What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?

acupunctureContemporary Medical Acupuncture is evidence based, precise peripheral nerve stimulation, in which fine solid needles are inserted into various locations in the body, with or without electrical stimuli. The end result is the balancing of abnormal activity in the nervous systems. Needling certain points in the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones. The improved biochemical balance produced by acupuncture improves the body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotional well-being.

So how Does Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve receptors in skin and muscle. Various substances are released that cause an increase of local blood flow that encourages tissue healing. Acupuncture helps to reduce pain locally where the needles are inserted and throughout the body. Acupuncture has a calming effect and produces well-being. It works by inactivating myofascial trigger points. It has been found to have positive effects on the brain. The effects of acupuncture accumulate when repeated.

About the author ...

Ashley Coelho is a graduate of the reputable Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School and is a member of the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario as well as the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario.

Welcome Dr. Jayne Marquis, Naturopathic Doctor, Homeopath

Jayne became a Naturopathic Doctor first, falling in love with the principles of Naturopathic Medicine, which resonated profoundly.

Naturopathic Medicine is a 4-year post University study covering all aspects of physiology, pathology diagnosis and treatment in Natural modalities. It is a primary health-care system, which treats health conditions by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic physicians aid the healing process by incorporating a variety of alternative methods based on the patient’s individual needs – nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Diet, lifestyle, and personal history are all considered when determining a health care regimen, using the following modalities.

• clinical nutrition
• botanical medicine
• traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture
• homeopathy
• lifestyle counselling

It was during her studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor that she decided to treat as a Naturopathic Doctor; but to specialize in homeopathy.

It was with homeopathy that she saw the deepest healing. And so after graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine she went to Ontario’s top school in Homeopathy (The Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine) for 2 more years to become a Homeopathic Doctor. She also graduated from Louis Kleins 3 year master Clinicians coarse in homeopathy and has studied the homeopathic masters; Jan Sholten, Frans Vermeulen, Sankaran and Divya Chambra and more.


Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the philosophy that “like cures like,” or “similar must be cured by similar.” The remedy must match the patient’s symptoms on all levels for the remedy to be considered “similar.” When the remedy matches the patient’s condition perfectly, the remedy is said to be the “simillimum.” This is the remedy that will produce complete healing.

Homeopathy’s miracle lies in its ability to treat the mental and emotional body and physical disease in tandem. As a result, homeopathy is truly holistic. While physical disease symptoms can be alleviated without healing the underlying mental and emotional disturbance, inevitably, the unhealed emotional pain will reappear on the physical level, sometimes in a more severe form.

The clinical emotional and psychological conditions for which homeopathy is most suitable:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Stress
• Anger • Mental illness
• Attention deficit disorder
• Excessive worry, panic
• Issues in relationships
• And much more

Examples of physical conditions homeopathy can treat:

• Asthma
• Skin conditions
• Fibromyalgia
• Digestive disturbances • Menopause symptoms
• Cancer
• Cold/flu
• And much more

“The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, accordingly to clearly comprehensible principles.”

Homeopathy prides itself in being gentle, yet thorough. In addition, it aims to address the entire person, not just the disease, and not just the affected parts. In homeopathy (and naturopathic medicine) it is understood that the individual is more than the sum of its parts.

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Stacey Ayres, Osteopath Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, is the owner of Better Health Clinic, She is a member of the Canadian College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Stacey has a particular interest in pediatrics, chronic pain, post trauma and surgery rehabilitation, and fertility.