What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of therapy where a trained practitioner inserts a very fine needle into a specific point on the body. These needles stimulate the nervous system to create certain substances in the body such as neurotransmitters, endorphins, pain relieving signals, and specific hormones. The location of needle insertion is determined based on your symptoms, health conditions, medications used, and medical history. Needles are inserted in areas according to a complex network of meridians and human anatomy.
Acupuncture is most commonly used for:
Arthritis and other painful conditions
Infertility (men and women)
Women’s health conditions
Anxiety and depression
Low back pain
Side effects of cancer treatment
Acupuncture has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the amazing thing is that modern day research has shown that acupuncture is highly effective for many different health conditions and symptoms.
Combining clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, physical therapy, and evidence informed supplementation act in conjunction with acupuncture to heal the body from multiple angles. Naturopathic doctors are trained and knowledgable in all of the above areas, and can create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for your health needs.
What to expect
Each acupuncture session is between 30-60 minutes long. A small prick is felt when the needle is first inserted, and relaxation techniques can be used to minimize any discomfort.
At first, weekly sessions of acupuncture are recommended, the frequency of appointments then decreases as symptoms fade and your health improves.
Ready to start feeling better? Our Collingwood naturopathic doctors are able to provide acupuncture for your health needs.
Book a complimentary consultation today to see if acupuncture is right for you.