Acupuncture

One of our TCM practitioners will carefully determine the state of your imbalance (s) and prescribe an individualized program of herbs, acupuncture and nutrition suggestions to help your body regain its proper balance

Why do Clients Come to HIHF for Acupuncture?

All of our therapists at HIHF have specific training and experience not only in general health issues but also in fertility and prenatal care. You can be assured that you will be receiving the best possible care.

Acupuncture Treats

Infertility
IVF/IUI Support
Pregnancy Care
Menopause
Low/Middle/Upper Back Pain
Frozen Shoulder
Digestion Issues
Complex Autoimmune Disease
TMJ
Cancer Care – reduces the side effects of chemotherapy
Aging – facial acupuncture

 

What is Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture originated in China at least 2500 years ago and spread to neighbouring Asian countries including Japan, Vietnam, and Korea by about 500 CE, and finally to Europe in the 16th century.

Acupuncture in the Modern Era: In spite of its spread to Europe so long ago, most North Americans were unaware of acupuncture until President Richard Nixon made his famous trip to China in 1971. James Reston of the New York Times, a reporter on Nixon’s trip, had the misfortune to develop appendicitis while there. After the surgery he developed ‘paralytic ileus’, meaning that his small bowel stopped functioning and he became bloated with gas. Instead of putting a tube down through his nose to let the gas escape from his stomach, an acupuncture needle was inserted, possibly in his leg. Reston passed his gas and the rest is history. The whole world heard about this amazing phenomenon and before long westerners were being shown operations done without anaesthetic. With a few acupuncture needles in place, the pain of surgery was tolerable and patients were sometimes able to get off the operating table and walk away.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of solid filiform acupuncture needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture needles are solid, usually stainless steel (they may also be gold or silver), and measure from 13-70 mm, although longer reusable ones up to about 150 mm in length can be purchased. The needles are very fine, flexible and rounded but sharp at the tip. They are ‘atraumatic’, meaning that they do not hase a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle, which slices through tissue. Their design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures.
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