What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China more than 3,000 years ago and has been used as a natural, safe, drug-free approach to well-being. 

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, pre-sterilized, disposable stainless steel needles into the skin along the 12 acupuncture meridians and over 365 acupuncture points.

Meridians are an invisible framework covering the entire body, which allows communication between the various body systems. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory states that meridians carry Qi (chi) and blood throughout the body. Any obstruction in the flow of Qi and blood will result in physical, mental, and emotional imbalances and disease. 

Acupuncture regulates various physiological functions in the body and stimulates the body's natural ability to heal by promoting the free flow of Qi and blood. 

What can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as effective for over 40 common disorders including: neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, reproductive and gynaecological disorders, mental emotional problems, gastrointestinal conditions, and many more.

Pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Muscle pain

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain

  • Leg, ankle and foot pain

  • Arm, wrist and hand pain

  • Knee pain

  • Hip pain

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Jaw pain (TMJ)

  • Sciatica

  • Arthritis

  • Headaches and migraines

Digestive Issues

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Chronic indigestion

  • Chronic loose stools or constipation

  • Nausea and vomiting

 

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible and are slightly thicker then the size of a hair. Acupuncture needles are so fine that approximately 30-40 acupuncture needles can fit into the opening of a conventional medical syringe.

 

When inserted into the skin they feel like a mosquito bite. There are different needling sensations that can be experienced around the insertion site such as tingling, an electrical sensation, warming, radiating, heaviness, and a dull ache. Many people find acupuncture quite relaxing and fall asleep during treatment.