Acupuncture is a healing practice that originated in China and dates back as early as 6,000 BCE. The medical theory of acupuncture centers on the concept of Qi energy which flows through our body’s pathways known as meridians. These meridians are connected with our organs and the imbalance of this energy causes diseases, illnesses, and infections in our body.

In an attempt to unblock and balance the flow of energy, acupuncturists insert very thin needles into specific points in the skin tissue. These points are called acupoints, we have about 350-400 of them. Medical acupuncture is often used for pain relief and other health issues.


Traditional Chinese medicine explains that being healthy is the result of a harmonious balance of “yin” and “yang” and the Illness is the consequence of its imbalance.
When Qi is blocked, it causes painful sensations or loss of function in various body parts. Acupuncturists remove blockages to increase blood circulation, which restores a healthy balance to your body.
In the 1970s, scientists identified chemicals called endorphins which can relieve pain and produce pleasure. Research suggests that inserting needles into specific acupoints can produce endorphins and elevate our pain which will trigger our body’s natural healing process and help combat diseases and illnesses. Neuroscience explains that acupoints are places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow while triggering the body’s natural painkillers.

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    In 2003, the World Health Organization listed conditions in which acupuncture has been proven effective.
    • Allergies
    • Carpal Tunnel
    • Chemotherapy (Nausea & Vomiting)
    • Cramps
    • Dental Pain
    • Facial Pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Help with Substance Dependence (Tobacco & Alcohol)
    • High & Low Blood Pressure
    • Inducing Labor
    • Morning Sickness
    • Neuralgia
    • Reducing the Risk of Stroke
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Sciatica
    • Some Gastric Conditions (Peptic Ulcer)
    • Spine Pain
    • Sprains
    • Stiff Neck
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Tourette Syndrome

    WHO also suggests that acupuncture can help treat infections.

    Acupuncture is also known to be beneficial for issues such as:

    • Headache & Migraine
    • Knee Pain
    • Lower Back Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Whooping Cough

    ACUPRESSURE -Alternative to Acupuncture

    If you are terrified of needles or feel uncomfortable with the treatment, you may find that acupressure provides the same effective results are acupuncture. Acupressure replaces needles with pressing or massaging acupoints in an attempt to increase blood circulation and unblock energy stagnation. Both treatments have proven effectiveness but acupuncture is still more effective and delivers fast results.

    Common Questions

    • How many treatments do I need?
    • Does acupuncture hurt?
    How many treatments do I need?

    Frequency and number of treatments vary from person to person. Some experience drastic relief after the first treatment. For complex or chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week may be recommended. For acute conditions, fewer visits are required. Our doctors will discuss your treatment plan for your initial visit.

    Does acupuncture hurt?

    The treatment isn’t meant to hurt but you may experience some discomfort depending on your level of pain tolerance. Sometimes your first treatment may be more painful than the following. If you feel pain, it usually goes away in a few seconds but if it persists, notify our acupuncturist. Often you won’t feel the needles being inserted but once a needle reaches its intended depth, you’re likely to feel a slight sensation.
    You can expect some points to be more sensitive than others. If a needle hits a small nerve, muscle, or blood vessel, you may feel some pain or a more intense sensation. You may feel more sensation at the points that are most relevant to your treatment because these places can contain energy stagnation. Acupuncturists may turn/ twist the needles slightly to enhance the effect.

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