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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world today, dating back over 4,000 years.  Acupuncture balances the body for optimal health by stimulating specific locations, or points, in the body with acupuncture needles, acupressure, heat, or electricity.  The locations of these points lie along pathways, called meridians.  Current research shows evidence of acupuncture decreasing pain, reducing inflammation, calming nerves, aiding digestion, improving sleep, preventing nausea, strengthening the immune system and much more.  Acupuncture is effective as a wellness and preventive medicine, and for both acute and chronic conditions.

Trigger point dry needling is considered a form of acupuncture which focuses on needling trigger points in the body rather than meridian points. TDN is often used for neuromuscular skeletal conditions, such as repetitive stress injuries, neck pain, headaches, muscle tendonitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff impingement, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Following a personal and confidential consultation, your acupuncturist will create a customized plan to assist in achieving your personal healthcare goals. 

During the acupuncture session, extremely fine, sterile, single-use disposable acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points on the body according to the client's individual presentation.  It is common for clients to experience a feeling of general warmth or a tingling sensation during the treatment.  

While treatment times vary according to each individual’s needs, a typical session lasts approximately 25 minutes.  While many clients experience quick relief from acupuncture, the therapy is best used in a series of treatments to relieve acute and chronic conditions, correct imbalances, and maintain optimal health.  As health improves, fewer visits are necessary.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled clinical trials to be an effective treatment include:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

Allergic rhinitis 

Biliary colic

Depression

Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhea, primary

Epigastralgia, acute

Facial pain

Headache

Hypertension, essential

Hypotension, primary

Induction of labour

Knee pain

Leukopenia

Low back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction of

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis

Sciatica

Sprain

Stroke

Tennis Elbow

 

Other common diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture has been shown effective but further study is currently being done include:

Abdominal Pain

Acne vulgaris

Alcohol dependence and detoxification

Bell’s palsy

Bronchial asthma

Cancer pain

Cardiac neurosis

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation

Cholelithiasis

Competition stress syndrome

Craniocerebral injury, closed

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

Earache

Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

Epistaxis, simple

Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

Female infertility

Facial spasm

Female urethral syndrome

Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

Gastrokinetic disturbance

Gouty arthritis

Hepatitis B virus carrier status

Herpes zoster

Hyperlipaemia

Hypo-ovarianism

Insomnia

Labour pain

Lactation, deficiency

Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

Ménière disease

Neuralgia, post-herpetic

Neurodermatitis

Obesity

Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

Osteoarthritis

Pain due to endoscopic examination

Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Postextubation in children

Postoperative convalescence

Premenstrual syndrome

Prostatitis, chronic

Pruritus

Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Raynaud syndrome, primary

Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Retention of urine, traumatic

Schizophrenia          

Sialism, drug-induced

Sjögren syndrome

Sore throat

Spine pain, acute Stiff neck

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Tietze syndrome

Tobacco dependence

Tourette syndrome

Ulcerative colitis, chronic

Urolithiasis Vascular dementia

Whooping cough

Please visit the WHO website for the complete list:    http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf

The National Institutes of Health have also compiled their own data and issued a consensus statement regarding the benefits of acupuncture therapy on numerous conditions and symptoms. These include postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy, and postoperative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia (general muscle pain), low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.  

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