What is it?
Acupuncture is a treatment that stimulates the body to heal itself naturally and improve functioning. This is done by inserting very thin needles at precise acupuncture points.
How Does it Work?
The Ancient Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in certain patterns throughout the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and feed the tissues. A block in one of these channels is like a dam that backs up in others, thereby causing dysfunction in tissues and organs. These meridians can be influenced and "unblocked" by needling the acupuncture points and reestablishing the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption and ATP (energy) production activities.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. This overall improvement of energy and biochemical balancing results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well trained Acupuncturist, it can treat:
- Digestive disorders: acid reflux, gastritis, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
- Respiratory conditions: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
- Neurological and Muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, lower back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments differs from person to person. For complex conditions, one or two treatments per week for several month may be required. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are needed.
Dr. Angela Liang, B.Sc. (Hons), DOMP, Naturopathic Dr. and Dr. Julie Kim, B.Sc., Naturopathic Dr. The doctors combine acupuncture with other healing modalities to treat all of the above dysfunctions. Please visit with them if your ailment is more than those listed under neurological and muscular disorders or stopping addictions.
The doctors also offer free 15 minute consultations to answer any questions you may have.
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