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What is Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine treats the patient, not the disease.

Acupuncture has been used for well over 3000 years and is currently an integrated part of East Asian health care systems. An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very small, fine needles into specific spots (acupuncture points) on the body in order to facilitate healing. There are over 400 acupuncture points on the body. The effect of the needles is multi-faceted:

Through these mechanisms acupuncture focuses on preventative medicine by treating the root cause of disease. The World Health Organization recognizes recent research that demonstrates acupuncture’s ability to induce analgesia, protect the body against infections and regulate physiological functions.

Who can benefit from Acupuncture?

The World Health Organization (source) acknowledges acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of over 100 medical conditions, including:

Does it hurt?

Our acupuncturist Aaron replies, “Yes, a little. It’s similar to a mosquito-bite level of discomfort for 3 to 5 seconds. Once that fades, it’s typically completely painless. Many of my patients fall asleep with the needles in them, if that helps give you a perspective on their experience.”

NOTE: People with bleeding disorders or with injection and needle phobias may not be good candidates for treatment. As well, those taking blood thinners, such as Warfarin, may find that they bruise more easily during their treatment. Please advise your practitioner if you are taking any kind of medication.

What to Expect

If you are a new patient:

During your initial visit for acupuncture treatment your acupuncturist or naturopathic doctor will take a full history. (S)he will take your pulse and check your tongue to help her select appropriate acupuncture points for your treatment. Usually an initial treatment can be provided in the first visit. If this is something you require, please let us know when you book your visit. Follow-up visit duration depends on the practitioner you see and the type of treatment you require.

If you are an existing patient:

Acupuncture treatments last up to 60 minutes. You may need to disrobe, always to your comfort level, depending on the area being treated. Usually clients are treated on a treatment table, although in some instances we will treat you in a seated position. After the needles are inserted, you have some time to relax and absorb the treatment. In some cases we will intermittently stimulate your needles during your treatment. The needles remain inserted for up to 40 minutes; duration varies according to what is being treated.

Prior to your first appointment, please download, print and fill out our Acupuncture Intake Form »