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The following section contains answers to questions that we are frequently asked about acupuncture.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance. Acupuncture is one component of Traditional Chinese medicine which aims to balance energy and blood in the body in order to keep it functional and healthy.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called "endorphins." Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, and general relaxation.

How is acupuncture used today?

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The World Health Organization has identified the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including:
  • Digestive disorders: gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic bowel, constipation, diarrhea
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendinitis, sciatica, arthritis
  • Urinary, menstrual and reproductive disorders
  • Addiction, insomnia

Are there any adverse effects or risks to the treatment?

One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Only sterile, disposable needles are used, preventing any risk of infection.

Where do people learn acupuncture?

1. Five-six years medical doctor program in China
2.One month-six months program in China
3. Three-four years acupuncture school in Canada(e.g) B.C
4. Three part acupuncture course for physicians and physiotherapist (Acupuncture Foundation of Canada)

Does it hurt?

Most patients feel no pain at all and some patients feel only minimal discomfort.

How often do you need treatments?

One or two times a week

How many treatments will it take?

The number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated. On average six to eight treatments are required. The treatments usually last between 30 and 45 minutes.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?


What is involved in the first appointment?

At your first appointment, the doctor will take a case history. There will be some basic physical examination such as checking your tongue, taking your pulse etc. Then the doctor will decide upon a plan of treatment.

Is there any special advice to follow before an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture treatment can be done at any time. Patients are advised to eat food before treatments.

What about after treatment?

After treatment a short rest of about 20 minutes is desirable.

Is there insurance coverage of the acupuncture treatment?

Medicare does not cover acupuncture treatment. But if the practitioner passes the acupuncture qualifying exam, private insurance companies more than likely cover the treatment.

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