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Acupuncture

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body - the needles are inserted to various depths. Acupuncture originated from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century that it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States and Canada. 

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians which where our vital energy flows through our body. We call this vital energy Qi. There is no histological, anatomical or scientific proof that these meridians or acupuncture points exist, yet for some reason many people find great benefits in having acupuncture a regular part of their healing process.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

One of the most frequently asked questions about acupuncture is, “Does it hurt?” You may feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted, but it is much less than the prick you feel during an injection, since the needles are much thinner. You may feel a heaviness, numbness, tingling, or mild soreness after the needles have been inserted.

IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

Yes. When acupuncture is performed with disposable needles, under clean, sterile conditions, and by a qualified practitioner, it is highly unusual to have any complications.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ACUPUNCTURE?

We are not sure how acupuncture works scientifically. However, we do know that it does have many therapeutic benefits, including pain relief and alleviation from nausea caused by chemotherapy. One of the benefits to acupuncture is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. With drugs, people often develop a tolerance, or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. However, this does not happen with acupuncture.

In addition, acupuncture allows the doctor to immediately examine a person’s response to the treatment and make adjustments if necessary. Symptoms often cease when acupuncture is a regular part of an individuals Life Balance routine, coupled with a healthy diet and exercise regimen. 

Acupuncture remains controversial among Western medical doctors and scie 

 

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body, depending on the ailment. Acupuncture originated from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years.  Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century that it began to spread rapidly in Western Europe, the United States, and Canada. 

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians which where our vital energy flows through our body.  We call this vital energy Qi.  There is no histological, anatomical, or scientific proof that these meridians or acupuncture points exist, yet for some reason many people find great benefits in having acupuncture a regular part of their healing process.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions! You may feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted, but it is much less than the prick you feel during an injection since the needles are much thinner. You may feel a heaviness, numbness, tingling, or mild soreness after the needles have been inserted due to increased local circulation. 

Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. When acupuncture is performed by a qualified practitioner with disposable needles under sterile conditions, it is highly unusual to have any complications.

What are the Advantages of Acupuncture?
We are not sure how acupuncture works scientifically. However, we do know that it does have many therapeutic benefits, including pain relief and alleviation from nausea caused by chemotherapy. One of the benefits to acupuncture is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain.  With drugs, people often develop a tolerance, or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. However, this does not happen with acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture allows the doctor to immediately examine a person’s response to the treatment and make adjustments if necessary. Symptoms often cease when acupuncture becomes an integral part of one's lifestyle, coupled with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.  Acupuncture remains controversial among Western medical doctors and scientists, however it is becoming more and more commonplace with time.