Heart's Discovery Holistic Therapies & Acupuncture 

 Eastern Shore Holistic Acupuncture 

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of a complete system of traditional holistic medicine that incorporates many modalities, alone or in combination with needles. Used in this way, it can treat hundreds of conditions.

Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhances immunity, supports physical and emotional health and improves overall function and well-being by balancing vital energy. It:
  • Induces Analgesia
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Regulates Physiological Functions

When prolonged, obstruction to the flow of vital energy due to physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, exposure to extreme environments, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity, can cause illness, pain, or disease to set in.

The body's natural reaction is to return to a state of health and well-being. Registered  practitioners use needles, herbs and other tools to stimulate self-healing. Acupuncture is most often found to be a pleasant relaxing experience. Needles may create a numbness, heaviness, warmth, achy or tingling sensation (not pain). The goal is to achieve a plateau of balance to not only alleviate the primary health concern. but improve and optimize many other health parameters.

Acupuncture in Nova Scotia

Acupuncture is regulated in five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec,  Newfoundland and Ontario. Acupuncture is not regulated in Nova Scotia therefore it is "buyer beware".

Many health practitioners, in Nova Scotia, use acupuncture needles as an adjunct to their trained specialties and call themselves "Acupuncturists", "Medical  Acupuncturists",  "Contemporary Medical Acupuncturists", with Post-Graduate Certificates in Acupuncture but they have only a few hundred hours of training that focuses mainly on temporary relief from pain. They are not considered qualified acupuncturists based on national (and international) standards.

Qualified Acupuncturists must have completed a minimum of 3 years (1900 hours plus 500  hours of supervised clinical time) of study in acupuncture based in traditional Chinese medicine.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) acupuncture is safe, has no unwanted side effects and is proven to be effective for a wide range of disorders, when performed by a qualified practitioner.

The Science

There is scientific evidence to support the healing affects of acupuncture but scientists have only begun to explain why or how it works.

Newest Proof Explaining Acupuncture:

1. The new Bonghan circulatory system (now called the primo vascular system (PVS), that follows the meridian pathways, has been proven to exist.


2. New CT scanning has proven that acupuncture points have a different anatomy from surrounding tissue and do exist. "CT scans reveal anatomical structures of acupuncture points. This new finding demonstrates the physical existence of acupuncture points."   

Reference: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1230-new-ct-scans-reveal-acupuncture-points