What is Acupuncture?
Currently practiced worldwide, acupuncture has existed for 5000 years. It is an energy medicine that takes the entire individual into account, including both their strengths and their weaknesses. Acupuncture assumes the existence of a vital energy that circulates throughout the body. This energy is called “Qi.”
A disturbance in the circulation of “Qi” can cause pain or organ dysfunction that eventually leads to illness.
The goal of treatment is to reestablish normal energy circulation by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body. The acupuncturist considers not only the symptoms but also the initial cause of the energy
imbalance and treats the problem at the source.
What Kinds of Problems Respond Well to Acupuncture?*
* If your condition does not appear on this list, please consult your acupuncturist for further information.
Acupuncture is not only a curative treatment but a preventative one as well. In terms of prevention, acupuncture reinforces the immune system as well as proper energy circulation. This is why some people have treatments periodically as well as when the seasons change. Preventative treatments are particularly recommended for seasonal allergies. Acupuncture can strengthen the body in preparation for allergy season.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
The number and the frequency of treatments vary depending on the nature and the history of the problem, as well at the condition of the patient.
Is Treatment Painful?
Acupuncture needles are as fine as three strands of hair. Patients who receive treatment describe a diverse range of sensations when the needle is inserted including the following:
Can Acupuncture Needles Transmit Disease?
The risk of transmitting disease through acupuncture is zero since acupuncture needles are sterilized and disposed of after every session. In addition, they are made of stainless steel do not transfer liquid like syringes. Acupuncture needles do not inject any substance into the body.
Are There Side Effects?
Acupuncture treatment does not produce any side effects and patients cannot become addicted to it. No chemical substances are used.
Is it Necessary to Believe in it for Acupuncture to Work?
It is not necessary to believe in acupuncture for it to work. The proof lies in the success of acupuncture on both children and animals!
Are Acupuncture Treatments Covered by Health Insurance?
Acupuncture treatments are not covered by the Regie d’assurance maladie du Québec. Various private insurance companies, C.S.S.T. and S.A.A.Q. do reimburse part of the cost of treatment.
Acupuncture Officially Recognized
Acupuncture was legalized in Quebec in 1985. Since 1995, the “Ordre des acupunctueurs du Québec” have included the regulation of acupuncture as well as protecting the public with regards to the practice of acupuncture in their mandate.
The goal of acupuncture is to reestablish harmony and the natural balance of the body. Its ability to prevent and treat certain illnesses is becoming more and more recognized. Acupuncture is increasingly called upon to treat various conditions.