Well-known for its ability to relieve pain, acupuncture is also a blessing for those with digestive problems, insomnia, migraines, anxiety or depression, and many other conditions. And, aside from its many healing benefits, most people experience deep relaxation during and after a treatment, letting go of tension they didn’t even know they had.

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How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat injury and disease and to promote good health. It works through multiple effects, including reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, and regulating hormone levels. In general, acupuncture reduces pain, speeds healing, and helps you to function at your best by regulating your body’s systems, such as the digestive system, nervous system, and endocrine system.

One of the most common effects of acupuncture is a deep state of relaxation, which helps the body to heal and reduces any stress-related symptoms.

Does it hurt?

Most people find acupuncture to be painless and deeply relaxing. Acupuncture uses very small, fine needles, and it is common to not even feel them. Occasionally there is some discomfort, in which case the needle may need to be readjusted. Most people who are afraid of needles or worried it will hurt find that acupuncture is a much more gentle and pleasant experience than they anticipated.

What kinds of conditions can be treated through acupuncture?

Acupuncture is famous for its ability to treat pain, including back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and nerve pain. However, the range of conditions that acupuncture can treat is much broader than just pain. The list below is just a sample of the many conditions that acupuncture is effective for and that our acupuncturist is experienced at treating:

  • Digestive problems, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), as well as more general digestive problems including bloating, stomach pain, heart burn, and constipation.
  • Respiratory problems, including asthma, COPD, seasonal allergies, and sinusitis.
  • Women’s health concerns, including menstrual problems, PMS, pregnancy support, and menopausal symptoms.
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Low energy
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes and associated problems such as nerve pain and poor circulation
  • Anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stress-related illnesses

Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

In China, acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine have been used for thousands of years to support the natural process of pregnancy and birth. In the West, many studies have shown that acupuncture is not only safe throughout pregnancy, but also very effective at treating many of the common symptoms that women experience during pregnancy, such as nausea and vomiting, back pain, heart burn, and varicose veins. Acupuncture can also be helpful for women who have a history of miscarriage, and may increase their chances of carrying their baby to full term.

Acupuncture is a good way to prepare for a natural labour and delivery. Pre-birth acupuncture treatments start at 37 weeks and continue once a week until delivery. Studies have found that receiving a course of pre-birth acupuncture reduces the chance of needing interventions during the delivery and tends to result in a shorter labour. Acupuncture is also well-known as an alternative to a medical induction if the baby is past due, and many women are able to avoid the need for an induction by receiving one to three acupuncture treatments in the days before a scheduled induction.

While any qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist can safely and effectively treat women during pregnancy, our acupuncturist, Moss Andrewes, specializes in pregnancy and has completed advanced training in pre-natal acupuncture. Moss is experienced at supporting women through every stage of the process, from fertility treatments, through all stages of pregnancy, and any problems that may arise after the birth.

Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

Most extended health plans that cover chiropractic and massage therapy now cover acupuncture as well.  Please check with your insurance provider to see if acupuncture is included in your plan.

The Wolseley Wellness Centre does not provide direct billing for our acupuncture services, but your receipt will contain all the information needed for reimbursement.


Your acupuncturist


Lisa James D.Ac

Lisa utilizes Traditional Chinese medicine, which includes – acupuncture, Chinese herbs, fire cupping, gua sha, massage, and nutrition – to move a person’s “qi” or life force, eliciting a healing response from the body to improve overall health.

She has received advanced training in Japanese meridian therapy, shiatsu massage, Tung acupuncture, and orthopedic acupuncture and structural diagnosis. Lisa weaves this knowledge with that of traditional Chinese medicine, creating a unique, individualized style of care. Her calm and gentle demeanor makes working with her therapeutic.

She feels fortunate to have completed her training at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her career as an acupuncturist, Lisa was an organic gardener and arborist for many years; the transition from gardener to acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner was natural as she sees many of the same organic principles applying in both professions. She is happy to be practicing back on the Canadian prairies where she was born and raised.

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