What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice that involves inserting very thin needles at particular locations on the body, called acupuncture points, to enhance the flow of energy (called Qi). In North American Medicine it is thought to increase blood flow, promote healing and unlock improper nerve or muscle function.
I have used acupuncture to alleviate pain, arthritis, swellings and inflammation, possibly restore function to damaged tendons and ligaments and also as part of a stop smoking protocol along with herbs and other lifestyle changes.
Does It Hurt?
The sensation that is expected from acupuncture is not actually painful. This sensation is called “De Qi” and it can include numbness, tingling, warmth, fullness or lightness and maybe a slight aching which may radiate. Many people find that acupuncture is actually very relaxing and often fall asleep.
How Safe Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is very safe. In Ontario, all Naturopathic Doctor’s must be licensed by the College of Naturopath’s to perform it and we are also required to complete an acupuncture safety course, which includes clean needle technique (including disposable sterile needles) and acupoint safety.
Is Acupuncture Covered By Medical Insurance?
Most extended health insurance plans in Ontario cover up to $500 per year for a licensed Naturopathic Doctor to perform acupuncture. Check with your health insurance provider for details.