Acupuncture is a healthcare system involving involving the stimulation of points on the body based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.

The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.

How Is Acupuncture Done?

The acupuncture technique involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine.

How Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin – not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than 1/2 inch to an inch.

While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Some people report feeling a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

While the focus and emphasis is on preventive healthcare as a way of maintaining a balanced and healthy body, traditional Chinese medicine is a very comprehensive system of medicine that is capable of diagnosing and effectively treating a wide range of conditions. It works with your body to produce true healing instead of suppressing symptoms.

  • Women’s issues, including painful periods, menopause, and other gynaecological issues. These are treated without requiring uncomfortable examinations.
  • Chronic pain, especially joint and muscle pain, arthritis, as well as headaches and other discomforts.
  • Fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome, or a general feeling of being down.
  • Most conditions that respond to drug treatment, respond even better to acupuncture and Chinese herbs – without side effects. However, we insist on partnering with your doctor to determine a proper course of treatment. Some medications need special care and planning.
  • Most chronic conditions such as allergies, asthma, and more respond extremely well to acupuncture.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Acupuncture generally does not produce much unpleasant side effects. There are occasions where people who have undergone acupuncture experience some temporary side effects including the worsening of symptoms prior to the symptoms improving, fatigue, soreness, bruising, light headedness or muscle twitching.

These are normal side effects and do not effect everybody. They are also temporary and generally fleeting.

Not all the side effects are unpleasant though. Some of the more positive side effects of acupuncture include better sleep, more energy, mental clarity and better digestion.

Are There Any Contraindications?

The vast majority of contraindications for acupuncture are relative rather than absolute contraindications. Some of the contraindications that a trained acupuncturist would consider are sepsis, use of anti-coagulants, skin lesions, and pregnancy.

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