Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are just a few of the mental health disorders that acupuncture can treat. Sleep disorders such as apnea and insomnia can be also be treated using acupuncture.
Acupuncture works with the body’s energy meridians to influence the dopaminergic systems in the brain and also help increase the production of melatonin, which can assist in a more restful and longer sleep.
Acupuncture benefits patients by improving their general well-being and reducing dependency on medications or drugs during prolonged medical treatments.
Acupuncture has even been known to treat additional ailments in patients other than the primary condition for which they were being treated by conventional medical procedures.
The philosophical framework for the practice of acupuncture is grounded in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM offers a perspective on the nature of illness and health that is uniquely different from, and is complementary to Western Medicine.
In TCM, human beings are deeply connected with all the phenomena of nature; formed from and nourished by nature’s essential elements, influenced by its rhythms, and subject to its laws of growth and change.
Health can be defined as a harmonious relationship between one’s own internal condition and one’s external environment; there must be a balance between one’s body/mind/spirit and one’s relationship with nature.
– The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland & Labrador
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.
Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.
Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.