Nowadays practiced around the world, acupuncture is a medical science over 5000 years old currently used around the world. For centuries Chinese have observed the functions of the human body as well as those of the animal and plant life. They consider the universe and its life forms as one.
Acupuncture is the result of the analysis the observations. It is both a natural and empirical science.
Acupuncture is an energy medicine. It presumes the presence of a vital energy essential to life. That circulates through the entire body. If the energy circulates with harmony, there is health. The energy is carried through a net work of channels known as meridians, these meridians route the energy used to nourish the brain, the organs, the muscles, the glands and all other system, throughout the organism.
Once in a while energy circulation may be slowed down or blocked. Fatigue or soreness will then be felt. Several factors may be the source of disruption to the energy flow: stress, poor diet, emotions, traumas, weather variations, and environmental factors.
Acupuncture sees the individual as a whole with strengths and weaknesses, this concept is called the terrain. This oriental science does not only consider the symptoms, but rather seeks the initial couse of the imbalance, and it treats the problem at its very source.
Energy circulates within the meridians in an orderly fashion. On these meridians are found points that have a therapeutic function. The treatment consists in stimulating these precise points on the body using extremely fine needles. This has the objective of resetting the energy flows that were blocked and to revitalize the organism.
The needling sensation is similar to a mosquito bit and lasts only a split second. Moreover , the sedative effects of acupuncture often lead to relaxation during the treatment. Over 90% of our illness come from modern life stress and emotions.
Acupuncture is one of the most efficient forms of medecine to treat psychosomatic disorders.
1. Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders
Toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, rhinitis
2. Respiratory Disorders
Colds & flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema
3. Gastrointestinal Disorders
Nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, colitis
4. Circulator Disorders
Hypertension, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris
5. Urogenital Disorders
Cystitis, stress incontinence, neurogenic, bladder, prostatitis, prostatic hypertrophy
6. Gynecological Disorders
Menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, infertility, menopausal syndrome
7. Musculoskeletal Disorders
Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel, syndrome, fibromyalgia
8. Psychoemotional, & Neurological
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, intercostals neuralgia, post-stroke paralysis, dizziness, tinnitus In addition, acupuncture has been used for centuries throughout Asia to treat hundreds of other problems.
1. Do I have to believe in it for results?
It is not necessary to believe in acupuncture for better results. The proof lies on the effectiveness of the treatments on children and animals.
2. Does the treatment effect last?
The effects of acupuncture treatments are long lasting. However, one must complete the whole series of treatments to consolidate the healing and achieve lasting results.
3. How many treatment sessions are necessary?
The number of sessions varies with the nature and age of the problem as well as the patient’s health. In severe cases, close sessions are necessary. For chronic illnesses, treatments are less frequent, and are provided until the patient’s health stabilizes.
4. Is there a risk of transmission of diseases?
The needles are made of stainless steel, they are fine and full. No substance is injected in the body. Acupuncturists use sterile single use needles.
5. Does health insurance pay for the cost of treatment?
Treatments are not paid by the Regie de l’assurance-maladie du Quebec. However, a growing number of insurance companies reimburse part or all the cost of the treatment. Contact your insurance broker, and insist that he adds acupuncture treatments to your insurance policy.
Acupuncture helps restore health without using chemical substances and without side effects. It is a medical science based on both prevention and healing. It regulates the functions for digestion, elimination and oxygenation of tissues. It enhances the body’s resistance to stress and increases the efficiency of the immune system. It is a science that will be increasingly used because of the balance it provides.
Preciously, the Corporation professionnelle des medicines du Quebec ruled over the practice of acupuncture. Since July 1995, the Ordre des acupuncteurs du Quebec has taken on that responsibility.