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What is Acupuncture?

The practice of acupuncture is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has a history of at least 2,500 years of successfully diagnosing, treating and preventing illness. Acupuncture involves inserting very fine, sterile, disposable (one time use) needles into specific points to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal. If appropriate, acupuncture will be combined with Chinese horology and other methods of TCM, such as moxibustion (heat therapy), acupressure and cupping.

How does acupuncture work?

We all have 14 main channels, called meridians, which flow throughout our body distributing chi (energy) or life force. Health problems arise when there is an obstruction in the flow of this life force. Acupuncture works by removing these obstructions and correcting imbalances of yin and yang, thereby restoring health and normal function. Modern research concludes that stimulating acupuncture points decreases inflammation, increases endorphins and stimulates the circulation, the endocrine and the immune systems. 

Does it hurt?

Experiences with acupuncture vary from person to person. Many feel nothing at all: some may notice a small sensation as the needle is inserted. Once the needle is introduced to the point one may feel some tingling, distension or heavy feeling. These are all considered good sensations, reflecting the effectiveness of the treatment. 

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture is very safe with minimal side effects, when practiced by a competent Acupuncturist. Many often report positive effects of relaxation, improved sleep and a general sense of well-being. 

What does acupuncture treat? 

The World Health Organization has identified a number of conditions benefited by acupuncture. The following is a partial list: 
colds, and flu, sore throat, hay fever 
asthma, bronchitis, sinus infection 
stomach ulcers, colitis and indigestion 
diarrhea, constipation 
hypoglycemia, diabetes 
earaches, tinnitus 
eczema, acne 
arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, bursitis, tendonitis 
neck and back pain 
headaches, migraines 
Bell's Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia 
infertility IVF & IUI support
morning sickness 
anxiety, depression 
stress, insomnia

Acupuncture has also been shown to be helpful for: 

addictions cessation; withdrawal from caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, sugar, recreational drugs 
post-surgical recovery 
side effects of chemotherapy and radiation 
chronic fatigue 
the signs of aging 
dysfunction of the immune system 
acute and chronic pain etc.

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