There are several explanations of how acupuncture can benefit the body. From a bio-medical perspective, acupuncture encourages your body to release natural pain killers, lowers stress and promotes healthy circulation. From a more traditional acupuncture standpoint, acupuncture influences the flow of Qi or energy in the body. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, Yin and Yang become unbalanced, and illness and disease may occur. Yin and Yang are opposite forces, that, when balanced, work together. Acupuncture works to restore your Qi to a natural and healthy level of circulation.
There are multiple types of acupuncture, in practice I practice largely Traditional Chinese Medicine style of acupuncture with some musculoskeletal acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be effective for many conditions, including:
- Hot Flashes
- Urinary Frequency
- Low Energy
- Anxiety or Depression
- Sinus Problems/Allergies
- Stress Related Disorders
- PMS, Menstrual Cramps
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Frequent Miscarriages
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Hip Pain
- Shoulder, Neck, Lower back Pain
- Arthritis and Arthritic Pain
- Tennis / Golfer’s Elbow, Sports Injuries
- Smoking Cessation
Acupuncture varies case to case but typically I will do an assessment and then will see a patient for 6-8 weekly sessions to get started. After the 6-8 sessions, if the condition has resolved we will often spread out treatments to move toward maintenance or discontinuing acupuncture depending on the case and situation. If seeing patients for fertility or hormonal concerns, it will typically require more than 8 sessions.
To read more about Acupuncture Benefit Coverage or to determine whether you should book as a Naturopathic New Patient or an Acupuncture New Patient, please read here.