3 Things to Know Before Your First Acupuncture Appointment

Your First Acupuncture Appointment

Acupuncture has been established to be an effective option for pain management. It is also validated as   a treatment option to manage symptoms of cancer, GI disorders, ENT problems and stress relief and many more conditions Health care practitioners using acupuncture have received additional post graduate education and certifications and are only able to use use acupuncture within their scope of practice.


How Does Acupuncture work?

The term “Acupuncture” refers to the use of needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points beneath the skin to create a therapeutic effect. The stimulation of specific nerve endings located at the “acupoints” is the mode of action that yields the therapeutic effect.

Practitioners of acupuncture use sterile, stainless steel needles to puncture the skin and stimulate particular acupuncture points, relevant in the treatment process.

What Standards of Practice are required of Practitioners?


In Canada, practitioners of acupuncture are required to receive certifications through specific accredited educational programs. These programs are only available to healthcare professionals. Practitioners must practice within their scope of care.

  • Practitioners must ensure that the following hygiene standards are met:
    • A clean working environment
    • The practitioner must have clean hands
    • Sterile needles and equipment
    • Aseptic technique
    • Careful disposal of equipment and needles.

Acupuncture is contraindicated unless approved by physician for:

  • Pregnancy
  • Treatment of tumors
  • Bleeding disorders
  • epilepsy
  • use of a pacemaker
  • skin disorders or diseases


What should I expect of my practitioner in my first appointment?

When you visit your therapist, they will conduct an examination of your medical history to determine the if acupuncture is appropriate for  you and your condition.

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About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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