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Top Reasons to See an Acupuncturist

1. It Is An Effective Therapy For Pain

Acupuncture is best known for its ability to treat pain related conditions. These generally include musculoskeletal conditions; neck pain, back pain, sports injuries. It works on the nervous system to suppress pain and also helps healing locally by improving circulation to damaged areas. 2. Effective in Treating a Lowered Immune System Due to Stress

Endorphins and neurotransmitters have a lot to do with our stress levels. Stress, according to Acupuncture and Health is known to be at the root of other serious and degenerative health problems. Acupuncture can help women feel more relaxed and help to reduce daily stress levels.

3. Effective for Optimizing fertility Acupuncture is used widely for treating fertility issues. Helping patients to naturally conceive, or assisting them during fertility treatments. It can target specific aspects, such as follicular development, regularity of cycles and so on. It can also help during the different stages of pregnancy and for postpartum care also.

4. It is core to Holistic therapy Holistic = whole. As in looking at the interconnections between the different parts/systems of the body. Foot pain can lead to knee/hip/back problems. Similarly, digestive conditions can lead to more anxiety. Or poor sleep leading to decreased fertility. Acupuncture is built upon a holistic system of diagnosis and treatment.

5. It is 100% Natural & Non-invasive Acupuncture is 100% natural, there is nothing put into the body. It works by stimulating your body's own healing mechanisms. So give yourself a pat on the back, good job! 6. It Targets the Root of the Problem There is a goal in acupuncture which is stated as treating both the root and the branch. The branch is the outward symptoms that one suffers from. The root is the underlying issue, if ignored, can cause the symptoms to recur even after they've been treated. Consider acupuncture if there is a chronic recurring issue that doesn't quite go away. 7. It's Excellent Preventative Care It's a mini vacation for your body and mind. Acupuncture keeps the mood high and the energy up. Treat that tension before it turns into something debilitating. Work on that digestive health while it's still easier to manage. Invest in your health and wellness. 8. It's Very Relaxing Less well known, but equally important is that acupuncture helps the body to relax. It has effects to calm the mind and the physiology of the body. Many patients are so relaxed, they will end up napping during their session.

1. Acupuncture doesn’t hurt. Yes, acupuncture involves the insertion of needles in the body, but generally the experience involves a light pinch or pressure. Most people fall asleep during treatment or end up in a meditative state. The needles are super tiny and you barely feel them.

2. There are over a thousand acupuncture points on the body. Traditionally, there are 361 acupuncture points commonly used by Acupuncturists, but over a thousand points have been identified by experts. Don't worry, your therapist won't use them all all at once!

3. Acupuncture is a regulated medical profession. Acupuncture is a government regulated profession! As of April 2013, all acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine are licensed by the CTCMPAO (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario). Acupuncture is considered a medical modality, and covered by many supplemental health insurance plans. 4. You may be eligible to get acupuncture for free! Many extended health benefit plans cover acupuncture treatments. A rough estimate figures about 75% of patients have coverage. Always make sure your Acupuncturist is licensed. 5. Acupuncture is in Hospitals. According to data from China (1993), there are 2,457 hospitals with 220,000 beds providing acupuncture/TCM services. Here in Canada, acupuncture is being used in many hospitals . Down the street at Mt. Sinai they use it in the Wasser Pain Clinic. Across from there, there are research programs conducted at Toronto General Hospital. And of course, it’s being used in many hospital’s maternity wards. 6. A Natural High. Recent research has shown that acupuncture’s pain relieving qualities may be due to stimulation of cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Cannabinoids, like cannabis, need I say more? Sometimes, people experience an "acupuncture high," which is a result of the endorphins released during acupuncture treatment. My name is Brendan Cheung, I am a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a registered medical acupuncturist. I have over 15 years of experience treating all types of conditions, maladies, and patients. I am part of a multidisciplinary team at LiveWell, where I provide the very best care to patients through an integrated approach.

Want to learn more about Acupuncture and how it can help you - Email me or reach me at LiveWell Health and Wellness!


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