Acupuncture is a main pillar of Chinese Medicine and has been integrated more and more with Western Medicine, particularly in the fields of Reproductive Medicine, Psychoemotional Health, and Addiction care etc..
Acupuncture is often offered with any of the following to emphasize the effects: Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, Lifestyle Coaching, Qi Gong/Breathing, Tai Chi Exercises, Tuina Body Work, Moxibustion (Moxa), Acupressure, and more.
Akari provides the following;
- Pelvic Health Acupuncture
- Fertility Acupuncture
- Onsite Pre & Post IVF Acupuncture
- Prenatal Acupuncture
- Breech Acupuncture & Moxa
- Labour Prep Acupuncture
- Postpartum Acupuncture
- Lactation Acupuncture
- Breast Health Acupuncture
- Menopause Acupuncture
- Emotional Health Acupuncture
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair thin, and are nothing like what you receive when you go to get your blood taken, or have vaccines on your arm.
Well trained acupuncturists learn how to place needles with minimum pain.
Having said this, some areas of your body are naturally more sensitive than other areas, and you might feel a little more pain such as small prick, heavy achy feeling, dragging, spreading, or easing.
Some types of acupuncture such as "dry needling" tend to use thicker needles and move needles around to "invoke" muscle twitches, which can be quite painful.
My needling style is rather gentle, and does not provide much aggressive manipulation unless it is absolutely necessary.
I also inform you what you might expect with each needle point.
As a side note, I use the thinner end of the acupuncture needles available on the market, such as 0.16mm thickness. Those needles are silicone coated for enhanced smooth needle insertion.
Are acupuncture needles clean?
They are disposed of in the biohazard waste container after being used once, and never shared between patients.
What is the difference between "Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling" and Chinese Medicine Acupuncture?
Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling is a derived form of Chinese Medicine Acupuncture.
Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is ONLY allowed to be performed by Registered Acupuncturists (R.Ac) in Ontario and a few other provinces in Canada, as it requires more in-depth and extensive training, and the education requirement is a minimum of 2000 hrs. of training and then to pass the licensing examinations. The scope of Acupuncturists are vast, from mental health (including anxiety, depression, and addiction care), internal medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, dermatology, orthopedics, pain management, and more.
On the contrary, dry needling can be taught in very few training hours and can be done by NON-R.Acs such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, and massage therapists, and it is ONLY for orthopedic, or musculoskeletal concerns.
In a nutshell, Mecical Acupuncture/Dry needling is a modality and Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is a medicine on its own.
Most importantly, Registered Acupuncturists have the most training in acupuncture including dry needling.
I am needle phobic. Are there other options for me?
Feel free to share your concerns with me so that your treatment will be modified accordingly.
How many needles do I receive during my treatment?
The number of needles a patient receives greatly depends on the individual circumstances.
However, as a rule of thumb, my philosophy is "fewer are better".
In fact, fewer needles can be more powerful in certain situations.
It can be only a few needles; on average 6 to 10 needles are used in one session.
It is a skill to select fewer points for needling and to bring greater results and I have been working hard on refining this skill.
Having said this, if a treatment is more for localized concerns such as scars and muscular issues, multiple needles might be placed in a clustered way, on top of the above-mentioned 6-10 needles. I will inform you before placing needles.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a main pillar of Chinese Medicine.
Certain points on the body are stimulated to regulate the Meridian systems.
The Meridian systems can be partially explained as Nervous System, Endocrine System (Hormones), and Fascial Chains in Biomedical terms.
A few acupuncture points are carefully selected, and thin, single-use sterile needles are inserted to stimulate the points to achieve therapeutic goals.
If you enjoy analogies, Acupuncturists are human electricians who know how to connect or reconnect wires so that the circuit board (your body) can send signals to the body to function and receive feedback.