Dryden Naturopathic Clinic

60 Princess St,
Dryden, ON
P8N 1C6



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Acupuncture Services

Naturopathic Doctors offer acupuncture treatments in two forms, Western Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Western acupuncture is often explained in terms of neurophysiology, anatomy, and the body's natural healing mechanisms. Practitioners may describe its effects in terms of influencing the nervous system, releasing endorphins (natural painkillers), and modulating the body's response to inflammation. The placement of acupuncture needles is typically based on anatomical and neuroanatomical considerations. Western acupuncture practitioners may target specific trigger points, nerve endings, or areas associated with musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that has been used for thousands of years to promote health and alleviate various ailments. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow, known as Qi (pronounced "chee"), and restore balance within the body.

Here are some key points about acupuncture:

  1. Philosophy and Theory:

    • Qi and Meridians: According to TCM, Qi is the vital energy that flows through the body along pathways called meridians. Imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi are believed to be the root cause of illnesses and discomfort.
    • Yin and Yang: Acupuncture aims to balance the opposing forces of Yin and Yang within the body, which represent the dualities of nature and life.
  2. Procedure:

    • Needle Insertion: Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. The points are selected based on the individual's symptoms and the principles of TCM.
    • Needle Sensation: Patients may experience sensations such as tingling, warmth, or a mild ache during needle insertion. These sensations are often considered signs of Qi movement.
  3. Conditions Treated:

    • Pain Management: Acupuncture is commonly used to alleviate pain, including back pain, joint pain, migraines, and menstrual pain.
    • Stress and Anxiety: Many people seek acupuncture for stress reduction and anxiety relief. The practice is believed to help regulate the nervous system and promote relaxation.
    • Digestive Issues: Acupuncture may be used to address digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and nausea.
    • Reproductive Health: Some individuals turn to acupuncture to support fertility, reduce the side effects of pregnancy, and manage symptoms of menopause.
  4. Scientific Understanding:

    • Mechanism of Action: While the traditional explanation involves the balancing of Qi, modern research suggests that acupuncture may influence the nervous system, releasing neurotransmitters and hormones that contribute to pain relief and overall well-being.
    • Clinical Studies: Acupuncture has been studied for various conditions, and some studies suggest its effectiveness in certain cases. However, more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms and efficacy.
  5. Safety and Regulation:

    • Safety: When performed by trained and qualified practitioners, acupuncture is generally considered safe. The use of sterile needles and adherence to hygiene standards minimize the risk of infection.
    • Regulation: Naturopathic Doctors receive regulation to perfrom acupuncture under the Regulated Health Professions Act of 1991 and their standards of practice are set by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.


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