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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain for therapeutic purposes. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.

Acupuncture points (also referred to as 'acupoints') are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along 'meridians' or 'channels' that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced 'Chee') flows through the body. A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as 'de Qi'.

The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Lifting, twisting, and rotating are some of the needling techniques a practitioner may use.

Please refer to the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute web page for further information.

Acupuncture needles

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