Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into your skin at strategic body points. In Chinese medicine, it is explained as a way to balance one’s life force (the qi or chi). In Western medicine, the practice is explained as a way to stimulate nerves, muscles and tissue.
Acupuncture is rooted in ancient Oriental healing and the philosophy behind the practice is thought to date back to over 8,000 years. In the past, sharpened stones and bones were used. As the practice evolved, the needles changed to iron, copper, bronze, silver and gold. Today’s needles are made from flexible, durable, rust-proof stainless steel.
As a Vancouver walk in clinic committed to your health, Simply Wellness knows that some patients prefer a holistic approach to wellbeing. We strongly believe in looking to both Chinese and Western medicine, as both have shown remarkable ways to improve and maintain health. Millions of patients have turned to the practice for relief of pain and other symptoms.British Columbia has laws that regulate the practice of acupuncture, and the studies required before being able to legitimately practice this healing method are extensive.
Whom Does Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat physical pain. For example, some use it to reduce nausea brought on by chemotherapy treatment. It has also been used to ease the pain of fibromyalgia, labour, headaches and menstrual cramps.Last year Scientific American noted that “A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to antidepressant medications, and new research suggests that acupuncture could be a promising option. One new study found the traditional Chinese practice to be as effective as antidepressants, and a different study found that acupuncture may help treat the medications’ side effects.”If you suffer from pain or are seeking to improve your mental health, perhaps our walk in clinic Vancouver’s doctors can help.
Are There Any Risks?
When treated by a certified, competent acupuncturist, such as the one in our walk in clinic in Vancouver, side effects and risks are very low. You may have a little soreness at the injection site, but we stress that complications are very rare and are usually due to unlicensed practice.
Before acupuncture treatment at our walk in clinic in Vancouver, we’ll sit down with you and discuss your candidacy. For example, acupuncture is not advised for anyone with a bleeding disorder or pacemaker.
Ready to Try Acupuncture?
Whether you prefer to manage your pain holistically or with medication, Simply Wellness will help you find the best course of treatment. We know treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach and that is why we offer options, such as acupuncture.Please visit our walk in clinic in Vancouver to see how Simply Wellness can help you live your best, pain-free life.