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Acupuncture gaining favour for pain relief ; More patients and doctors see the point of ancient practice
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Hanes, Tracy
Date: Sep 14, 2002
Start Page: Y.13
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Unlike injection needles, acupuncture needles are barely thicker than a hair and have solid, rather than hollow, points, which cause minimal discomfort. "I don't take pills any more and while my neck and back are permanently damaged (from the accident), I'm not in the pain I used to be," says [Barbara Montague]. "I think [Isabella Yan] is God's gift..."

Acupuncture has been in existence for 3,000 years but has taken some modern twists: The needles used now are sterile and disposable and some practitioners like Yan use low DC currents to help stimulate the energy flow through the body. It is believed energies of the human body circle through paths called meridians and acupuncture points are typically located along the meridians.

[Nicole Hale]'s mother, who was interested in Chinese medicine, recommended she try acupuncture. After her second treatment she was able to stop taking painkillers and after six weeks, Hale said she felt 90 per cent better."The remarkable part about acupuncture is that it works so quickly. I honestly didn't believe Isabella when she said it would take two or three weeks to ease my pain, but she was right. Physically, acupuncture doesn't take the disc bulge away, but it relieved the pain and allows the body to heal itself," says Hale. While both the public and the medical community are becoming more receptive to acupuncture and some benefit plans will cover some of the treatment costs, one lingering problem is that the profession is not yet regulated in Ontario.

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