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Acupuncture

This treatment involves the use of very thin sterile needles that promote proper flow of energy and overall circulation

Naturopathic acupuncture is part of a system of healing that has been practiced in China and other East Asian countries for over 2500 years.  Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of symptoms and illnesses.  In fact, the World Health Organization has cited the effectiveness of acupuncture for over 43 conditions (eg: digestive, respiratory, musculo-skeletal, neurological and reproductive).  Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.  According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as Qi (pronounced “chee”) – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.

Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities – Yin and Yang – and when these become unbalanced, illness may result.  By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, the naturopath can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors.  These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.  The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Acupuncture can benefit those with:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy (cancer treatments)
  • Addictions and cravings (eg: smoking, recreational drugs, food, etc.)
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Asthma
  • Biliary colic
  • Bursitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary (painful menstruation cramps)
  • Earache, ringing of ears (tinnitus)
  • Endometriosis
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders, trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gall bladder pain / spasm
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential (high blood pressure)
  • Hypotension, primary (low blood pressure)
  • Induction of labour
  • Infertility
  • Knee pain
  • Labour pain
  • Leukopenia (low white blood cells)
  • Low back pain
  • Low energy
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Menopause
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting (eg: of pregnancy, chemotherapy side effects)
  • Neck pain
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ovarian dysfunction (eg: PCOS)
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • PMS
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Sprain
  • Stress effects
  • Stroke (post-stroke paralysis)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Weight loss