What is Acupuncture?

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body’s vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow.Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, with the intention to help the body heal itself.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

David Dennis provides Acupuncture, Diet Therapy, Herbal Remedies, & Cupping in Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.  Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles which are gently stimulated to create a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi (sensation of energy). Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed.


How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions, it may only take a few sessions for relief of your symptoms. Chronic conditions can take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?


Acupuncture is used by millions of individuals, and is still in practice from thousands of years ago. Acupuncturists in Alberta are required to undergo extensive education, and are subject to regulations by the College & Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA)

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Your First Visit When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment, this is an opportunity to meet me and an opportunity to ask general questions about Traditional Chinese Medicine. You will be required to sign a consent form, and the acupuncture intake will follow. Questions will be asked to determine which approach(es) would be best suited for you.

Herbal and dietary therapy options may be discussed depending on your intake, and acupuncture will follow. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition, but you can expect approximately 10-20 needles. Once the needles are inserted, other treatment methods such as cupping will be included if there is indication for it’s use.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO),there is documentation of many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture.

Some of these conditions include, but are not limited to:


  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica Arthritis Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain


  • Acid Reflux Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression


  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

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to announce

we are re-opening and accepting clients
June 12th

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