Medical and Wellness Care
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.
Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture
Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive practice of medicine which identifies the interplay between patterns of imbalance in the body and the use of a variety of techniques to re-establish healthy physiologic functioning. Acupuncture is the most commonly recognized practice used in Chinese Medicine and involves the insertion of sterile needles into the skin. Needles are placed at acupuncture points on the body that are known to engage the Qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital force of the body. While the complete mechanism of action of acupuncture remains unknown, it has been shown to induce analgesia, protect the body against infections and regulate a variety of physiologic functions in the body.
In a comprehensive review of evidence-based research done by the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for the following conditions: pain (anywhere in the body, acute, chronic, postoperative, fibromyalgia), depression/anxiety, cardiovascular disorders (hypertension/hypotension), arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis), neurologic conditions (migraines, headaches, neuralgia, stroke), alcohol/tobacco/chemical dependence and detoxification, insomnia, asthma, allergic rhinitis, digestive disorders, and gynecologic disorders. [Please note: This list is not extensive. For the full report and more information regarding acupuncture and acupuncture research please visit the World Health Organization website. The above mentioned study can be found here.]
While acupuncture is not painful, momentary discomfort may be felt upon the initial insertion and manipulation of the needle. The experience of being needled has been described as a local sensation of heaviness accompanied by the feeling of Qi moving throughout the body.
Acupuncture at Quest
Acupuncture is offered in a group setting at Quest either as a component of our Finding and Sustaining Recovery Program (FSR), our Wellness Integrity and Sustainable Health Program (WISH) or through Open Clinic. Open Clinic is available to the public for $25 on a drop-in basis at the following times:
Monday: from 4:00 pm—6:00 pm
Tuesday: from 9:00 am—11:30 am
Thursday: from 9:00 am—11:30 am and 4:00 pm—6:00 pm
Friday: from 12:00 pm—2:00 pm
Saturday (at Flanders Street Clinic): 1:00 pm—3:00 pm
New acupuncture clients may wish to save time by completing the Acupuncture Packet ahead of time and bringing it with them. If it is your first time receiving acupuncture, please review our Acupuncture Resource Page with frequently asked questions. All information regarding the known usage and effects of acupuncture were sourced from the World Health Organization.