What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a wellness treatment that dates back thousands of years to its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of needles into the body in order to help soothe ailing muscles that would otherwise create chronic pain.

Your acupuncturist will use a special type of needle to penetrate your skin in carefully-chosen areas that have an influence on your tissue, nerves, and muscles. These needles are specially designed to be very thin so as to not create discomfort when they penetrate your skin.


Acupuncture is believed to release chemicals into the body — specifically the spinal cord, brain, and muscles — by stimulating the central nervous system. These chemicals are said to expedite the body’s healing abilities, and are also instrumental in promoting physical and emotional well-being



Acupuncture may help the symptoms associated with:

  • Pain (Whether its acute or chronic)
  • Headaches (including tension headaches or migraines)
  • Digestion issues
  • Sciatica
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic pain
  • Dental pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Respiratory disorders


Given that it is an invasive practice, it is natural to wonder whether or not an acupuncture treatment will hurt. This is especially true if it is your first treatment. However, acupuncture doesn’t hurt. Although it can vary based on the sensitivity of the individual, most acupuncture patients do not feel anything. Of course, everybody is different, and some areas may be more vulnerable to pain for some patients. It’s important to communicate with your acupuncturist if you are experiencing any pain. They will be sure to re-position you so that you are more comfortable

Frequency of sessions

The frequency of sessions are based on individual needs. To maximize the effects of Acupuncture it is recommended that a course of 6 to 8 treatments are carried out at weekly intervals to begin with. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it's common to receive six to eight treatments.

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