Acupuncture Session

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands or with electrical stimulation. 

Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is known to improve the flow of Qi and blood circulation thereby improving health and stimulating the nervous system.

Studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for a variety of conditions.

How does acupuncture affect the body 

Conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include the following:

Digestive  

Gastritis
Irritable bowel syndrome
Hepatitis

Hemorrhoids

Emotional

Anxiety
Depression
Insomnia
Nervousness
Neurosis

Eye-Ear-Throat

Rhinitis
Sinusitis
Sore throat

 

Gynecological

Menstrual pain
Infertility

Musculoskeletal 

Arthritis
Back pain
Muscle cramping
Muscle pain and weakness
Neck pain
Sciatica

 

Neurological

Headaches
Migraines
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Parkinson's disease
Postoperative pain
Stroke

Respiratory

Allergic rhinitis
Sinusitis
Bronchitis

 

Miscellaneous

Irritable bladder
Prostatitis
Male infertility
Some forms of impotence
Addiction

What is Acupuncture 

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat the following:

  • Nausea caused by surgical anaesthesia and cancer chemotherapy

  • Dental pain after surgery

  • Addiction

  • Headaches

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Tennis elbow

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Myofascial pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Low back pain

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Asthma

  • It may also help with stroke rehabilitation.

What conditions may benefit from acupuncture