Acupuncture was discovered in China at least 2500 years ago. The early Chinese created a complete map of energy meridians, like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up, creating imbalance and pain. Stimulating the acupuncture points (sometimes with a twirling of the needle between the fingers or by passing a mild electric current through them) can influence the meridians; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.


A more scientific explanation of acupuncture is that the stimulation of designated trigger points on the body by acupuncture needles prompts the body to release certain hormones and chemicals that can reduce pain, and calm the nervous system.

Designated points stimulate the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain, arthritis and other musculoskeletal ailments.

Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain and muscle spasms, a decrease of depression and increased T-cell count which stimulates
the immune system.


Starting April 1, 2013, the regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture began, following the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006.

At this time, the term Acupuncturist will become a reserved title only for those who are members of the TCM college.

This will not directly change the ability of Registered Massage Therapists and Physiotherapists to perform acupuncture under the Scope of Practice of Massage Therapy or the Scope of Practice of Physiotherapy.

Either RMT's or PT's who practice acupuncture as a modality, and are covered by insurance to do so, must ensure they are providing acupuncture as part of a massage therapy or physiotherapy appointment, and therefore all invoicing should reflect this provision.

In order to advertise and bill solely for acupuncture as an appointment, the therapist must gain duel registration status, and become a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, which may or may not require additional education requirements.

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