Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has gone virtually unchanged for thousands of years. It is used to gently stimulate the body's natural healing ability. Acupuncture is most often thought of for injuries, pain and muscle tension but can address all types of imbalance in a persons health; headaches, hormonal imbalances, sleep issues, anxiety, digestion and so, on. Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body to stimulate healing. Helping your body heal and return to harmony is the goal. 

The most common use of acupuncture in North America is for pain-relief or healing injuries. Acupuncture helps promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms and studies show it is effective for reducing pain plus a number of other health concerns.

Historical and Research Evidence-Based Support

Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Biliary colic (abdominal pain from gallstones)

  • Depression

  • Dysentery (intestinal infection)

  • Dysmenorrhoea (menstrual pain/cramping)

  • Upper GI pain including peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis

  • Facial pain (including TMJ disorders)

  • Headache

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

  • Induction of labor

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia (low white blood cell count)

  • Low back pain

  • Malposition of fetus, correction (i.e. breech, etc)

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Dental pain

  • Periarthritis of shoulder (limited range of motion and inflammatory issues, such as ‘frozen shoulder’)

  • Post-operative pain

  • Renal colic (abdominal pain from kidney stones)

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

(this is not an exhaustive list)

There are many health concerns that have been deemed by medical research to be effectively treated with acupuncture. 

Here is a summary document of accumulated evidence for Acupuncture: Acupuncture Evidence Project

Click below to learn more about the variations of acupuncture our naturopathic doctors offer: