For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine has harnessed the power of acupuncture as a gentle yet potent healing modality. This ancient practice is renowned for its ability to restore balance, increase vitality, and alleviate pain, offering a holistic approach to therapeutic wellness.

During an acupuncture session, our skilled practitioners carefully insert tiny stainless steel needles into specific energy points, known as "acupoints." These acupoints correspond to the body's intricate energy pathways, allowing for the enhanced flow of vital energy, or qi, throughout the body.

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating a multitude of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Frozen shoulder: Relieve the stiffness and discomfort associated with frozen shoulder through targeted acupuncture sessions.
  • Sciatica: Alleviate sciatic nerve pain and promote healing to enhance your quality of life.
    Lymphatic drainage: Support your body's detoxification processes and improve overall health through acupuncture's ability to stimulate lymphatic flow.
  • Addictions: Acupuncture can be a valuable tool in addiction recovery, aiding in reducing cravings and supporting emotional well-being.
  • Depression and anxiety: Experience the balancing effects of acupuncture on the mind and body, helping to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and restore a sense of calm.
  • Insomnia: Find solace in the restful sleep you deserve as acupuncture can assist in regulating sleep patterns.
  • Fertility: For those on the path to parenthood, acupuncture can support reproductive health and increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
What is Acupuncture?Acupuncture is a complex system of diagnosis that views the human body and the environment  as a whole. Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning the “pattern of disharmony” and treating accordingly. Modern acupuncturists utilize other modalities such as herbal medicine, moxibustion, nutrition, meditation, breathing exercises and more.

Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-fine needles into the skin and body tissues. They are inserted into one or more of a number of acupuncture points (there are over 361 acupuncture points in the human body) for the purpose of stimulating a physiological response. The response solicited by the acupuncture treatment is focused on balancing the body’s systems which will in turn aid the body in functioning properly.

The sensation created by the insertion of each needle should only be one of heaviness. Often this heaviness may be felt over regions of the body which are connected to each other by what we refer to as Meridians. These are the roadways through which your body’s energy flows.
Acupuncture is a primary healthcare modality that has been practices around for at least 2500 years in China and is used widely throughout the world. Acupuncture is considered safe and effective by The WHO in some certain disease. Acupuncture is now practiced in many countries around the world.

How Does Acupuncture Work?Acupuncture is a therapy that uses the insertion of fine needles to specific points on the body along the meridians (energy channels of the body), that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is distributed for any reason, there is disruption in health, resulting in pain or illness. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is regulated, and health is restored.

What Should You Expect During Treatment?Most patients find the treatment very relaxing; most are surprised to find out how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even fall asleep during treatment. A patient may feel a sensation upon insertion and pressure or a “dull” reaction when the needle reaches the correct depth of the point.

Is Acupuncture Safe?One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of adverse side effects.  There is a minimal risk of organ penetration, from incorrect insertion or mild bruising, feeling of numbness, skin infection, etc.  But, all registered BC practitioners today use single-use disposable needles to avoid infections. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle, as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries. Our studies in the training institutions have provided extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?According to our Chinese Medicine theory, each person is unique in so many different ways and will respond to their treatments differently. Length of treatment depends on many factors such as type, severity and duration of the condition. In general, however, a patient should notice changes to their condition within 4 weeks for chronic conditions, and much sooner for acute conditions. If no changes are noticed within this time period, please discuss this with your practitioner. It may be that your condition is unusually tenacious, or their may be a need to modify some aspects of the treatment. Always talk to your practitioner about your concerns. We are here to listen to those concerns and put your mind at ease. With your invaluable input, we can work together to improve your health.

Spring Wellness Clinic
2604 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4E4