Many people are aware of acupuncture therapy – the penetration of the body by thin needles to stimulate specific anatomic sites (acupoints) to promote natural self-healing. Acupuncture has been an accepted therapy technique in many parts of the world, including British Columbia, where it has been regulated since 1996.
Acupuncture is based on a 3,000-year-old Traditional Chinese Medicine healing technique. Its greatest benefits seem to be related to pain relief. Many claims as to its efficacy have been made and many studies have been conducted to document its value in treating various conditions and ailments.
In Support of Acupuncture
Researchers have documented the benefits of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting related to surgery, the aftereffects of chemotherapy, and post-operative dental pain. Acupuncture Victoria BC therapists may also use acupuncture to treat:
- Facilitate stroke rehabilitation
- Menstrual pain
- Tennis elbow
- Myofascial pain
- Neck and lower back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Asthma and allergies
Acupuncture is used as an alternative, adjunct treatment as part of a comprehensive health and pain management program.
History behind the Needles
Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is used to bring the two opposing forces, yin and yang, into balance. When balanced, the body is healthy and energy (“qi” – chee) flows freely throughout the body on specific pathways – meridians.
When the qi is blocked, the disruption can reduce overall function; illness and/or pain may manifest in the body. Acupuncture therapy releases those blocks to restore qi and facilitate the body’s natural healing abilities.
Does it hurt? Is it safe?
“Does it hurt?” is not a childish to the person who is needle phobic. Most people feel little or no discomfort as the very thin needles are placed through the skin at strategic qi points. Treatment lasts between 5 and 30 minutes during which the patient lies quietly on the treatment table.
Acupuncture Victoria BC therapists are required to use sterile, disposable needles. There is some risk of soreness, minor bleeding or bruising at the insertion sites; if the needles are pushed in too deeply, they could puncture an internal organ (an extremely rare complication when being treated by an experienced practitioner).
Some patients are not good candidates for acupuncture. Acupuncture may not be an appropriate therapy for patients being treated for a bleeding disorder or taking prescribed blood thinners, have a pacemaker, or are pregnant.
Choosing a Practitioner
Many primary care physicians partner with complementary therapists such as acupuncture Victoria BC therapists. Your doctor may provide a referral for you. If you choose to act independently, it is still wise to first consult with your doctor to ensure there is no known medical reason for you not to utilize acupuncture therapy. For more information click at acupuncture Victoria BC .