TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
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Acupuncture is a 5000 year old Chinese medical therapy which stimulates the body's own natural healing process. Acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points along the meridian channels by the insertion of fine sterile needles. There are many diseases that can be treated successfully by acupuncture or its related treatments. There have also been clinical trials in the use of acupuncture in treating anxiety disorders and depression. Acupuncture is the best non-drug method for pain relief.

It is important to understand that acupuncture and herbs don't make miracles. It is just natural, drug-free medicine without side effects. In ancient China, the acupuncture and TCM doctors were paid for the visits as long as the family members stayed healthy. Modern world is too busy now to understand importance of preventive care and turns to natural medicine at the stage when painkillers stopped working or caused side effects. Perfectly healthy person does not exist in this world so everyone should treat his or her health with a long-term plan. TCM diagnosis allows recognizing health imbalance at early stage when even most serious problems are curable.


Needles
Most acupuncturists in Canada today use presterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles thus absolutely assuring that there is no transmission of communicable diseases from Patient to Patient due to contaminated needles. The National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists does include a Clean Needle Test as part of every national board exam for acupuncturists in Canada. Aleksandra is a holder of the Clean Needle Techniques Certification.

History
Acupuncture, or needle puncture, is a European term invented by Willem Ten Rhyne, a Dutch physician who visited Nagasaki in Japan in the early part of the seventeenth century. The Chinese describe acupuncture by the character 'Chen', which literally means 'to prick with a needle', a graphic description of this therapeutic technique.
The origin of Chinese medicine is a fascinating story and acupuncture represents only one facet of their medical system. The first recorded attempt at conceptualizing and treating disease dates back to about 1500 BC during the Shang dynasty. Tortoise shells with inscriptions dating from that time have been found, and it is thought that these were used for divination in the art of healing.

Help comes with the needles.....
Ontario
Acupuncture in Ontario is a regulated profession. If the acupuncture treatment is not given by a qualified person, the treatment effects might not be effective or even dangerous.