Acupuncture for a natural and sustainable health

Personalized care to adequately support your body in its quest to return to balance.
The Holistic Advantage

Why choose acupuncture?

This holistic discipline of Chinese medicine has the great advantage of treating the person, and not the disease, on all levels of the being, physical, physiological and psychological.

Its goal:

Bring the person and the body back into balance.

Why?

Person and body in balance = health

Every health problem is an imbalance in the body. This is why acupuncture, by helping to restore balance, has the great advantage of being relevant to a very large number of health problems.

Acupuncture is proven and safe, and can be used for prevention, to treat, or to complement other therapies. It has few or no undesirable side effects and is an excellent way to improve your health naturally, without chemicals.

holis•tic

[greek holos, whole] • adjective

1. which comes under holism; theory according to which the man is an indivisible whole which cannot be explained by its various components (physical, physiological, psychological) considered separately.

Le petit Robert Dictionnary, 2022

Acupuncture for...

Physical pain

Chinese medicine can treat both acute and chronic pain, and it does so by treating both the symptoms and the underlying causes that sustain the problem. Acupuncture decreases inflammation and increases blood and lymphatic circulation, which allows for better tissue regeneration. Qigong or martial arts exercises help you regain and maintain healthy movement of your joints and muscles.

Examples
Neck pain, back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, migraines, allergies, stomach and digestive pain, constipation, stomach pain, cystitis.

Stress, Anxiety, Depression

Chinese medicine does not separate emotional health from the physical body. It is only the other side of the coin that represents your whole person. The stress or anxiety that we experience, consciously or not, lives in the body at all times. By working on the meridian channels, either through acupuncture or Tuina, we can remove the blockages and release the emotional tensions in the body and mind. A better connection with oneself, an ability to step back when necessary and a newfound joy are frequent effects of the treatment.

Examples
Stress, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, performance anxiety, school anxiety, depression, panic attacks, withdrawal, emotional overload, constant ruminations of thoughts.

Fatigue

Chinese medicine is particularly well equipped to treat all forms of fatigue, whether physical, intellectual or emotional. Acupuncture has the ability to tonify the body's organs, which strengthens them and optimizes their functioning. It also allows you to preserve and increase your energy on a daily basis, without side effects.

Examples
Fatigue, exhaustion, overwork, lack of energy or motivation, apathy.

Menstrual cycle and pain

Chinese medicine pays special attention to women's health and recognizes its importance and fragility. Acupuncture takes into account the phases of your menstrual cycle and works to harmonize their transitions so that everything runs as smoothly as possible, regardless of the period of your life, from adolescence to menopause.

Examples
Menstrual pain, PMS, menopause, hot flashes or night sweats, too much or too little menstruation, irregular cycle, spotting.
The treatments are adapted and personalized to your person

Will acupuncture work for me?

The question that everyone asks. And unfortunately, the answer is not unique and universal for everyone. Many factors come into play when it comes to the results that can be achieved with acupuncture.

Factors influencing your return to balance:

  • Personal medical history
  • Family medical history
  • Your basic constitution
  • Your age
  • The chronicity of the problem
  • The nature of the problem
  • Your overall lifestyle habits
  • Your diet
  • Overwork

All these factors put together form the unique fabric of the person you are today. It is by developing these elements during our first meeting that I will be able to enlighten you as to the prognosis and results that can realistically be expected. Whether you have a medical diagnosis or not, I perform my assessment from the perspective of Chinese medicine, which allows me to take a different and fresh look at your situation.

NOTE

This being said, even if the prognosis is not as good as you would like, acupuncture has undeniable analgesic and relaxing effects. Benefits on many other areas of your life will certainly be felt, such as regenerative relaxation, increased energy or better sleep to name a few!

There are more and more scientific studies on acupuncture!

Conditions for which acupuncture is proven

Since acupuncture is an approach that aims to rebalance the body's natural mechanisms, it is prone to treat a very wide range of conditions! It can be impressive and surprising to see how many conditions acupuncture is relevant for.

The amount of scientific research done on acupuncture as a treatment is increasing exponentially year after year! In comparison, twice as much research on acupuncture has been done in the last 20 years as compared to conventional biomedical research. There are over 1000 systematic reviews that have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture for many conditions.1

It is no longer possible to say that effectiveness of acupuncture is because of the placebo effect, or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.
The Acupuncture evidence project, p.55 2

Evidence of positive effect*

8 Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture:
  • Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics)
  • Migraine prophylaxis
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Postoperative nausea & vomiting
  • Headache (tension-type and chronic)
  • Postoperative pain

*Reviews with consistent statistically significant positive effects and where authors have recommended the intervention. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality.

Evidence of potential positive effect*

38 Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture, including:
  • Neck pain, cervical pain
  • Acute low back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety 💗
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Plantar heel pain
  • Asthma in adults
  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Constipation
  • Pain related to prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Depression 💗 (with antidepressants)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Hypertension (with medication)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Modulation of sensory perception thresholds
  • Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
  • Lateral elbow pain
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Menopausal hot flushes 💗
  • Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia 💗
  • Temporomandibular pain

💗 conditions that are part of my fields of interest

*Reviews reporting all individual randomized control trial as positive, but the reviewers deeming the evidence insufficient to draw firm conclusions. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality.

A recognized and regulated discipline

Originally from Asia, acupuncture is now well established in Quebec and is a regulated practice under the Ordre des Acupuncteurs du Québec since 1995. Like all health professionals belonging to a professional order, acupuncturists are obliged to comply with the laws, regulations and code of ethics that govern them. This makes acupuncture a safe and recognized profession.

Acupuncture is good for everyone!

Acupuncture can help with many conditions because of its broad spectrum of action. Whatever your ailment, you will experience benefits such as deep relaxation, increased energy and optimized metabolism. A treatment will allow you to improve your overall health and well-being.

We all deserve a moment to relax.

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[1] Acupuncture: An Overview of Scientific Evidence, by Mel Hopper Koppleman - Evidence Based Acupuncture
[2] The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review, by John McDonald et Stephen Janz - Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd