What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that has been used for centuries. It is based on the theory that there is energy, called chi (aka qi), flowing through your body. Chi is thought to flow along energy pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe a blocking or imbalance of the flow of chi at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Chinese medicine practitioners use acupuncture to unblock and rebalance the flow of chi to restore health.

People often use acupuncture to relieve pain. Some Western medical researchers believe that acupuncture may reduce pain through the production of body chemicals that have calming effects (endorphins). Or that it may reduce pain by affecting glands such as the hypothalamus which produce substances that regulate the body.

Chinese acupuncture usually is done by putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. Other types of acupuncture may use heat, pressure, or mild electrical current to stimulate energy flow along these meridians.

What is acupuncture used for?

People use acupuncture to relieve pain and treat certain health conditions. You can use it by itself or as part of a treatment program. Numerous studies have found promising results for the use of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy, to assist with chemotherapy, and for postsurgical pain. Acupuncture also may be useful for:

  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Headache. A study shows that adding acupuncture to standard treatment may facilitate significant, long-lasting relief from chronic headaches, especially migraines
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia, or widespread pain and tenderness of muscle and soft tissue
  • Myofascial pain, caused by spasm in the muscles
  • Osteoarthritis, or the breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) that protects and cushions joints.  Studies have found that acupuncture can reduce knee pain and increase movement of the knee in people with osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Drug addiction. Acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of withdrawal. It may also help prevent a relapse
  • Dental pain
  • Labour pain

Is acupuncture safe?

In general, acupuncture is safe when done by a certified Acupuncturist. A provincial licence ensures that the acupuncturist has a certain level of training and follows certain practice guidelines. But there are still a few provinces where acupuncture is not licensed.


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