Acupuncture is a form of physical medicine that is traditionally used to treat imbalances in the body and stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms. Acupuncture involves the needling of points in specific locations along the body’s nervous system pathways, which helps to enhance the flow of energy in the body. Many points sit near nerves and arteries. Thus, acupuncture helps boost the immune system, speed up healing, regulate hormones, increase circulation and decrease inflammation in the body. The needling points stimulate the release of endorphins which also help with mood and pain. Furthermore, acupuncture points will activate the nerves that sit around joints and muscles.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization has documented its success in treating over forty-three conditions including:
- Chronic and Acute Pain conditions – injuries, carpal tunnel and headaches
- Upper Respiratory Disorders – Colds and flu, asthma and bronchitis
- Digestive Disorders – Irritable Bowel syndrome, ulcers, colitis, constipation, chronic diarrhea and abdominal pain.
- Reproductive Disorders – Infertility, erectile dysfunction, menopause symptoms, PMS, fibroids, endometriosis.
The insertion of acupuncture needles in relatively painless and is a great solo or adjunct therapy for a number of conditions, as listed previously. Consistent treatment sessions is an effective way to manage stress and treat many acute and chronic conditions. In Ladysmith, acupuncture is provided by Dr. Jules Passy, Naturopathic Doctor at our First Avenue Location.