What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapeutic intervention that uses fine, single-use, solid needles to help modulate and treat  pain and dysfunction. Acupuncture needles are inserted at specific acupuncture sites to help stimulate a change in the environment of the tissue and return it to its normal functional state. Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture has an analgesic effect (alleviating pain) and can stimulate the natural healing abilities of the body. It also stimulates the release of endorphins in the body, which leaves the patient feeling relaxed after a treatment. The acupuncture needles can be stimulated manually  or with an electrical input to enhance this effect. 

Acupuncture needles stimulate this change by modulating abnormal activity in the nervous system/nerves, immune system,  and hormonal system. This effect takes place at the peripheral and central nervous system (brain & spinal cord). 

Medical Acupuncture can be used as a therapeutic intervention on its own or in conjunction with Chiropractic treatment.


What do the Acupuncture needles do?


Does it hurt?

 Acupuncture needles are so small and thin that it is generally pain-less and usually goes unnoticed, but sometimes you may feel a slight pinch or a sensation of warmth, tingling, or electricity.  

Conditions that can benefit from Medical Acupuncture:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain syndromes
  • Chronic Pain - nerve pain, osteoarthritis
  • Headaches
  • ​Digestive complaints - irritable bowel
  • Menstrual or reproductive problems - dysmenorrhea, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndromes), anovulation, menopause
  • Sports-related injuries or movement disorders
  • Stress related disorders (endorphin release)
  • Pregnancy - induction, morning sickness, infertility
  • Insomnia

For more information please visit

McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program