Acupuncture has been used for over 2000 years as part of a complete system of medicine that originated in China, known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the body.
Acupuncture works to encourage the body's innate healing abilities. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, physical and mental-emotional symptoms arise from blockages and imbalances within meridians. Chosen acupuncture points help to restore balance and flow by releasing blockages. From a western medical point of view, acupuncture works by improving circulation, releasing muscle tension through trigger point release, and modulating the release of hormones and neurotransmitters.
Naturopathic physicians, doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and registered acupuncturists are all licensed to perform acupuncture. Treatments are individualized and typically last for 45 minutes in duration.
Common Health Concerns Addressed with Acupuncture:
- Fertility concerns (including adjunctive treatment with IUI and IVF)
- Hormone imbalance
- Menstrual irregularities
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Nausea & vomiting in pregnancy
- Cervical ripening for birth preparation
- Chronic muscle pain
- Acute muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Migraine & tension headaches
- DIgestive concerns
- Smoking cessation & addiction
- Chronic sinusitis