What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic method and healing practice that dates back at least 2,500 years in China. It can stimulate the body and activate the regulating functions of the body to improve and rectify the disturbance and dysfunction of certain organs in the body. Such a therapy not only can treat diseases, but also can prevent health problems. It’s best for reduction or relieves pain and balance Yin and Yang of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when other medical treatments are failed.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of several very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort because the needles are very thin and fine as hair. It is noted for extensive application, significant curative effects and no side effects.

How Effective is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has recently received significant recognition by Western medical practice. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States endorsed acupuncture in 1997. NIH stated that there is clear evidence for acupuncture’s efficiency for treating many types of pain and a variety of other conditions. After two years of research, the World Health Organization (WHO) named 31 conditions that can be effectively treated by acupuncture. These results are published in an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. After that, modern technology has allowed variations in acupuncture treatment extending and developing in Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia of the many countries. The third international congress of traditional medicine was in cession on Sep 20-22, 2006 in Toronto. Prime Minister Stenph Haper, Minister of health Tony Clement and Toronto mayor David Miller sent a greeting letter to support. There were represents of over seventy countries, who attended this congress.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins”. These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, creating general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems. According to traditional Chinese Medicine each human organ is associated with specific points in the skin---invisible lines called meridians or channels link the points. The body’s natural energy or Qi (Chi) flows through these channels. When disease or dysfunction occurs, acupuncturists know which points to manipulate to restore the natural flow of energy and to restore balance to the body’s systems.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

We use disposable needles at all times. When acupuncture is performed by a trained professional, such as a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, they know the precise location of acupuncture meridians, channels and points, the correct angle, and depth of insertion. Safety is always assured because only disposable needles are used. Therefore, there is no danger of cross-contamination or transmission of infections disease.

Are There Any Adverse Effects or Risks to Acupuncture Treatment?

One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Most patients find the treatment relaxing and experience minimal discomfort.

People who are pacemakers should avoid electrical stimulation unless approved by their cardiologist. Women in early pregnancy and hemophiliacs should be treated with caution.

The AFCI recommends that only disposable needles be used, preventing any risk of infection. In particular there is no possibility of transmission of the AIDS or hepatitis viruses when sterilized disposable needles are used.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

People experience different sensations with acupuncture. Most patients feel only minimal discomfort, as the needles are passing through the skin. Some feel no pain at all. On insertion, the needles are gently manipulated to elicit an energy response or Qi. The Qi response may feel like a mild electrical stimulation, a heavy numbness, or dull ache. Patients who feel a little uncomfortable do not describe these sensations. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are made from stainless steel that means they are very different from the hypodermic needles used by medical doctors for immunization.

How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will Be Required?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the condition being treated and the patient’s constitution. Some patients may experience immediate relief following treatment, while others need more treatments.

  • Acute: 6-12 treatments
  • Sub acute: 12-24 treatments
  • Chronic: 24 and up treatments
  • Wellness: one or twice a month