Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. There are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body – the needles are inserted to various depths.
According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which Chi vital energy runs. Acupuncture remains controversial among Western medical doctors and scientists. Creating case studies that use proper scientific controls is difficult because of the invasive nature of acupuncture – a clinical study involves a placebo compared to the targeted treatment. It is very hard to devise a placebo acupuncture control that one can compare to proper acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a complex medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well being. It can focus on physical, psychological, emotional or spiritual problems. Acupuncture can be used alone or combined with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, commonly known as TCM.
At the Healthy Living Centre we have Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist and a Medical Acupuncturist.