Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture points are located on meridians in the body, through which vital energy (Qi) flows. Needling specific acupuncture points can remove obstructions and improve the natural flow of Qi or energy throughout the body.
Acupuncture works to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce/relieve pain and improve the function of affected areas. Acupuncture treatments are often used as an alternative to medication or surgery, but they can also be used in combination with other naturopathic or pharmaceutical therapies.
Common Uses for Acupuncture:
- Chronic and acute pain
- Sprains, strains and arthritis
- Headaches and migraines
- Asthma and allergies
- Skin conditions
- Anxiety and depression
- Menstrual and fertility problems
- Quitting smoking
- Adjunctive cancer care
- Anxiety and stress
Acupuncture is also offered under naturopathic services and is covered under most Extended Health Care Plans.
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