What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve function. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. Acupuncture points (also referred to as ‘acupoints’) are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) flows through the body.

Acupuncture originated in China at least 2500 years ago and spread to neighbouring Asian countries including Japan, Vietnam, and Korea by about 500 CE, and finally to Europe in the 16th century.

How Does it Work ?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Is Medical Acupuncture Different from the Ordinary Kind?

Acupuncture is a very old medical art, and there are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained in western medicine who has also had thorough training in evidenced based acupuncture.  Medical Acupuncture, Contemporary Acupuncture or evidence based Acupuncture share mutual ideology that such modality is used with scientific rationale.

Why choose our clinic ?

Dr. Levy completed 3 evidence based acupuncture programs namely:

  1. National University of Health Sciences: Clinical Acupuncture
  2. Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI)
  3. McMaster University Medical Acupuncture for Health Professionals

Furthermore, Dr. Levy is certified by the Acupuncture Council of Ontario, successfully completed both written and practical examinations.

Acupuncture services are under the scope of practice of Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic Medicine in Ontario.  Dr. Levy is in good standing with three regulated professions in the Province of Ontario namely: the College of Homeopaths of Ontario, the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, as well as with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

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