In 2003 the World Health Organization published a report entitled Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials in which they provide a detailed list of over 100 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown or has been proved – through controlled trials – to be an effective treatment.
Acupuncture involves the use of very thin needles which are inserted into meridian points in order to regulate Qi and achieve balance. It is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. Traditional use of acupuncture focuses on balancing the vital energy (“Qi/Chi”) within the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. The Qi of the body’s organs or systems are all connected by channels (“meridians”) which run just under the surface of the skin. In order for a person to be healthy, the Qi of all their organs must be in balance.
Modern medical acupuncture is generally used for pain syndromes and involves placing needles into “tender points” (“ashi points”).
Naturopathic doctors are extensively trained in the use of acupuncture and can develop an individualized treatment protocol using a fusion of traditional and modern medical approaches. Dr. Sarah additional training & certification in cosmetic (aka ‘facial rejuvenation’) acupuncture.
Conditions that respond well to acupuncture include:
- acute & chronic pain
- digestive concerns
- fertility support
- headaches / migraines
- menstrual/menopausal concerns
- skin conditions
- sprain & strain injuries