What is Acupuncture?

As a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is used to gently stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. While acupuncture is often thought of for injuries, pain, and tension, it can address all types of health imbalances. By inserting extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points on your body, acupuncture is used to stimulate healing and help your body return to harmony.

Common Health Concerns Supported By Acupuncture

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic (abdominal pain from gallstones)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep issues
  • Digestion issues
  • Dysentery (intestinal infection)
  • Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain/cramping)
  • Upper GI pain including peptic ulcer, acute, and chronic gastritis
  • Facial pain (including TMJ disorders)
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia (low white blood cell count)
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of the fetus correction (i.e. breech)
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Dental pain
  • Periarthritis of the shoulder (limited range of motion and inflammatory issues, such as frozen shoulder)
  • Post-operative pain
  • Renal colic (abdominal pain from kidney stones)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

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Types of Acupuncture Our Clinic Offers

Traditional Chinese Medicine 

Cupping, Moxa, Electrostim: often used in conjunction with your acupuncture treatment, our Naturopathic Doctors use flameless, smooth plastic cups and a suction pump to gently raise the skin into the cup to remove blockages, reduce inflammation, and decrease pain by increasing local blood supply into those areas to enhance metabolic uptake of oxygen and nutrients. Additionally, anti-inflammatory creams, joint mobility exercises, and rest may be added to your treatment plan.

Acupuncture for Prenatal Care: recommended at the 36-37 week mark of pregnancy, our Naturopathic Doctors offer weekly sessions incorporating acupuncture points that help prepare the body for birth, reduce labour time and epidural rate, reduce medical intervention, and increase blood flow to the pelvic organs. Focusing on the feet, ankles, lower legs, and hands, acupuncture is a form of natural prenatal care designed to create a relaxing treatment for you and your body, with individually-tailored treatments available to address breech-presenting babies, encourage post-date pregnancies to move forward, and calm anxiety.

Cosmetic Acupuncture: for a safe, painless, gentle and natural approach to help your outer appearance reflect your inner beauty, our cosmetic acupuncture treatments involve mini facial massage, cooling and lymph draining using jade stone tools, the shallow insertion of small acupuncture needles and fine intradermal needles into troublesome areas and wrinkles to improve muscle tone, increase collagen production to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, increase circulation to the skin to slough off dead skin, reduce stress, improve facial colour, balance oil production, and slowing the ageing process. 

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What to Expect at Your Appointment

Performed by our Naturopathic Doctors, acupuncture appointments are a safe, gentle, and painless way to address your health goals and restore your body's balance. Tailored to your specific health goals, your appointment is designed around the type of acupuncture you book at our clinic and may involve other natural medicines and therapies, including supplements, nutrition and diet, and home exercises!

Fequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture hurt?

Using tiny acupuncture needles, you will feel no pain or very minimal discomfort upon insertion. Some areas can be more sensitive than others, including the upper lip and areas of the face, but if at any point in the treatment a needle is too sensitive, let your Naturopathic Doctor know and they will remove it easily!

How many cosmetic acupuncture treatments will it take for me to see lasting changes?

A full series of cosmetic acupuncture is a 10-12 series treatment plan. Usually, you will see lasting changes after 7-8 treatments. The general structure of treatments is two per week or once per week minimum. After a single treatment, you will see changes, but each treatment builds on the last to create subtle yet beautiful changes in your overall skin health. Quarterly or seasonal booster treatments are recommended after the full series is complete for maintenance and prevention. Many people will repeat the series every year or two to stay on top of their health goals!

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At Hudson Integrative Healthcare, our health professionals and front desk staff put you first. With everything you need to start living a life with more energy, strength, and joy under one roof, we support your physical and emotional health no matter where you're at. With free parking on site, an accessible ground-level entrance, an online booking calendar and patient portal, and direct billing and telemedicine options available, our Stoney Creek-based naturopathic clinic is here to provide you with compassionate, reliable care 12 hours a day, including evenings and weekends.

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