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Does acupuncture actually work?

Updated: May 18, 2023

Not surprisingly, this is a question I get asked by almost half of the patients that call our clinic to inquire about acupuncture.

It is understandable why they ask this question, because although acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years, it has only become more widely recognized in Canada over the past thirty years as a viable treatment option for many patients. Therefore, many people are just starting the learn more about acupuncture as a treatment option and they have questions about it.

Acupuncture needles being applied

It is easy for me to answer this question. Yes it does work. I have seen the results. I have been practicing as an acupuncturist for over 30 years. I have treated thousands of patients over the years for many different conditions, including pain, anxiety, depression, infertility, among others. I have seen first hand how these patients respond to the acupuncture treatment. Some patients see immediate relief from pain. Others require more treatments to improve their health. However, in my experience nearly all patients see improvement.

Without getting too technical, I wanted to explain the science behind it. Acupuncture treatments consist of inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to promote healing and relieve pain. It is these needles that stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms through the nervous system.

From a Western perspective, research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, including the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters, which can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Acupuncture may also increase blood flow to the affected area, improving circulation and promoting healing.

So yes, acupuncture does work. It has worked for thousands of years and Western medicine is now understanding the science behind it.

It you want to know more, please give us a call and speak to one of our professional acupuncturists. We would be happy to answer your questions.



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