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Applying acupuncture needlesAcupuncture is a health practice and component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a complete healthcare system approach to addressing and preventing disease. Practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture has gained more attention as an alternative and complementary therapy in Western culture, creating excellent career opportunities. In addition to acupuncture, TCM also includes Chinese herbology and diet therapy.

While many healthcare practices offer acupuncture, what sets ours apart is that we combine Chinese and Western medicine to get the best possible results for our patients. Our acupuncturists also have considerable experience working with different types of patients and have successfully addressed an array of conditions.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites-commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

The most commonly known and studied effect of acupuncture is the relief or reduction of short-term and long-term pain. Acupuncture also helps local circulation, tissue oxygenation, and cellular regeneration to promote the natural healing aspects of our bodies.

Here are some of the many conditions for which patients seek acupuncture in our practice:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

  • Headaches
  • Hormonal issues
  • Pain

  • Stress
  • Weight gain

If you are a new client, we ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes earlier before treatment so you can complete some brief paperwork including a consent form.

Or if you visit our website, you can download intake forms and prefill out and bring it in your first appointment.


You also should eat something before your appointment so your stomach isn’t empty. Your first session will take an hour so you don’t want to be hungry while you’re here.

You will be greeted and then given some paperwork to complete. Before the treatment starts, the acupuncturist will have a 10-15 minutes consultation with you, asking different questions, such as where you feel the pain.

Your acupuncturist will show you the needles that will be used and tell you what position they’ll be placed, for how long, and what part of your body will be addressed.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No, the needles used are ultrathin, nothing like a hypodermic needle you would see in a hospital. You may experience mild soreness during the insertion but acupuncture isn’t considered painful.
How will I feel afterward?

You may feel slightly dizzy after your treatment so we recommend that you drink plenty of water after your session.
Can acupuncture help with infertility?

It may. That’s because acupuncture promotes relaxation, reduces stress levels, regulates the menstrual cycle, and increases blood flow to the uterus-all of which may improve fertility.
Will I receive other therapies during my session?

Your acupuncturist may provide you with some massage and cupping to complement your care.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Will I be draped during my session?

Yes, we will ensure you’re appropriately draped at all times, only exposing the area that we’re working on.

Book an Appointment

If you’re wondering if acupuncture could benefit you, contact Windermere Chiropractor & Physiotherapy Clinic today to schedule an appointment with one of our acupuncturists! We also offer 30- and 40-minute sessions.


Acupuncture in Windermere, SW Edmonton AB | (780) 628-2881