WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been around for 6,000 years, utilizing thin needles on specific points on the body to support the natural healing processes of the mind and body. Acupuncture sees the whole body as an integrated system and treats the root of the problem first and the symptoms second.
Acupuncture promotes the flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body. Qi, in Western Medicine, corresponds to the circulatory system, nervous system transmission, connective tissues, transportation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. It is said that imbalances of Qi (circulation, neurotransmitters, transportation) throughout the body can cause dis-ease in either the mind or body.
Disclaimer: Acupuncture works great alongside other treatments with your network of health care practitioners, and should not be prioritized if you need additional care.
Stress and Mental-Emotional
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress, help with stress management and helping regulate emotions by allowing the body to release neurotransmitters that create a feeling of relaxation and promote over-all well being. It has also been shown to help with Insomnia and other sleep issues by calming the mind and body.
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Acupuncture has been shown to regulate and balance hormones, helping with fertility for men and women, painful or irregular menses, menopause and other gynaecological conditions.
Pain Reduction and Musculo-Skeletal
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce pain such as Fibromyalgia, headaches/ migraines, etc. Along with helping alleviate musculo-skeletal dysfunctions such as TMJ dysfunction, Sciatica, repetitive strain, etc by stimulating nerves and connective tissue, and helping the nervous system produce its own natural chemicals involved in pain relief.
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Acupuncture has been shown to help alleviate the distress related to GI conditions such as diarrhea, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohns, etc. by helping with metabolism, and maintaining healthy functions of the organ systems. It has also been shown helpful to help aid in weight loss by helping to regulate GI functions and balancing the hormones.
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Acupuncture has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of Colds and Flus, asthma, bronchitis by helping to open up the oxygen pathways and reduce any inflammation in the airways. Acupuncture is also effective for alleviating cravings while helping to quit smoking.
Acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial to alleviate symptoms of UTI's (Urinary Tract Infections), prostatitis, and urinary issues by reducing inflammation from the surrounding organ system or muscles, along with removing blockages from the urinary system.