The word acupuncture comes from Latin ‘acu’ meaning ‘sharp’ and ‘punctura’ meaning ‘to puncture or pierce’.  Acupuncture is a procedure whereby very fine metallic needles are inserted into specific points on the body with the objective of balancing the body’s energies and stimulating the body’s own healing ability.  Acupuncture began in China thousands of years ago, some say as early as 2600 BC.  It began to really flourish in North America in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

In traditional Chinese Medicine, the basic concept is that within the human body there is an energy or “Qi” which flows through a network of 12 primary channels called “meridians”.   These meridians are connected to the major organs & organ systems.  Optimum health means the Qi is flowing freely and is balanced.  If the movement is blocked, flowing in the wrong direction, or is in excess, then there is imbalance.  The body can become diseased or be susceptible to illness.  Along each meridian are points; there are 364 points any of which can be stimulated to restore balance to the body and bring about wellness to the body.

Acupuncture needles are very fine and made of stainless steel.   They are sterilized and disposable to avoid any possibility of infection.   Some people a little discomfort when the needles are inserted, but generally speaking most people feel no pain at all and are relaxed throughout the session.  It is not common, but occasionally a patient may have a slight bruise around the acupuncture site. 

Prior to treatment the health practitioner will assess the client’s medical condition to see if acupuncture is appropriate and beneficial.  A typical session will be anywhere from 30-45 minutes.  Sometimes acupuncture is combined with other treatments such as physiotherapy.  Frequency of sessions will depend on the individual patient and the severity of his or her condition.  It is ideal to be rested before a treatment and afterwards to minimize physical activity and rehydrate.

Acupuncturists can offer treatment for a variety of health conditions including but not limited to muscular pain, back pain, migraines, PMS & menopause symptoms, indigestion, sinusitis, bronchitis, anxiety, depression, athletic performance.

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