Acupuncture is the practice of inserting small, thin needles into specific points on the body. It has been practiced in China for thousands of years, and has become increasingly popular in North America over the last few decades because of the wide range of therapeutic benefits attributed to the practice. It is a widely recognized and accredited drug-free alternative to traditional North American medicine. In addition, it is usually painless and relaxing, and very safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends and endorses acupuncture as an effective treatment of respiratory and bronchopulmonary diseases, and many orthopedic, gastrointestinal and neurological disorders as well. It also acknowledges the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture on more than 60 other diseases, symptoms and conditions.
Acupuncture needles access meridians on the body which promote the balance and flow of healthy energy (qi) – claimed around the world to be the building block of a healthy body. Acupuncture stimulation to nerves, muscles and connective tissue increases blood flow in addition to triggering the use of the body’s natural painkillers.
Acupuncture, when performed by a registered practitioner, is safe and has very few side effects. It is widely documented to be effective in treating a large variety of disorders, from pain management to nausea to menopause-induced hot flashes. Acupuncture treatment is tailored to each patient, depending on his/ her unique medical situation.
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