Acupuncture is a centuries-old Chinese medical technique, involving the careful insertion of small needles along selected points on the body, used to treat imbalances and obstructions in various organ systems. In traditional Chinese medicine theory, pathologies are the result of relative deficiency or excess in the body – which you may have heard referred to as the inequity between the yin and yang. Acupuncture stimulates the restoration of balance in the body, resulting in organs that function optimally and in harmony with all other body systems. Some of the conditions successfully treated by acupuncture include:
The World Health Organization has published a study of conditions that have been proven, through controlled trials, to be treated effectively with acupuncture. Some of these conditions include:
- Depression and Mood Imbalances
- Digestive Conditions
- High Blood Pressure
- Labour Induction
- Low Back Pain
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Morning Sickness
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture has also shown to be very effective in the treatment of infertility, fibromyalgia, menopausal symptoms, and mental-emotional distress.
Many extended health plans will cover acupuncture treatments by your naturopathic doctor, and these can be made as a separate claim from your regular visits. Please check with your extended health provider for details.