- Introduction to Acupuncture.
- What is Medical Acupuncture?
- What are the benefits of Medical Acupuncture?
- Why should I choose Medical Acupuncture?
- How are Medical Acupuncture providers trained in Canada?
- How is Medical Acupuncture regulated in Canada?
- Is Medical Acupuncture safe?
1. Introduction to Acupuncture
Many types of health-care providers now utilize acupuncture in clinical practice, including chiropractors, physiotherapists, and medical doctors . A natural corollary of this trend has been a continuing integration of acupuncture into a Western medicine model. Utilizing a blend of ancient methods and modern biomedical concepts, practitioners of many disciplines are regularly incorporating acupuncture treatment not only as a stand-alone therapy, but as an integrated modality in a variety of health-care environments.
Patients all over the world now seek acupuncture treatment in its various forms for a multitude of ailments including pain relief, headaches, arthritis, addiction management, sports injuries and general well-being, to name a few.
Acupuncture’s popularity has been further bolstered by the increasing attention it is being paid in scientific circles. Numerous trials demonstrating its effectiveness have recently been published in major medical journals, with more to come. Other interesting lines of research currently in progress include investigations into the biomechanical effects of acupuncture on connective tissue structure, function, and healing, and its impact on the peripheral and central nervous systems.
2. What is Medical Acupuncture?
3. What are the benefits of Medical Acupuncture
- pain relief
- decreased swelling
- muscle relaxation
- breaking down scar tissue
- pain modulation and endorphin release
- changes in autonomic nervous system activity (vasomotor tone, cardiac rhythm, peristalsis etc.)
- diverse neuroendocrine and immune responses
- general relaxation
- a feeling of psychophysical well being
- improved sleep
- nausea relief during chemotherapy
4. Why should I choose Medical Acupuncture?
5. How are Medical Acupuncture providers trained in Canada?
For further details on this program, please visit McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
6. How is Medical Acupuncture regulated in Canada?
7. Is Medical Acupuncture safe?
Here is a list of some of the side effects you may, or may not, experience:
- momentary discomfort where the needles are inserted
- drowsiness and sleepiness
- localized bruising
- temporary worsening of your symptoms
- feeling faint, during or after treatment
Here is a list of some of the EXTREMELY RARE, but serious risks:
- damage to an internal organ from insertion of a needle
- infection in the area where the needle was inserted
- infection spreading throughout the blood system to infect previously damaged heart valves
- premature onset of labor, in a late-stage pregnancy
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1) In 1996, at the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on Acupuncture, guidelines were drafted to outline appropriate basic training and safety. The guidelines, which include a core syllabus, cover basic requirements for training both non-physician acupuncturists and physicians wishing to utilize acupuncture. Chiropractors, included in the “qualified physicians” category, are required to receive not less than 200 hours of instruction in order to practice acupuncture as a technique in the clinic.
2) Ma Y, Ma M & Cho ZH. Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management: An Integrative Approach. Elsevier: St. Louis Missouri, 2005.