What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete and holistic system of medicine based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi, which can loosely be translated as energy within the body. When the body is in balance, Qi flows harmoniously within the channels and nourishes the organs and tissues. Pain and illness arise when the channels becomes blocked and Qi is not able to move freely.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny, sterile, single-use needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. These points are located along meridians where Qi is concentrated and accessible. Each acupuncture point has specific abilities to be able to adjust the flow of Qi to areas in the body where it is needed, to move blocked or excess Qi, or to nourish Qi that has been depleted. Acupuncture can help to promote natural healing, enhancing the recuperative power and immunity of physical and emotional health. Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical concerns. Preventative care can help avoid further injury or illness and is a great compliment to other alternative health care models.
What types of acupuncture are practiced at Metro?
- Traditional Acupuncture
- Musculoskeletal Acupuncture
- Gua Sha
- Tua Na
If you are looking for a particular massage or Chinese medicine modality please contact us by phone or email to check if it is available
What can acupuncture treat?
Traditional Chinese medicine can often make sense of illnesses that Western medicine has difficulty treating. In cases where Western medicine may be limited to prescribing medication for symptom management, acupuncture may be able to intervene and encourage the body’s self healing process. The benefits of acupuncture have become widely recognized and integrated with mainstream healthcare. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is currently the fastest growing medical modality in the United States (likely Canada as well).
(this is by no means a complete list of what acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat):
Acute or chronic pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trauma, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia…
Emotional & Neurological Disorders: (in Chinese medicine these may have a close relationship)
Stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, low energy, addictions, trauma, migraine, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, dizziness, tinnitis, multiple sclerosis…
Menstrual irregularity, amenorrhea (no period), dysmenorrhea (painful periods), endometriosis, PMS, PCOS, infertility, pregnancy difficulties, menopausal syndrome…
Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders:
Toothaches, earaches, vertigo, Meniere’s disease, acute and chronic sinusitis, laryngitis, emphysema…
Colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema, COPD, smoking cessation…
Food allergies, nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), reflux, gastritis, duodenal ulcer, colitis…
Hypertension, hypotension, high cholesterol, angina, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud’s disease…
Bladder and kidney infections, cystitis, stress incontinence, prostatitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy…
In addition, acupuncture has been used to help many other conditions with great success! If you are unsure whether or not acupuncture can help you, please contact Metro Integrated Health for more information.