Acupuncture and Asian Medicine – FAQs
What is it?
Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin at various “acupuncture points”, and/or into muscular “trigger points” along the body.
How does it work?
There are many theories pertaining to the exact mechanism of acupuncture. One theory is that insertion of a needle near a nerve causes activation of neurohormonal pathways; the nerve sends a signal to the brain and the brain produces neural hormones. Another theory is that acupuncture reduces pro-inflammatory markers, which in turn decreases pain and inflammation.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
As more research is conducted, the body of evidence supporting the use of acupuncture in chronic illness continues to increase. Acupuncture can be beneficial for neuropathy, fertility, arthritis, nausea, depression, PTSD, anxiety, digestive issues, asthma & allergies, etc.
How long is a treatment session? How many treatment sessions are needed?
Treatments last between 30-45 minutes per session. I encourage patients to eat a meal a couple of hours before treatment, and to empty their bowels before starting treatment, in order to feel comfortable. In the long-term, the amount of treatment sessions depends on how long your health concern has been affecting you, and how well you respond to treatment. Nutrition, botanical medicines, and general relaxation exercises will be used along with acupuncture treatment to address the whole person.
What is cupping?
If you are a sports fan, you may have noticed your favourite athletes show up to play with strange circular welts on their backs, arms, shoulders, and/or legs. Cupping treatment involves placing suction cups of various sizes on affected muscles to reduce pain & inflammation, and promote blood flow & relaxation through deep tissue massage.
What is “Electro-stim”?
Electro-stim involves places electrodes on the ends of inserted acupuncture needles to either achieve a decrease in pain scores, or activate musculature. Electro-stim acupuncture can provide pain relief in arthritis, injury, and neuropathy.