Acupuncture is a modality originating in Oriental medicine. It consists of the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body, encouraging the flow of qi (energy). More than 1,000 points have been mapped out over the last 2500 years. Recent research has been able to confirm the existence as well as the location of these points. We perform acupuncture at our Edmonton clinic to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Acupuncture is just one of many options to improve your appearance and overall wellness. To learn more about the benefits of our holistic approach to medical and cosmetic care, call us at (780) 977-5683 to schedule a time to meet with our acupuncturist.
Our patients often have questions about acupuncture. If your question isn’t answered here, you’ll have ample opportunity to discuss your personal concerns at our office in Edmonton during a thorough acupuncture consultation.
Is acupuncture painful?
The Chinese word for acupuncture, “butong,” means “painless.” This is apt, because there is little to no pain associated with acupuncture. Patients often describe a feeling of warmth or tingling around the point of insertion. For most people, receiving acupuncture is actually very relaxing; in fact, many fall asleep during treatment.
What can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture can effectively address many acute or chronic conditions. Although modern Western medicine cannot yet explain how it works, the World Health Organization lists over 40 common disorders that may benefit from acupuncture. These include, among many others:
- Menopausal symptoms
- High cholesterol
- Digestive problems
Is acupuncture safe?
When performed by a licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. Our acupuncturist, Geha Gonthier, B.A., LMT, ERYT, R.Ac., is a Registered Acupuncturist. She understands that, in order to feel relaxed, we need to know that we are safe and secure. As she will explain, the only needles used for acupuncture are individually packed, sterile and disposable.
Can acupuncture be used in conjunction with cosmetic procedures?
Absolutely. Facial rejuvenation is a branch of acupuncture that, in ancient times, was reserved for royalty. Using insertion points on the face as well as on the body, acupuncture addresses the root causes of aging and stress. As such, it can enhance and prolong results * of cosmetic treatments such as our wrinkle smoothing injectable treatments or laser skin rejuvenation