Acupuncture and Asian Medicine

Western and Asian medicines are often complementary.

Asian Medicine treatments include acupuncture, herbal remedies, diet, exercise and/or massage. The duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present. This article will focus on acupuncture.

Acupuncture offers many benefits. The benefits of acupuncture are well recognized and documented in high profile medical journals around the world and in medical institutions across Canada. Used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body, acupuncture is safe and effective, and can be successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. It is an effective therapy for acute and chronic conditions. Because individuals vary in sensitivity, needle insertion goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, warmth or heaviness. The needles usually remain in place for 15-20 minutes. Most people are pleased to find the sessions are not uncomfortable. Some folks even look forward to them. Dr. McKenzie can demonstrate needle insertion on herself during a discovery session if you are anxious about it.

Duration of treatment depends on the nature of the problem, its severity, and how long it has been present. Acupuncture may be scheduled as often as three times a week or as little as once per month. Some patients need only a few sessions while others need sustained care to reverse entrenched patterns.

Your sessions could be covered through your benefits plan but are affordable even if you don’t have coverage. Check our fee schedule to learn more.