Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the body to stimulate the meridians in the body’s energetic system. Different points along the meridians are stimulated to balance the flow of energy (Qi) in the body promoting health & well-being. Practitioners may also use heat, pressure (Acupressure), friction, suction (see Cupping), or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate these points.
Acupuncture is one of the fastest growing forms of healthcare in Canada. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented its success in treating over forty-three conditions including:
- Chronic and Acute Pain conditions – injuries, carpal tunnel and headaches
- Upper Respiratory Disorders – Colds and flu, asthma and bronchitis
- Digestive Disorders – Irritable Bowel syndrome, ulcers, colitis, constipation, chronic diarrhea and abdominal pain.
- Reproductive Disorders – Infertility, erectile dysfunction, menopause symptoms, PMS, fibroids, endometriosis.
Sterile and Safe and Painless
Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the size of a human hair. They bare no resemblance to the needles used when receiving an injection. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed with minimal discomfort. All needles are used only once and each point is alcohol swabbed prior to insertion. A new individual needle is opened from a sterile and sealed package for each point applied.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The body contains energy pathways known as meridians, and these meridians can become blocked for various reasons. The acupuncturist helps to determine where these blockages are, and then working to restore the proper flow of Qi, through the use of needles, etc., which in turn restores good health. It has been also been shown to stimulate the immune system, affects the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, secretion of the gastric acid, and production of red and white cells. It also stimulates the release of a variety of hormones which help body to respond to injury and stress.