Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture in St. John's

Acupuncture is a branch of ancient Chinese medicine in which tiny filiform needles are placed into specific areas in the body know as acupuncture points to manipulate the natural energy of the body.  Fourteen major energy channels called meridians pass through the human body including the head, arms, feet, torso and internal organs. A subtle energy called chi circulates via the meridians to all the parts of the body. According to the ancient Chinese “chi/ki” is the vital force and its balance unimpeded flow is critical to sound health. Any misdirection or blockage of the flow of chi can result in pain, dysfunction and ill health.

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Acupuncture needles are sterilized, flexible and disposable needles.Needles are disposed of after each use to prevent contamination.

With acupuncture needles, acupuncturist stimulates certain points along the course of the meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of “chi/ki” thus making everything work in harmonious way and helping the body repair and maintain itself.

Why Should I See An Acupuncturist?

It is commonly understood that acupuncture can treat pain, however there are several ailments ranging from chronic to acute care for which acupuncture can be quite beneficial. It is effective in treating of stress, anxiety, depression and addiction related issues and can be combined with western medicine to treat your ailments; you don’t have to choose one over another. World Health Organization has listed over 40 medical conditions which have proven to be effectively treated by acupuncture. These include:

  • Ear, Nose and throat Disorders
  • Upper respiratory Tract Disorders
    • Acute sinusitis
    • Asthma
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain)
    • Chronic colitis
  • Neurological Disorders
    • Headache
    • Migraine
  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
    • Tennis elbow
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Low back pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Fibromyalgia

Source: Wilkinson J, Faleiro R. Acupuncture in Pain Management Contin Educ Anaesth Crit Care Pain (2007) 7(4): 135-138.

Acupuncture and Pregnancy

With all the poking and prodding that comes along with pregnancy, getting stuck with needles voluntarily probably seems like the last thing you’d want to do. But when it comes to banishing some pregnancy woes, many moms-to-be sing the praises of acupuncture. In fact, scientific research says acupuncture can help ease many of the common aches and discomforts of pregnancy.

Acupuncture is completely safe during pregnancy, and is proven to be extremely beneficial and effective. Patients can continue to get acupuncture throughout their entire pregnancy if they wish. We usually recommend that once patients are pregnant, they continue to come once a week through their first trimester to support and maintain the pregnancy, nourish the body and help alleviate symptoms associated with early pregnancy.

Here are some of the pregnancy symptoms acupuncture can alleviate:

  • Morning sickness
  • Lower back and Pelvic pain
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems

Acupuncture and Fertility

Acupuncture infertility treatment can improve almost every cause of this obstacle.  One of the ways acupuncture infertility treatment increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women.   According to several studies and medical research, acupuncture can increase fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system.  

Acupuncture, supplements, moxibustion and diet can be used to correct imbalances which can cause recurrent miscarriage.  One recent study on acupuncture done along with IVF showed a 50% decrease in the miscarriage rate. Another study suggests acupuncture may even be a potential supportive treatment for threatened or recurrent miscarriages due to its beneficial effects on serum cortisol and prolactin levels during IVF.  

There's no number of sessions you can exactly pinpoint when you choose a series of acupuncture treatments for fertility. But think in the general region of once a week, or three to four hour-long sessions a month as an average figure, across three to four menstrual cycles.

What To Expect When Visiting An Acupuncturist?

The first thing our acupuncturist will do is to familiarize themselves with your medical history and symptoms and describe to you what acupuncture is and what to expect from this session. It is good idea to tell your acupuncturist the top three things you will like them to address during the treatment and answer all questions honestly. This will be followed by a physical examination in which the acupuncturist will check your pulse to determine how energy is flowing through your body. They will also be looking at your tongue, complexion, palpations on the abdomen, and other signs to check for energy blockages. Overall, the beginning of the session involves assessing the energy flow and to determine patterns or symptoms indicating which channels/meridians require more attention. Based on their assessment, the acupuncturist will identify the energy blockages in your body and create a custom treatment plan which details the appropriate course of action for your condition.

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1" wound handle acupuncture needle,Traditional Chinese Medicine style. Source

After the treatment, it is advisable to rest and drink lots of water as acupuncture is a detoxification process. If you would like to try natural, safe, effective & drug free alternative to pain and other ailments, contact our acupuncturist  at our clinic to book an appointment.

Get in Touch Via Email Or Call Us At 709-576-7770 To Book An Appointment.

Acupuncture Initial Assessment

  • 1 Hour Treatment - $85.00
  • 45 Minutes Treatment - $75.00
  • 30 Minutes Treatment - $60.00

Meet Our Acupuncturist

Cheryl Oldford acupuncturist action physiotherapy

Cheryl Oldford, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists at Action Physiotherapy