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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 5000 year old healing art. It uses needles, carefully inserted into specific points to encourage the body to strengthen from within and combat disease using its natural repair mechanisms.

How does acupuncture work?

Oriental medicine is based on the premise that energy, or "chi", circulates throughout the body in pathways or channels. When there is balance, the energy flows smoothly and there is vibrant health. When the body is imbalanced, blockages arise and manifest themselves along the channels which create illness. Acupuncture needles are specifically placed to free up the blockages, allowing a smooth flow of energy to restore health to the whole body.

Acupuncture commonly treats:

  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • PMS
  • Addictions (e.g. smoking)
  • Labour induction

Is acupuncture painful?

During the insertion of the needles, patients are often very surprised at how little discomfort they cause. The insertion of the needles may feel like a mosquito bite, however this sensation usually disappears completely after a few seconds. Most people find the treatment very relaxing and it is not uncommon to fall asleep.

*We only use single-use sterile disposable needles at this clinic.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments is dependent on the individual and the condition. An acute minor injury may require a few treatments, however a chronic problem may require many treatments. Treatments take about 20 to 30 minutes.

Call Central Avenue Health Centre today on (306) 651 - 2225 to schedule an acupuncture appointment with our professional acupuncturist.