy flow within aid the body’s natural healing response. Acupuncture has an effect on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating these various systems, acupuncture may help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being on a mental, emotional and physical level.
What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is a complex system of healing rooted in thousands of years of practice. It has gained popularity in the West due to it’s effectiveness in treating a wide range of ailments.
During a treatment acupuncture points will be stimulated using single use needles, moxibustion and other modalities to activate qi or energy. This energy travels along pathways throughout the body known as meridians or channels. When these energy channels are blocked, qi cannot flow freely, which causes physical, mental and emotional health imbalances. Acupuncture assists the body in healing by opening these meridians and stimulating the free flow of qi to encourage balance and health within the body.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing by restoring balance to the body. It may be used to manage pain, enhance immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well being. Acupuncture is a safe, gentle and effective way to treat a wide variety of health problems including but not limited to;
- Carpal tunnel
- Acute/chronic pain (back, neck, shoulder, knee)
- High blood pressure
- Stress disorders
- Bell’s Palsy
- Headache, migraine
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Menstrual Pain
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Infertility/IVF support
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Allergies/hay fever
- Nausea, morning sickness
- IBS, constipation, diarrhea
- Smoking cessation
- Post surgical recovery
To obtain the best results a treatment protocol consists of a minimum of 6 sessions, once weekly in order to obtain optimal results. You may notice results within the first few treatments. The results will last longer the more frequent the treatment is done. Following this course of 6 sessions it is recommended to complete a treatment every month or bi-monthly thereafter.
**All fees are covered under most extended health care benefits under Naturopathic Services or Acupuncture**
**In order to start treatment an initial assessment of your health needs to be completed. This is because the health of your skin is a reflection of your body’s health**