Acupuncture is “a healing art that balances the body energy…”, or,

“a hypodermal stimulation with hair fine needles to restore the body’s own physiological function…”

What conditions does acupuncture/Chinese medicine treat treat ?

Conditions Recognized as Treatable with Acupuncture by the World Health Organization (WHO):

Neurological
  • Headache: tension, migraine, cluster, mixed.
  • Meniere’s syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Disk problems
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Stroke residual
Musculo-Skeletal
  • Pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness in neck, shoulder, arms, hands, fingers, back, knees, and feet.
  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures.
  • All forms of arthritis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Work and sports related injuries.
Cardiovascular:
  • Essential hypertension (as complementary treatment)
Eye, Ear, Nose, Dental
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Visual changes related to some neurological diseases
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth Pain
  • Post extraction pain
  • Gingivitis
Gastro-Intestinal
  • Esophageal spasms
  • GERD
  • Hyperacidity of stomach
  • Ulcer pain (palliative only)
  • Irritable bowel and colitis
  • Benign diarrhea and; constipation
Gynecological
  • Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.)
  • PMS.
  • Dysmenorrhea.
  • Menopause syndrome.
  • Benign irregular menstruation.
  • Benign amenorrhea.
Psychological
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Somatization disorder
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
Sinusitis
  • Common cold
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
Other
  • Withdrawal from street and; pharmacological drugs & tobaccos
  • Appetite suppression

The National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1999 approved and recommended acupuncture for treating the following conditions:

  • Inflammation
  • Edema from trauma
  • Pain: neuralgia, paresthesia, s/p surgical pain
  • Nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment
  • Asthma
  • Conditions that respond to NSAIDS, narcotics, TCA’s, physical therapy, intermuscular or interarticular injections, or surgery for pain-related conditions.

Is there any research to prove acupuncture effects?

Yes, Extensive and thorough research has documented and verified the benefits of acupuncture. In more recent years, research has been conducted in light of modern Western methods & models.

Does Alberta Health Care cover it?

Alberta Health Care does not cover acupuncture treatment. However, most of the group insurance and company benefits cover acupuncture treatment. You may get clarification from human resources department in your work place or simply bring your policy certificate here, we can find it out for you.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is safe. The practice of acupuncture in Alberta is regulated by the Health Disciplines Act. This Act assures the public that acupuncturists are capable of practicing competently and safely, and are accountable under provincial legislation for their practice. The protocols are followed if it is practiced by a Provincial Government licensed acupuncturist. Licensed Acupuncturist must pass the government examination for knowledge not only in bringing good result but also in modern safety issues.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture doesn’t hurt on most of the acupoints on the body although you may have slight sensation of soreness, distension or warmth etc. The acupuncture needles used are very thin.  In general, ten to twenty acupuncture needles can fit into one ordinary hypodermic needle that’s used to draw blood.

I have needle-phobia, can I be treated without needles?

Our clinic also offers auricular acupuncture which can be practiced with ear-beads adhered on the acupuncture points on outer ears. This technique is most effective on treating anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, colitis, depression, hay fever, addictions, e.g. alcohol, drugs etc., headaches, hiatus hernia, indigestion, insomnia, migraine, obesity, P.M.S., sciatica, shingles, sinusitis, stopping smoking, tendonitis, tennis elbow & general musculo-skeletal pain. In addition, acupressure, tuina, cupping and scraping are also common modalities to treat certain conditions without using needles.d.

How does acupuncture work?

You probably will get different answers if different practitioners are asked. We hope you deem our answer just 1 of them.

Our body has a greatest healing power named HOMEOSTASIS, which means SELF-BALANCING. The body will be in illness when it is out of balance due to the loss of its homeostasis function. Acupuncture restores the function of homeostasis back to the body. This philosophy has been incorporated in Chinese medicine to treat Chinese with all kind of diseases for more than two thousand years.

IBS

Stress

Energy Balance

PMS

Cancer

Smoking

Menopause

Infertility

Headaches

Fibromyalgia (FM)

Depression

Obesity

Insomnia

Substance Abuse

Arm Pain

Shoulder Pain

Neck Pain

Back Pain

Arthritis