Acupuncture is the technique of inserting sterile, hair-thin, one-time-use needles through the skin at specific points in the body. This incredibly ancient system of medicine originated in China thousands of years ago and only recently become popular in North America.
The fundamental principle of acupuncture and Chinese medicine involves the flow of energy or life force qi (chi) through pathways called meridians to the various regions of the body. When that flow is impeded, it can cause disease and/or distress. It is thought that wellness in mind and body can be improved by accessing specific acupuncture points on those pathways to allow normal flow of qi.
An initial acupuncture session gathers information with an Intake Assessment that involves detailed sharing of history and health. This enables the acupuncturist to diagnose and treat issues using acupuncture treatments.
An acupuncture treatment is generally a relaxing and calming treatment with minimal discomfort from the needles.
Treatment sessions usually last one hour; this includes insertion of the acupuncture needles in several locations on the body as well as an approximately 30-minute rest period while the needles are in place.
Registered Acupuncturists complete extensive studies and practice many hours of clinical training in addition to upholding the standards of the registration organization. In Ontario that is the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, the governing body that regulates the profession in Ontario.
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Susan Koning, B.Sc., R.Ac