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Natural Health Holistic Acupuncture Naturopath

What is it?

Acupuncture is a healing technique that is over 3000 years old. It originated in China and is practiced on almost every continent due to its efficacy. Acupuncture is all about balance - Qi or vital energy runs in our bodies in channels to nourish organs and tissues. When Qi is depleted, in excess or blocked it can cause pain, dysfunction and illness.

Each treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin, sterile needles into specific points on the channels to affect the flow of qi and restore balance.

Acupuncture has been studied and proven to stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. Research shows that acupuncture improves blood flow, reduces inflammation, stimulates the release of endorphins (natural pain relievers) and serotonin which helps to elevate mood. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

How many treatments will I need?

There's no one-size-fits all answer when it comes to health – every person is unique and responds differently. Acupuncture treatments are more gradual and have a cumulative effect. The number and frequency of treatments are based upon the condition being treated, how long you’ve been afflicted and how well you stick to the treatment plan. In general, you will need about 5-6 appointments for acute conditions and 10-12 appointments for chronic conditions.

Patients have often reported improvement in overall health, digestion, sleep and stress levels within 1-3 treatments.

For facial rejuvenation acupuncture, 10 treatments once weekly or biweekly are recommended to see optimal results.  After that, you may require maintenance sessions every four to eight weeks or once per season.

Does it hurt?

The experience is individual to each person, but acupuncture does not usually cause pain or discomfort. You may feel a small pinch or nothing at all. Once the needles have been inserted, you are likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. These are signs that the treatment is working, and the acupuncture point is being activated. After all the needles are inserted, most patients feel relaxed and often fall asleep.

What to expect at the initial visit?

First there is a consultation where we will discuss your health concerns and a head-to-toe holistic overview of physical symptoms and emotions. Next will be a brief examination of your tongue, pulse taking on both wrists and assessment of relevant areas of concerns. Then you will lie on the table; it is recommended that you wear (or bring) loose fitting clothing for your comfort and make it easy to access the acupuncture points. Make sure to be hydrated and eat a light meal, which will reduce any lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting after the session.


Acupuncture is proven to be effective for:

  • Anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress

  • Nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, diarrhea, constipation, IBS

  • Headaches, migraines, stroke rehabilitation

  • Cold/flu, sinus infections, asthma, allergies

  • Menstrual irregularities, infertility, menopause

  • Chronic pain from injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia

  • Heart palpitations, high blood pressure, angina

  • Weight loss support

  • Pregnancy related concerns: morning sickness, breech birth presentation & induction of labor.

  • Drug, alcohol or tobacco cessation

  • Radiation and chemotherapy reactions

  • Cosmetic purposes including minimizing wrinkles, lifting sagging skin, and evening out skin color and tone.

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