What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago, is performed to stimulate designated
points on the body in order to relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system.
This is done through the insertion of small needles, finger pressure, application of heat, or a combination thereof.
According to ancient Chinese belief, there is a network of energy called “qi” (pronounced ‘chee’) that flows through the body and connects these points through
different channels or “meridians.” These pathways are related to the organs, the muscular and nervous systems and their specific internal functions.
If there is an imbalance in the flow of the body’s energy, then pain or illness results. With acupuncture, this imbalance can be corrected.

Many physician scientists have shown that acupuncture treatments can cause the release of endorphins, natural pain relieving substances found in the brain and

spinal cord. This may explain how acupuncture is helpful in relieving pain.


Conditions Treated

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of disorders including:

  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Myofascial pain syndromeWeight loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Anxiety/panic disorders
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

How Acupuncture Is Done

The practice of acupuncture involves the acupuncturist making a diagnosis based on the review of a
patient’s symptoms, personal characteristics and a physical examination. Patients under the care
of another physician should remain so, and continue medications as prescribed by them.
Acupuncture is done with extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles made of silver and steel alloy.
There is nothing special about the needle, it is merely a tool to correct the energy imbalance in the body.
The needles used at the centre are single-
use disposable needles to keep with strict hygiene practices.

How It Feels

As acupuncture is performed, there is often a brief “needle prick” sensation as the needle
passes through the skin. Then, as the needle begins to work and the energy effect occurs,
the patient may feel numbness, heat, dull aching or tingling where the needle is located.
Some people are surprised to find treatments are actually quite relaxing—the result of the natural
pain relieving endorphins.
Acupuncture needles are left in place usually for about 15 to 20 minutes. They may be rotated by
the acupuncturist or sometimes stimulated electrically.