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Is Acupuncture Safe?

One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe technique, provided that practitioners are properly trained and follow appropriate techniques. AFCI-trained practitioners of acupuncture use single-use, sterile disposable needles and have been trained regarding precautions and contraindications to acupuncture. The York Acupuncture Safety Study, a prospective study of 34407acupuncture treatments found no serious adverse effects and only 43 cases of minor adverse effects, the most common of which were nausea and fainting.

It is important to inform the practitioner of your medical history, medications and if you are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant, as acupuncture treatment may have to be modified or may not be appropriate.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is the stimulation, by insertion of needles, of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. Acupuncture affects the functioning of the hormonal system, promotes a decrease in inflammation, increased circulation and relief from pain.  To learn more about how acupuncture works click here.

Can I take courses with Acupuncture Canada?

Training with Acupuncture Canada is open to physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, dentists, acupuncturists, TCM doctors, TCM practitioners, baccalaureate level registered nurses, occupational therapists and naturopathic doctors. If you have a current license and acupuncture is part of your scope of practice, you are eligible to take our courses. Check with your regulator for any specific requirements.

Can acupuncture help my patients?

Acupuncture is used to treat a vast number of painful conditions such as sciatica, lower back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, sprains and strains, whiplash and headaches, as well as neurological and other medical conditions. Acupuncture is especially effective for treating and managing pain. In some cases, acupuncture will bring about quicker or better resolutions of problems and it is an effective complement to standard care.

Can acupuncture help my career and my practice?

Using acupuncture can shorten the overall amount of treatment a client needs, keeping them happier and leading to a steady “word of mouth” referral process for your practice. Practitioners find they are able to treat certain pain and dysfunctions of the body that they weren’t able to treat before they started using acupuncture. Along with helping pain, acupuncture lets you help clients’ energy and stress too. Practitioners tell us adding acupuncture to their practice has increased their job satisfaction.

How will the CAFCI certification help my practice?

Acupuncture Canada’s certification is your patient’s assurance that you have trained with a leading provider of acupuncture education. Acupuncture Canada receives numerous telephone requests from the public for referrals to practitioners. We direct them to our website where they can search our member listings to find member bios, descriptions of their practices and mapped locations with contact details. When they find who they’re looking for they can link directly to the member’s website.

Does Acupuncture Canada’s training program fulfill the requirements of my provincial college?

Many regulatory bodies require a certain number of hours of training as well as passing written and practical and safety exams. Acupuncture Canada offers a certification program that meets the requirements of all regulatory bodies across Canada.

How will the CAFCI certification help my career?

Patients increasingly search for health professionals who offer a holistic approach to health care, and many employers look for acupuncture certification. Acupuncture is a popular and safe treatment that integrates efficiently and effectively into your practice. It can deliver a fast and satisfactory outcome for your patients.

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