The human body's “life energy” flows through meridians or channels in the body. In a healthy state the channels are well balanced and in harmony with each other.
When a disruption of energy flow ocurs, it alters the entire system, producing pain or symptoms. Acupuncture works to correct the balance, and hence remove the symptoms.
Common Uses for Acupuncture
According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can be used for the treatment of:
Muscular disorders: headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, tendonitis, lower back pain, and sciatica
Digestive disorders: gastritis, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhoea
Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, recurrent chest infections, bronchitis, and asthma
Pelvic disorders: urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems including infertility
Mood disorders: anxiety, depression
How does acupuncture work?
The classical Chinese explanation of how acupuncture works is based upon the belief that there are regular patterns of energy channels throughout the body. These energy channels, or "meridians", are like rivers that flow though the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. Any obstruction of these channels will act like a dam; the backup of flow to one part of the body can also restrict the flow to other parts of the body. This blockage in the meridians can be relieved by needling the acupuncture points. With the blockage removed, the flow of qi through the meridians is restored.
From a modern scientific perspective, it is understood that needling of the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system. This causes the body to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain that can alleviate the pain or trigger further chemical and hormonal releases that influence the body's internal regulating system.
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In this clinic acpuncture is performed by experienced licensed acupuncturists and naturopathic doctors.
Are there any side effects to the acupuncture?
Most patients do not experience any side effects from acupuncture. However, a small number of patients do experience some mild side effects. These can include:
- Pain during treatment
- Minor bleeding or bruising after treatment
- Existing symptoms may temporarily worsen immediately after treatment
- Some drowsiness
- Fainting can occur in certain patients, usually during their first treatment
Is acupuncture covered by health insurance plans?
Acupuncture is covered by extended health care plans that cover licensed acupuncturists or naturopathic doctors. Today, more and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture costs for patients as they realize the long-term savings that occur as a result of healthier clients. However, you must contact your health insurance provider to find out if acupuncture treatment is covered for you.