How Does Acupuncture Work?
In the more traditional view, the careful selection of acupuncture points opens up the meridian system in the body, increasing energy flow and stimulating an improvement in the body’s natural healing abilities.
In the more modern, scientific view, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins and enkephalins from the brain. These natural chemicals travel along via the spinal cord, encouraging muscles to relax and inflammation to release. These chemicals also trigger the release of relaxing hormones which influence the body’s internal regulating system. The improved energy flow and biochemical balance results in stimulation of the body’s self-healing abilities. Acupuncture also improves circulation to damaged tissues; increasing oxygen and helping to disperse carbon dioxide, congestion and sluggishness.
Some of the main symptoms that can be relieved with acupuncture are; pain, inflammation, stress, and mobility problems, and since 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a long list of conditions including the following:
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain, TMJ
- Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
- Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea and perimenopausal symptoms
- Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction, sexual disfunction
- Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Stress and psycho-emotional problems including anxiety and depression
For more information on acupuncture, see the complete list of conditions as studied by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Bonnie’s Acupuncture Training
Bonnie received her Diploma in Acupuncture (D.Ac) in January 2011. She trained at the College of International Holistic Studies. Her training consisted of a year of intensive training courses plus a minimum of 10 hours per week of independent study. She also performed over 200 hours of hands-on work on over 50 case study participants under the supervision of the college.
She has done extra training in Cupping Therapy at The International Cupping Therapy Association and has done continuing education workshops at East Mountain on the use of acupuncture for menopausal and menstrual issues, anxiety and stress disorders, fertility and Fibro-Myalgia.
Bonnie is also currently enrolled at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine on a part-time basis to continue to deepen her understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory.
You can rest assured that Bonnie has a very high degree of competency.
|Did you know that acupuncture is covered by many work place insurance packages? Check with your plan to see if you may be entitled to reclaim your expenses for acupuncture! Ask if your company covers a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists. Bonnie is also registered with the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners.|
Safe Needle Techniques
You should be aware that there are some inherent risks involved with acupuncture. These are rare but may include minor bleeding or bruising, minor pain or soreness, nausea, fainting, infection, possible perforation of organs and stuck or bent needles.
These risks are further reduced with the proper training and procedures. Bonnie’s training includes several techniques for safe needling to reduce any possible risk to her clients. She is also trained in clean needle technique to minimize any risk of infection. Bonnie will not take any chances with your health. Riskier acupuncture points are simply not used as there are many safer alternatives. If you have any concerns, please discuss them with Bonnie. She will be happy to explain how she safeguards your health.
Contact Bonnie to book your session today!