This 5000-year-old Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy was rediscovered in North America in the 1970s. Treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles in specific acupuncture points located in the body. The function of this treatment, according to Chinese theory, is to re-establish the correct flow of body energy known as Qi, to achieve a balance of all bodily functions.
The scientific theory of Acupuncture relates the insertion of needles to nerve stimulation and neuro-hormonal reflexes. This stimulates the body's own analgesic, anti-inflammatory and healing responses, taking care of the individual's pain, inflammation and damaged tissues. In the hands of a trained practitioner, acupuncture is proven to be safe, effective, pain-free and virtually without side effects. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has formulated a list of approximately 40 conditions that acupuncture treats effectively, including asthma, musculoskeletal pain, addiction, anxiety and nausea.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, the acupuncture needles are very fine; they usually do not even draw blood. Skilled acupuncturists insert the needles very quickly; there may be a sensation traveling from the needle, but it is usually not uncomfortable.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, measures are taken to reduce potential risks associated with acupuncture. In our clinic we only use single-use disposable pre-sterilized needles, immediately disposed of in bio-hazardous waste containers.