What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and involves insertion of very thin, single use needles into specific points on the body along meridians or channels where energy flows. The TCM label this energy as qi or chi (CHEE). By contrast, the Western Medical viewpoint is that acupuncture activates nerves, muscles and connective tissue increasing pain relief, promoting blood flow, while decreasing inflammation and stimulating healing.

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain, including low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and can be used in conjunction with other hands on therapies including physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy and massage therapy. It can also be used during pregnancy to deal with the muscular discomfort, to induce labor for post-dates pregnancy, or fertility during conception period. Acupuncture can be used for most conditions including anxiety, stress, depression, fibromyalgia, digestive discomfort, menstrual irregularities, hot flashes, etc.