What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is widely accepted in Canada and the United States and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health. It is a safe, effective approach to alleviating many conditions, and is used by millions of people use every year. According
to the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Health,
acupuncture has a positive effect on a wide range of conditions,
- Depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress
- Arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems
- Gastrointestinal issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and
- Gynecological problems like infertility and PMS
- And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues.
Acupuncture is a 3000-year old medical therapy. It is one of the oldest continuously practiced forms of medicine in the world, based on natural laws describing the movement of energy in nature and the body.
This energy, called qi (pronounced "chee"), courses through the body in channels called meridians. Much like the way blood flows through our veins, qi should flow uninterrupted through our meridians. Meridians connect all organs and systems of the body; each one is responsible for maintaining specific aspects of our physical and emotional health. When the movement of the qi is disrupted, we see symptoms arise.
Acupuncturists use tiny needles, the width of two human hairs, on acupuncture points on different parts of the body to correct the movement of the qi.
Other therapies such as warming the acupuncture points with herbs ("moxibustion"), cupping, and gua sha are also used.
Your acupuncturist will work with you to identify possible lifestyle changes that can help you to achieve and sustain health.