Acupuncture Explained

In the more traditional view, Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol designed to prevent and treat numerous health problems by modifying the flow of energy (called qi or chi) throughout the body. The careful selection of acupuncture points opens up the meridian system in the body, increasing energy flow and stimulating an improvement in the body’s natural healing abilities.

In the more modern, scientific view, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins and enkephalins from the brain. These natural chemicals travel along via the spinal cord, encouraging muscles to relax and inflammation to release. These chemicals also trigger the release of relaxing hormones which influence the body’s internal regulating system. The improved energy flow and biochemical balance results in stimulation of the body’s self-healing abilities. Acupuncture also improves circulation to damaged tissues; increasing oxygen and helping to disperse carbon dioxide, congestion and sluggishness.

Some of the main symptoms that can be relieved with acupuncture are; pain, inflammation, stress, and mobility problems, and since 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a long list of conditions including the following

  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain, TMJ
  • Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
  • Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea and menopausal symptoms
  • Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction
  • Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections
  • Stress and psycho-emotional problems including anxiety and depression
  • Addictions

For more information on acupuncture, see the complete list of conditions as studied by the World Health Organization (WHO).WHO_list_conditions_treatable_with_acupuncture

Did you know that an acupuncture session gives your body approximately the same amount of rest as a two hour nap?

Contact Bonnie to set up your appointment today.  Acupuncture Guelph has a variety of services and programs to meet your needs.

Who is Bonnie?

Bonnie Adam is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of Ontario. She is also a Certified Acupuncture Health Professional with the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners and a Certified Cupping Therapist with The International Association of Cupping Therapists.