What is acupuncture?
Originating in China over 3000 years ago, Acupuncture is a procedure that involves the insertion of thin needles into your skin which stimulate strategic acupuncture points. These points lie on 14 channels that run along the body that carry energy, known as “qi”. When energy (“qi”) flow is hindered, the result is pain. The insertion of needles re-balance and harmonize your flow of energy (“qi”) to promote your body’s own healing process.
This natural, alternative treatment can ease emotional pain such as stress or depression, relieve physical pain, symptoms of severe illnesses, to allergies or a common cold. You can visit the acupuncture clinic near you in Calgary, to undergo the procedure.
What can acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health have endorsed acupuncture as an effective, natural treatment for several conditions, some of which are listed below:
Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological
Headaches, Migraines, Facial Paralysis, Stroke, Neck, Shoulders, Lower Back Stiffness and Pain, Sciatica, Knee Pain, Ankle Pain, MVA.Injuries, Sport Injuries, Muscle Pain, Arthritic, Osteoarthritis, Inflammation, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Sprains , Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Internal disease
Allergies, Dizziness, Low Energy, Chronic Fatigue, Cold Limbs, Asthma, Diabetes, Indigestion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomachache
Acne, Herpes (Shingles)
- External Infections
Common Colds and Flu, Bronchitis
- Reproductive Concerns
PMS, Menstrual Irregular, Menstrual Cramps, Menopause Symptoms, Hot Flash, Low Sex Drive, Impotence, Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction
Anti-Aging, Weight Control, Smoking Cessation, Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol
What should you expect during your treatment?
The beginning of your treatment will be to discuss your chief complaint, and to answer a variety of questions pertaining to diet, sleep, menstruation, mood etc. In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that everything is connected, so even time of day and season of the year are considered when diagnosing. Finally, the acupuncturist will look at your tongue, and feel for pulse quality to create a specific treatment plan based on your body’s needs.
Once the points are chosen, the acupuncturist will ask you to lay either face up on face down depending of the selected points. The points may be located in the spot of physical pain, or distally.
Once the needles are inserted, the patient will rest for approximately 20 minutes, enough time for the flow of energy (“qi”) to circulate through the body. Then, the needles are removed.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Unlike other procedures or prescription drugs, acupuncture has minimal side effects. It is regulated in the province of Alberta, with the highest standards of safety. Acupuncture enables your nervous system and tissues to rejuvenate and heal themselves, based on influencing the flow of energy (“qi”), releasing stress, easing pain, and harmonizing the body.
Meet our Acupuncturists in Calgary, CA
At the Centennial Wellness, our specialists use Acupuncture as well as other Traditional Chinese Medical modalities as a complementary medical practice. Acupuncture stimulates your nerves and tissues using sterile needles that penetrate your skin to assist the body to harmonize and heal itself, while Chinese Medical procedures like fire cupping and tui na, a form of Chinese massage are effective in relief of physical pain.
We have flexible schedules, and our clinic is open on Saturdays. Please visit us today and see how Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can benefit you.