By: Nima Rajan
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints.
Acupuncture has been effectively used for the treatment of back pain, headache, migraine and sports injuries. However, acupuncture provides more than pain relief. It is helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, stomach and reproductive problems, weight control, infertility and much more.
There are dozens of other potential health benefits being researched as well, including asthma, drug addiction, epilepsy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, schizophrenia, tennis elbow and many more. The research for these effects of acupuncture in all of its forms has been somewhat limited but continues at this time.
Although acupuncture has become widely accepted and available in North America and Canada in the last 40 years, it had already been endorsed a century earlier by the renowned Canadian physician, Sir William Osler, widely referred to as the “Father of Modern Medicine”:
“For lumbago [low back pain], acupuncture is the most efficient treatment”
—— Sir William Osler.
Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain. Give us a call at 905-488-1223 to book an appointment.