Acupuncture Info


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine dating back to 305 B.C. Acupuncture uses extremely fine gauge needles, about the thickness of a human hair which are inserted into selected points called “Acupuncture points”. This in turn will affect your body’s natural pathways of energy or “Qi”. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to deeper circulatory channels. Once these channels have been tapped into we can then start to repair the body.

When injuries, emotions, disease, stress or poor lifestyle choices are left untreated they then disrupt the natural circulation of “Qi” in the body. Acupuncture is the natural repair of the “Qi” in the body.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is virtually painless. The needles used are the thickness of a human hair, and very sharp. These features make the needling process essentially pain-free. Some more sensitive people may feel a small prick as the needle passes through the skin, most do not. Some may feel a dull ache or twitch as the needle reaches the correct spot, most feel little at all. At Higher Health we strive for the treatment to be as painless and comfortable as possible.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Once the needles are set, you may feel a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This sensation is called “Qi” (pronounced chee). These are all normal reactions, and are good signs that the treatment is working. After the treatment, you may feel energized or a deep sense of relaxation.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug free therapy, yielding no side effects except the feeling of well-being and relaxation. All needles at Higher Health are sterile, used once, then discarded.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief while others may take weeks or months. Generally acute conditions will respond more quickly to acupuncture than chronic conditions.

How long are treatments?

Initial sessions are between 60-75 minutes. This consultation will help determine the correct path needed to treat the patient. Follow up sessions are between 45-60 minutes.

Will my extended health care cover the cost of the treatments?

This varies from plan to plan. You will need to check with your health care provider.

What type of schooling do acupuncturists receive?

Acupuncturists receive 3 to 5 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine schooling with a minimum 2 years prior of post secondary education.