Acupuncture…What is it Good For?
Do you have any of the following?
-Neck Pain/Lower Back Pain
If you have any of the above conditions, acupuncture is something you may want to consider. It is a safe and effective therapy used to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
Acupuncture follows the theory that there are 12 main energy channels that run throughout the body. They are called Meridians and along these channels there are Acupuncture Points, 365 to be exact. I find this interesting – corresponding to the 12 months and 365 days of the year.
Qi (prounounced ‘chi’) flows along these meridian lines and is the equivalent to our idea of life force or energy.
The premise of Acupuncture is that disease is the manifestation of blocked energy (Qi) and inserting the needle at the affected point will help the flow of energy and help treat the disease/condition.
Imagine a knee post surgery with the swelling, inflammation and lack of mobility. Needles inserted close to the knee joint can increase range of motion, move the excess fluid out and get you on your feet, recovering sooner than to be expected.
Acupuncture has hit the media in recent years in regards to it’s importance in fertility/hormonal issues. Many women are finding success in achieving pregnancy and modulating hot flashes, headaches, menstrual pain, PMS and endometriosis.
You may be thinking, what does it feel like to have those needles inserted? Does it hurt? And that is a fair question, one that is always asked before treatment. The first time acupuncture was done on me, I was nervous. But the needles don’t hurt…there are a few that are more sensitive than others, usually on your hands or feet, but otherwise you don’t notice much. Nothing that a nice breath in and out won’t distract your mind from.
The one thing you do feel, which is important is the Qi. This may be experienced like a gentle energetic flow, buzzing, heaviness or movement. Whatever it is for you, it is important to feel, knowing the Qi is moving and circulating throughout your body.
Although something you may not be familiar with, it is a painless and effective treatment for a variety of concerns. In this busy world of ours, taking some time to balance yourself and your Qi energy, it can make the world of a difference.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained extensively to perform acupuncture safe and effectively.
If interested, please contact:Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman, N.D.
564-572 Weber Street North, Unit 3A Waterloo, Ontario N2L5C6