Acupuncture is a therapeutic branch of ancient Chinese Medicine which has been documented and used for more than 2,500 years.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has evolved from the analysis and observation of the human body in its dynamic state. It is essentially a natural and empirical science in which the individual is considered as a whole, body and spirit—with his strengths and weaknesses and as an integral part of his environment. Using these ancient principles, acupuncture treats illness by bringing a person’s body into balance, into homeostasis.
Acupuncture usually involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. However, an acupuncturist may also use other means to stimulate acupuncture points or meridians, such as heat, pressure (cupping, TuiNa massage, GuaSha) or electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. For more information on the effects of acupuncture, visit the Association des Acupuncteurs du Québec.
It is a safe and effective form of treatment.
Source: Association des Acupuncteurs du Québec, Nov 2020
Caroline Dufour Ac. offers acupuncture & facial acupuncture ( AcuLift / anti-aging ) sessions at our West Island, Montreal clinic.
Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
• Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis, facial pain and fibromyalgia
• Digestive disorders: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
• Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea (PMS) and perimenopausal symptoms, infertility and other hormonal disorders
• Pregnancy-related needs: morning sickness, correction of a badly positioned foetus, induction of labour
• Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction
• Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections
• Adverse reactions to radiotherapy or chemotherapy, cancer pain
• Stress and psycho-emotional problems such as depression and insomnia
Source: “ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS”, 2002, World Health Organization