What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture treats more than 80 conditions recognized by the World Health Organization.

Acupuncture is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine* and is one of the most widely used forms of medicine in the world. Over more than two thousand years, acupuncture has evolved into a complete medical system for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. It is based on an energetic model that encourages your body's natural healing ability. Vital energy called Qi (pronounced chee) flows through twenty pathways called meridians. Stimulation of acupoints found on the meridians helps to regulate the flow of Qi in the body to improve circulation, regulate immune and hormonal function, and helps the body to heal itself. During an acupuncture treatment, small hair thin needles are inserted just under the skin into specific combinations of acupoints to correct and/or maintain normal flow of qi.

Most people can benefit from Acupuncture. It can be used as an adjunct therapy to help to maintain and promote good health and well being. Acupuncture can also be beneficial for specific concerns such as:

  • Chronic or acute pain
  • Sports or work related injuries
  • Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel, Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Morning Sickness
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Irregularities and PMS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Digestive problems
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis and Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Trigeminal neuralgia and tooth pain
  • Smoking cessation

Acupuncture interacts with the body’s nervous system to initiate the release of enkephalins and beta endorphins decrease pain felt in the body, to mediate hormonal responses, and to trigger a biophysical response conductive to healing. Every acupoint has a specific function and effect on the body.

Is Acupuncture covered by medical insurance?

Acupuncture is covered by most extended health plans. Check with your insurance provider for the details of your coverage.

Do I need Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works well with other treatment modalities such as: chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal and/or other medical treatment. Acupuncture does not interfere with any medication or other treatment you are currently undergoing.

What are the risks?

Acupuncture is safe when performed by a properly trained Acupuncturist. The Acupuncturists at Market Mall Chiropractic have extensive training and experience. Only single use, pre-sterilized, high-grade stainless steel needles free of nickel are used.

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What should I expect?

The thin nature and design of the Acupuncture needle allows for relatively pain-free administration. Initially, the patient may feel a mild sensation similar but less than a mosquito bite or often no sensation is felt with insertion of the needle. It is common to feel: heaviness, numbness, tingling, warming, cooling, or a small muscle twitch. Acupuncture has a soothing effect on the nervous system and encourages the body toward a natural healing state. Patients often report feeling relaxed and notice an improvement in sleep quality.

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*What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

There are four distinct divisions of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui Na (Chinese massage), and Diet Therapy. This medical system has developed a unique model to diagnose and treat illness. A doctor of TCM diagnoses a patient by four clinical examinations: observing, listening and smelling, interviewing, and pulse taking. Treatments such as Acupuncture, herbal therapy, diet recommendations, or exercise may be prescribed to restore health and improve vitality. TCM is a holistic medicine taking into account all aspects of the individual’s wellness – both mental-emotional and physical. Treatments are specially formulated for the individual.



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