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about acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the oldest forms of comprehensive health care in the world. Although we tend to utilize Acupuncture as a reactionary remedy, its broader focus is that of an all-encompassing standard of preventative care. We usually know when we are becoming ill, we are aware of the imbalance energetically. It sees illness as a disharmony of the whole being: including the spirit/mind, the physiological body and the energy (Qi) that exists between them. Our diagnosis is based on finding a pattern between the subtle signs of change.

Acupuncture, in this Calgary clinic, is the most well known therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points of the body. Along with relief of a condition, most people experience relaxation, increased vitality, or a sense of well-being from the acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is a gentle procedure. Acupuncture needles may not be felt at all on insertion or there might be a mild sensation followed by tingling, heaviness or warmth around the needle. There is a saying in Chinese Medicine:

"When there is obstruction, there is pain. When there is no obstruction, there is no pain."

Acupuncture works by removing obstructions in the flow of energy within the body and by stimulating the flow of Qi throughout the body. The insertion of needles helps bring the body’s attention to the area and resume the free flow of energy.

From a western medicine point of view, acupuncture causes many physiological changes in the body: According to the NIH (National Institute of Health), researchers are studying at least three possible explanations for how acupuncture works:

Opioid release During acupuncture, endorphins that are part of your body's natural pain-control system may be released into your central nervous system — your brain and spinal cord. This reduces pain much like taking a pain medication.

Spinal cord stimulation Acupuncture may stimulate the nerves in your spinal cord to release pain-suppressing neurotransmitters. This has sometimes been called the "gate theory".

Blood flow changes Acupuncture needles may increase the amount of blood flow in the area around the needle. The increased blood flow may supply additional nutrients or remove toxic substances, or both, promoting healing.


Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this non-invasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well/healthy.

Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles a specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.


Visit our Questions & Answers section for more information or feel free to contact Dr. Nicole Bend with any questions you may have.