Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine used for over 5000 years in Eastern countries and around the world. In Quebec, the Acupuncture Act defines it as “a traditional oriental method whose purpose is to improve health or relieve pain”.
This medicine supposes the existence of a vital energy, essential to life, circulating throughout the body and carried by a network of channels called meridians. If the energy flows smoothly, there is balance and health.
On the other hand, the flow of energy can be slowed down or blocked by several factors such as stress, poor nutrition, emotions, trauma, climatic variations and environmental factors, leading to fatigue, pain or other symptoms.
During the evaluation, the acupuncturist will use a detailed questionnaire that will give him information on every aspect of health. He will make observations at the level of the tongue and the body, proceed to take the different pulse and the palpation of certain strategic points of the body located on the meridians. The clinical reasoning of the acupuncturist is therefore based both on an ancient millennial tradition and on the physical, human and biological sciences.
With experienced acupuncturists in their team, the clinics are happy to offer this type of alternative approach to their clients. Our acupuncturists also work, when needed, with other professionals practicing in the clinics to help their clientele to feel better as quickly as possible. Do not hesitate to consult us to find out if acupuncture can help you. Our professionals will be able to answer your questions on the subject and reassure you on any worries you would have.
The treatment consists in stimulating with very fine needles certain points having a particular therapeutic function, this in order to restart the blocked energy. The introduction of the needle recalls the sensation of a mosquito bite, lasts only a fraction of a second and leaves no mark. That said, the acupuncturist is on the lookout for any discomfort, if any, and knows how to fix it.
Although it may seem surprising to new patients, the sedative effect of acupuncture often causes the person to relax during treatment. If necessary, to complete the effects of treatment, the acupuncturist may require a complementary process such as electrical stimulation, laser or cupping.
Since April 1, 2003 the use of disposable needles are mandatory. In addition, they are sterile and are destroyed according to the biomedical waste destruction protocol established by the Order of Acupuncturists of Quebec (OAQ). In short, this practice eliminates any risk of disease transmission.
A multitude of pathologies can be treated by acupuncture, either physically, psychically or emotionally. Acupuncture is known to treat different types of joint pain, but also several kinds of systemic disorders affecting for example the respiratory, digestive, circulatory or even urogenital systems.
The acupuncturist is a frontline worker, that is to say, that it is possible to consult directly, without being referred by a doctor. However, the accuracy of a particular diagnosis or problem by a health professional can be very helpful for the acupuncturist in developing a treatment plan.