Updated: Jun 20
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and is a thousand years old therapeutic method used to encourage natural healing, reduce pain and improve the function of affected areas of the body. It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissue at specific parts of the body.
Only single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in the clinic.
What conditions may be treated?
The following conditions are examples that could be treated by acupuncture.
Muscular / joints
Neck, Jaws, Shoulders, Back & Knee pain, Sciatica, Muscle strain, Arthritis, Sports injuries
Stress / mental
Anxiety, Depression, Palpitation, Headache, Migraine, Fatigue, Insomnia
Diarrhoea, IBS, Bloating, Constipation, Nausea, Gastritis
Infertility, PMS, Painful period, Endometriosis, Menopausal symptoms
Ear / Nose/ Throat
Earache, Tinnitus, Sinusitis, Asthma
What Benefits can be expected?
Immediate benefit-relaxation, the feeling of well-being.
Acute problems (e.g. muscle strain) may take just one or 2 sessions.
Chronic conditions usually take a minimum of 5-6 weekly sessions.
Benefits may initially last for a few days, but after repeated sessions, they can become more long-lasting. Regular maintenance sessions (e.g. every 4 weeks) will be beneficial.
How does it work?
The theory behind acupuncture is that the healthy functioning of the body is governed by the flow of ‘Qi’ (often translated as ‘energy’) through system channels (meridians) under the skin. When the flow of Qi is impaired, illness occurs. The Qi flow can be disrupted in many ways: emotional stress, physical trauma, poor diet, and overwork are all common examples.
By inserting fine needles at various points along the channels, the body’s balance can be restored.
It increases blood flow and the circulation of endorphins-the body’s natural pain relievers, promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Does it hurt?
People experience different sensations with acupuncture. Most feel only minimal discomfort when the needle is inserted. Once the needles are in place there should be no significant discomfort and most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.
For Acupuncture in Waterloo, treatments are available at Waterloo Body Station therapy rooms in Waterloo. Please book your first appointment online with Pouyan or James for Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Amanda or Hernan for medical acupuncture.