Could Acupuncture Help?
Did you know that among multiple naturopathic modalities, naturopathic doctors are trained in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles which are inserted into specific points along meridians on the body with a goal of balancing Qi (energy). These points are chosen by the practitioner based on an individualized holistic assessment. The duration and frequency of treatments are also chosen based on that individual’s needs. Needles usually stay in place for about 20 minutes on average. Electroacupuncture may also be used to help stimulate points (this feels similar to a TENS machine). Acupuncture is usually combined with other naturopathic therapies which may include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and lifestyle counselling.
Acupuncture can be helpful for improving many health conditions and symptoms, some of these include:
Nausea/vomiting (eg. from chemotherapy or during pregnancy)
Painful and/or irregular periods
Relieving hot flashes
Relieving cold, sinus and allergy symptoms
Acupuncture is also a very safe intervention when in the hands of a competent practitioner. Adverse effects are rare. Acupuncture needles used are single use sterile needles that come in individual sterile packages. Practitioners use clean technique during insertion and removal. All acupuncture needles are discarded in an appropriate sharps container at the end of the session. You can receive acupuncture sitting or lying, however you are most comfortable!
Ask your health care practitioner to see if acupuncture would be an appropriate addition to your wellness plan! Contact us to learn more about acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.
– Dr. Dean, ND