Best Acupuncture in Edmonton
Acupuncture is system of integrative medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles at specific points over body at various depths, used to alleviate pain and to treat various other physical, mental-emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.
Acupuncture works by inserting and maneuvering needles at around 350 specific points called meridians in the skin where the nerves, muscles and connective tissues are stimulated, thereby stimulating the circulation all around. Body`s vital force (Called “qi” pronounced as “chi”) flowing through “meridians” gets stimulated, that brings the energy flow in the body back to the balance and helps treat various illnesses. The “illness” in Traditional Chinese Medicine is explained as extremes of Yin and Yang and hence creating a state of imbalance in body (also known as diseased or illness). Acupuncture improves the blood flow and activates body`s pain killers thereby improving pain and inflammation.
Acupuncture may cause mild bleeding and soreness at the insertion point and cause bleeding in patients with bleeding disorders and on blood thinners. Very rarely one in millions if inserted into upper chest may cause lung collapse.
Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture works for various conditions. In 2003, even WHO said that Acupuncture is effective in various health conditions.
Generally, 8-12 sessions once to twice weekly are required to treat an acute health condition and maintenance acupuncture may be required for various chronic conditions. Needles are sterile, disposable, single-use and generally painless but sometimes with some brief dull, stinging pain on insertion that subsides soon and sometimes needle adjustment alleviates the brief discomfort as well. Mild to moderate pain is expected as needle is supposed to be doing its job by hitting the “qi” which is required to bring body back to the balance. Acupuncture is used for many conditions ranging from body pains/migraines to mental-emotional illnesses.
Various Conditions in which Acupuncture can be very useful are:
Stress/anxiety/depression/mood and sleep issues
Low back pain/sciatica/Neck pain/Knee, hip, shoulder pain
Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome
Tennis elbow/golfer`s elbow/sprains/dental pains/tendonitis
Carpal tunnel syndromes
Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
Digestive conditions/GERD/peptic ulcers/constipation/diarrhoea
Female/Menstrual conditions/PCOS/fibroids/infertility/inducing labor
Respiratory/allergic rhinitis/sinusitis/common cold/flu
Substance, alcohol dependence, smoking cessation
Libido/male health/erectile dysfunctions