Acupuncture points are stimulated via insertion of fine needles using an essentially painless technique. By doing so, one can carefully manipulate the bio-energy (also known as “Qi”) to flow more freely and thereby restore harmony and balance in the body on an energetic and physiological level. On a more scientific level, the premise of acupuncture is in its ability to increase circulation to a specific area that is treated. Although true, this is far too primitive an explanation for the ancient healing power of one of the most dominant medical systems in the world.
There are many indications for acupuncture. The most effective applications include pain management and treatment (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint dysfunction, tendonitis, sprains/strains, fractures and sports-related injuries), hormone balance, cancer-related symptoms and cancer-related side effects, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression, smoking cessation, stress management and management of withdrawal symptoms when weaning off certain medications. We often integrate acupuncture with other treatment modalities, such as nutritional and lifestyle counselling, in order to treat the root cause and optimize treatment outcomes.
Response to any treatment is variable depending on the nature of the condition and individual circumstances. After an initial assessment of your health is completed, your naturopathic physician can provide you an idea of what to expect in terms of treatment outcomes. In general, patients begin to notice improvement between 1-3 acupuncture visits.
The number of treatments varies depending on the condition and the purpose of treatment. Treatment frequency is initiated at 2-3x/wk and usually reduced after 4-6 weeks.
Your Naturopathic Physician will determine if acupuncture is appropriate for you after an initial visit and through assessment of your health has been completed. Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment plan for our patients. If acupuncture is a consideration for your care, your naturopathic physician will determine the frequency and duration of treatment. If there are other treatment options that may be more suitable to your condition and will provide better outcomes, we will inform you of your options and collaborate with you on making the best decisions for your treatment plan.