Traditional Medicine for a Modern Life

The ancient art of acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment of chronic pain and nausea. Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy while the modern view  is the technique stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue

The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.

While plans may vary, health insurance providers generally cover all cost or a portion of the cost of acupuncture treatments. Some extended health insurance plans may require a physician’s referral in order to reimburse you for physiotherapist service, but it’s not always necessary. Call your health insurance provider to confirm your level of coverage beforehand and to determine whether or not you require a physician referral for reimbursement.

Acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief but there are many clinical studies that show acupuncture can be used to successfully treat a variety of conditions. These range from musculoskeletal (like neck or back pain) to migraines and mental health.

Acupuncture is quite safe when administered by an appropriately trained practitioner. Unlike alternative drug therapies, it is non-toxic with minimal side effects.

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