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Acupuncture

What is it?

  • In acupuncture, thin needles are used to stimulate specific points (called acupoints) on the body. These points are known to have special therapeutic effects either in the local area or on some functional body system

  • It has been used for thousands of years and is the most widely utilized Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy in the West

  • Stimulation of acupoints enables the body to active its own self-healing capabilities to assist in the restoration of health and prevention of disease

  • After insertion, the needles are left in for approximately 20-30 minutes until the therapeutic effect is achieved

  • An acupuncture session might include moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping, tuina (Chinese massage therapy), guasha, and other forms of bodywork based on the same principles

Is it safe?

  • Side effects with acupuncture are very rare, especially when administered by a licensed acupuncturist

  • All needles are pre-sterilized and come in single use packages to avoid contamination

Does it hurt?

  • Most acupuncture treatments are painless and typically involve a sense of awareness or heaviness around a point

  • In general, people experience a deep sense of calm and relaxation during acupuncture due to its effect on the body

What can it treat?

  • Acupuncture has been recognized by the World Health Organization through clinical trials to be an effective therapy in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders including pain management, internal medicine including respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, endocrine, and neurological health, women's health, and mental health

Conditions acupuncture is commonly used for:

Pain and Sports Injuries

  • Headache

  • Migraine

  • TMJ

  • Toothache

  • Sore throat

  • Neck pain

  • Back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Tennis elbow

  • Shoulder pain

  • Knee pain

  • Arthritis and other joint pain

  • Post-operative recovery

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Cardiovascular System and Digestion

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure/Low blood pressure

  • Indigestion

  • Nausea

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea and dysentery

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Epigastric pain and stomach ulcers

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Biliary colic

  • Gallstones

    Ear/Nose/Throat and Respiratory System

  • Allergic rhinitis

  • Asthma

  • Sinusitis

  • Common cold

  • COPD

Mental Health

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress management

  • Insomnia

  • Behavioural health

  • Substance abuse and withdrawal symptoms

  • Seasonal affective disorder

  • Schizophrenia

Women’s Health and Fertility

  • Irregular and/or painful menstruation

  • Infertility

  • PMS

  • Ovarian and uterine problems

  • Morning sickness

  • Lactation difficulty

  • Malposition of fetus

  • Labour pain

    Endocrine, Neurological, and Other Conditions

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Adrenal fatigue

  • Hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Stroke

  • Bell's palsy

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Cancer pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Side effects of chemotherapy/radiotherapy

  • Symptoms of MS

  • Renal colic

  • Urinary tract infections