WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE:

The use of very fine needles, placed at strategic points on the body, to induce a desired response. Acupuncture evolved from principles of Taoist philosophy & Chinese Medical theory, and is very effective used in accordance with those principles. Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine. The success of it’s techniques have been proven over thousands of years, and are being scientifically confirmed today.

HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS:

Acupuncture points stimulate parts of the brain to release chemicals to the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals alter the experience of pain, or release other chemicals, eg. hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. These biochemical changes promote the body’s natural healing ability, and encourage physical and emotional wellbeing. Three main mechanisms appear:

  • Electromagnetic: Scientists found evidence that acupuncture points enable electromagnetic signals to be relayed at greater rate to the brain. These encourage the release of pain-killing biochemical’s, (like endorphins) and immune system cells to specific areas of injury or disease.
  • Opioid: Research concludes several types of opioids can be released during acupuncture treatment reducing pain.
  • Brain Chemistry Changes: Studies show acupuncture can alter brain chemistry by altering release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture has been documented to affect the parts of the brain related to sensation and involuntary body functions eg. immune reactions, blood pressure / flow, and body temperature are regulated

(see also The National Institute of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, US)

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

People usually feel very little. The needles used are hair-like in diameter therefore cause minimal discomfort. Most feel very relaxed during the session.

PATIENT FORMS:

General Medical History Form (download)     (Adobe reader)
Women’s Fertility History Form (download)
Menstrual Cycle Diary + BBT Chart (download)
Men’s Fertility History Form (download)