Acupuncture is highly effective in stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms. It also plays a valuable role in preventive health care by helping patients become more aware of their bodies, making it easier for them to detect an imbalance or dysfunction, even in the early stages of development.
Acupuncture alters the function of body systems by inserting fine sterile needles into the skin at points located along a series of lines, or channels, called meridians. By stimulating these key points, an acupuncturist seeks to restore balance to the normal energy flow and, consequently, relieve pain or treat disease.
Although acupuncture has been practiced for 3,000 years, until recently, evidence of its effectiveness was mainly based on clinical experience. In the last decade, however, research has revealed the mechanisms behind the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and regenerative effects of acupuncture.
It is now well documented that the stimulation of acupuncture points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of endorphins and enkephalins - chemicals that have pain-relieving properties similar to those of opiates. More recent research suggests that it may also trigger the release of certain neural hormones, including serotonin.
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has indicated that "there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine...." The NIH has indicated that acupuncture may provide effective in the treatment of addictions, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. The NIH has stated that “further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful."
Acupuncture treatments at the Fredericton Wellness Clinic are provided by Maurice Lavigne, Registered Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and author of Acupuncture Diagnostic Methods and Point Selection, now available on Amazon.ca Maurice has over 20 years experience as a health care provider. He treats many conditions and has extensive experience with treating Chronic Pain, Infertility, Allergies, and Smoking Addictions.
As with any health care modality, the key to providing effective treatment is accurately identifying the cause of the disorder. Maurice offers a free 10-15 minute phone or skype consultation to identify your health issues and offer an action plan to better health.
The cost of acupuncture treatments are covered by most private health care plans. Direct billing is offered where permitted by participating health care insurance providers.
*DISCLAIMER: Please note that the results of the Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Qi Gong Energy Balancing and Medical Aesthetics services, ProDerm Skin Care products and Herbal Formulas available at the Fredericton Wellness Clinic may differ from person to person.*