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What can acupuncture treat?
In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.”
In this report acupuncture was recognized for being effective for a variety of chronic health problems including:
Mental emotional conditions – anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions and insomnia
Neurological Conditions – Bells Palsy, migraines and headaches, Meniere’s syndrome, peripheral neuropathies, and carpal tunnel syndrome
Musculo-skeletal Conditions – Fibromyalgia, neck and low back pain, osteo-arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sport injuries or trauma, and sciatica
Respiratory System Conditions – Allergies, common cold and the flu, rhinitis, bronchitis, and asthma
Gastrointestinal Conditions – Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, and gastric ulcers
Gynecological Conditions – PMS, infertility, menopausal sysndrome, irregular periods, and infertility
There is over two thousand years of empirical evidence pointing to the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of health concerns.
What does acupuncture feel like, does it hurt?
For most people acupuncture is a comfortable, even pleasant experience. During treatment very fine filiform needles are inserted into specific points on the body related to the chief complaint. Discomfort during treatment is rare and usually passes quickly.
Sometimes there may be a feeling of warmth or tingling sensation around an acupuncture point, which is know as ‘De Qi’ or arrival of Qi (vital energy). Acupuncture is known to release endogenous endorphins, the body’s natural analgesics. Many clients report feeling deeply relaxed both during and after treatment. This relaxation response is deeply restorative.
Is it safe?
When practiced by a registered acupuncturist (R Ac) acupuncture is very safe and has few negative side effect. In British Columbia acupuncture is board regulated by
the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA). All registrants have completed extensive training ensuring the highest standard of care. All needles are single use and disposed after treatment.
Is it covered?
In British Columbia acupuncture is partially funded for MSP premium assistance client (under $28.000 a year) for a total of ten visits per year. Most third party health insurers cover acupuncture, please check with your provider.
How long does it take to work?
Acupuncture works quickly for many conditions. There may be a significant relief from symptoms even after one session. However, an initial series of 5 treatments is suggested to effectively evaluate if acupuncture is the right therapy for your condition.
Acute conditions tend to resolve quicker than chronic, long term problems. Age is also a factor for how quickly someone will respond to treatment. For severe pain problems 2- 3 sessions per week is recommended until discomfort has decreased by 50%.
Are you curious if acupuncture can help? Call Silas at (250) 884 7061 or email to book a session today