What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture consists of inserting thin needles into specific points in the body in order to re-establish energetic balance. The needles stimulate the neurological, endocrine and immune systems to induce a physiological and energetic response, aiming to re-establish health and to relieve pain. Acupuncture can be used in a preventive or curative manner and is a recognized treatment for a number of acute or chronic illnesses.
How does a session go?
During an acupuncture treatment, the patient is asked to lie down in order for the acupuncturist to put in the needles. These are left in place for 10 to 30 minutes. Contrary to what one might think, the insertion of the thin acupuncture needles is practically painless. An average session lasts an hour.
During the first acupuncture session:
- A health survey will be completed.
- A diagnosis of the patient’s energy imbalance will be made, to help establish therapeutic strategies adapted to the patient’s health.
- Different treatment options will be proposed, depending on the reason for the consultation.
- In addition to the acupuncture treatment, the patient will also receive advice about lifestyle habits and prescriptions for Qi Gong-adapted exercises or for Tuina massage sessions.
What can acupuncture treat?
In addition to treating a number of chronic and acute diseases efficiently, acupuncture distinguishes itself through its preventive side, which aims to re-establish and maintain the body’s inner balance, and as such, reinforce and prolong a patient’s health and quality of life. Several studies haves confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of different problems such as joint pain, headaches, hypertension, allergies, nausea, chronic pain, tendonitis, depression and many others.