Medical Acupuncture involves the use of both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and evidence based concepts (Medical Acupuncture) of Acupuncture in treating many types of ailments/conditions. All of our practitioners that practice Acupuncture must complete a rigorous and comprehensive program involving over 200 hours of training and education, and are certified to practice Acupuncture in Ontario.
Acupuncture involves the insertion fine sterile needles into specific points on the body and may include sites far removed from the injured area. Acupuncture points are numbered and follow meridians which follow the body’s energy flow, but needles may also be inserted anatomically. Acupuncture points can represent certain organs or body parts and may be named for these. Needles can be rotated or stimulated with a current to enhance the beneficial effects. Once used, needles are disposed of in special containers.
The benefits of Acupuncture are many and quite varied. Acupuncture can be used to treat such ailments related to stress, allergies, and many acute or chronic injuries. Acupuncture has been used to decrease or relieve pain, decrease inflammation, alter movement patterns, improve performance, and encourage natural healing through attaining the body’s natural state (Qi, pronounced “Chi”).
It is a very safe, relaxing, and effective alternative to traditional medication.
Some of the conditions treated by acupuncture include:
- Acute/chronic pain (e.g., strains, sprains, osteoarthritis)
- Nerve referral pain (e.g., sciatic/disc herniation pain)
- Allergies (e.g., seasonal/ragweed)
- Headaches (e.g., migraine or tension type headaches)
- Frozen shoulder