Acupuncture involves the insertion of small, thin needles into
certain acupuncture points on the body, of which there are over
400. In Asian healthcare systems, traditional medicine (including
acupuncture) is integrated into hospital protocols.
The World Health Organization acknowledges that acupuncture
is an effective treatment for well over 100 medical conditions.
Of these conditions, the following are relevant to my practice:
Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety,
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Neurological Disorders including stroke, shingles neuralgia
and bell’s palsy
Cardiovascular Disease including hypertension,
coronary artery disease and angina
Chronic pain and overuse injuries
Certain acupuncture points are stimulated on the body which improves blood and qi (energy) flow to these areas. As well, this allows a release of neurotransmitters and hormones from these areas leading to an improvement in healing.
After an initial visit (90 minutes), if we decide that your treatment plan includes acupuncture it is best to come for 4 to 6 sessions to see benefit. These follow-up acupuncture appointments are approximately 45 minutes in duration. While you have the acupuncture needles in, it is best to try to relax with the calming music or meditations played.