Acupuncture is famous for its ability to treat and reduce acute and chronic pain. Studies show that Acupuncture changes the way the brain perceives pain, increases the release of natural pain killers, and improves blood circulation to the target area in order to promote healing. Acupuncture is very successful in treating the following conditions: sports injuries, complex injuries, arthritis, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, post-surgery, unexplained pain, and more.
HEADACHES, AND MIGRAINES
A study in a 2012 Canadian Medical Association Journal found Acupuncture more beneficial than pharmaceutical treatments in reducing the duration, severity, and frequency of migraine attacks. People report that regular Acupuncture treatments help reduce the severity and frequency of headaches and migraines and sometimes even eliminate them all together.
Acupuncture treatments are extremely popular and beneficial in support of IVF treatments. A recent study found that Acupuncture treatments right before and directly after embryo transfers can improve pregnancy rates by as much as 50%! The emotional and physical challenges faced throughout the IVF journey make Acupuncture’s relaxing and stress reduction properties beneficial for both the body and the mind.
MALE & FEMALE INFERTILITY
This is one of the fastest growing areas in the use of Acupuncture. Why? Because it works! Infertility can have many causes. 35-40% are related to male factors, 35-40% are related to female factors, and the remaining cases are unexplained. Regardless of the cause of your infertility Acupuncture can help. When treating infertility with Acupuncture, the goal is to find the underlying cause. To do that, your Acupuncturist will use different tools used by western medicine physicians. Whether your infertility type is explained or unexplained, Acupuncture can help treat the cause and greatly improve your chances of conceiving.
A collection of 30 separate studies concluded that Acupuncture is effective in reducing PMS, menstrual cramps, and regulating the menstrual cycle. Menstrual conditions such as PMS, painful periods, irregular periods, no periods, excessive bleeding, and other complex conditions such as Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and more can be successfully treated with Acupuncture.
Exciting as it is, pregnancy is often not a smooth process. Morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, lower back pain and sciatica, pelvic pain, constipation, and haemorrhoids are some of the common conditions a pregnant woman may have to deal with at some point during her pregnancy. Regular Acupuncture treatments during pregnancy are safe for the mother and the fetus, and can greatly reduce symptoms and provide a much more enjoyable experience. Studies have found that Acupuncture is effective in turning breech babies into the correct birthing position and in inducing labour without medical interference.
Western medicine introduces the use of artificial hormones to treat menopause symptoms. With Acupuncture we try to help the body adjust to this new stage, create a smoother transition, and reduce the symptoms. A study done on over 850 women was published in 2014 and concluded that 3 months of weekly Acupuncture treatments reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes by more than 50%.
This is one of the areas where Acupuncture shines! Improving blood circulation increases the rejuvenation of cells and tissues and promotes the elevation of energy levels. Acupuncture also helps with improving sleep quality and sense of general well-being resulting in better energy levels throughout the day.
Studies have found that Acupuncture is highly effective in reducing the release of stress hormones and increasing the release of well-being hormones and neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, Dopamine, and Oxytocin that all help calm the body and the mind.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
Acupuncture is highly effective in treating anxiety and depression without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. By promoting the feeling of well-being and calming the mind (see “Stress Reduction”) Acupuncture along with dietary modifications provide a natural and long lasting solution to the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Autoimmune disorders are characterized by the immune system attacking healthy body cells and tissues. There are more than 80 conditions in this category including Lupus, Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endometriosis, Addison’s Disease, Psoriasis, and many more… These complex conditions represent what Acupuncture stands for most – a deep imbalance in the body causing the body to not recognize it’s own self, leading to disease. Acupuncture has tools to recognize this imbalance, correct it, and bring harmony back to the body. Researchers believe that Acupuncture’s effect on the central nervous system and the endocrine system causes an optimal release of proteins and hormones that are found to be beneficial in regulating and supporting the immune system.
IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT
If you’re the one that gets sick the most in your house or at work, if you suffer from reoccurring conditions, or from a lingering condition, Acupuncture is for you! Acupuncture provides a great way to boost and rejuvenate your immune system and to awaken the healthy and vibrant version of you.
Can’t fall asleep or stay asleep? Is your sleep often disturbed by dreams? Do you wake up at night for no specific reason? Do you not feel rested when you wake up? There’s a solution! Studies find that regular Acupuncture treatments increase the production and release of melatonin. With its positive effect in reducing stress, calming the mind, regulating hormones and promoting well-being, Acupuncture can provide the natural sleep solution you are looking for.
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM CONDITIONS
Recent studies have found Acupuncture effective in improving digestive system function. From improving the ability to absorb nutrients, increasing the peristaltic movement in the intestines, and alleviating heart burn and nausea. Conditions such as IBS, chronic constipation / diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating, stomach ulcers, acid reflux and more…
Weight is one of the most studied concerns in the Western World. While obesity and being overweight is an epidemic in North America there are many options when it comes to treatment. Acupuncture promotes a healthy life style and good dietary habits. Studies also find it helps to reduce food cravings and regulate appetite. Its effect on speeding up metabolism and improving digestive function it can be a good option for those seeking a healthy way to lose excess weight.
Probably THE biggest health hazard! The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excessive abdominal fat, high levels of triglycerides and so called “bad” cholesterol. This conditions increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Acupuncture treatments can help the liver process sugar and regulate the production of cholesterol, help the body be efficient in losing weight, lower triglycerides and harmonize hormone levels contributing to the lowering of blood pressure. It is safe and unlike pharmaceuticals it is free of side effects.