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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It is a therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of the affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of fine, flexible needles through the skin and tissue at specific points in the body stimulating the meridians (pathways of energy). The insertion points are chosen based on an assessment by the practitioner and the needles are generally left in place for 20 mins. The needles may also be coupled with heat or the electrodes of an electroacupuncture machine to further assist with pain reduction.

How Does it Work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to produce endorphins – it’s own pain relieving chemicals. Endorphins help to stop pain messages from getting to the brain thus providing pain relief. It also helps to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation and promoting overall well-being. 


Acupuncture is a safe modality that may only be performed by trained professionals; however, there are possible side effects such as:

  •  Minor bleeding or bruising
  •  Temporary aggravation of symptoms
  •  Fainting or lightheadedness

In order to minimize risk of infection, the skin is prepped and the needles are pre-sterilized, single use. 

Does it Hurt?

Everyone experiences different sensations with acupuncture. Most feel only minimal discomfort (if any) at the time of insertion, which quickly resolves. Some individuals report an ache, warmth and/or tingling along the meridian being stimulated. 

As everyone’s situation is unique always consult a registered health professional to help create a management plan that’s effective and safe for you!