What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a medical technique that originated in China over 2,000 years ago and has recently become popular in western countries. Acupuncture works with the flows of subtle energy Qi (chi) within your body by temporarily inserting hair-thin needles at key locations called “acupuncture points.” It improves your mental and physical health by achieving more balanced flow of Qi throughout your body.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a very safe procedure. In a study of outcomes in 101 consecutive patients, there were no complications or ill effects after 720 treatments. Acupuncture needles are made of surgical-grade steel and they are disposed after each treatment.

Is acupuncture effective for treating anxiety and depression?

Both the National Institute of Health in US and the World Health Organization recognize the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating anxiety and depression.


Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help people with mental health symptoms like anxiety, depression, mood swings, melancholies, and mania. Acupuncture helps you to restore the free flow of Qi to obtain mental and emotional well-being. Numerous recent studies suggest that acupuncture is as effective as some antidepressants, and that it has minimal side effects.

What are main conditions we treat by acupuncture?

At Turning Point we use acupuncture to treat many conditions that manifest symptoms of depression and anxiety, such as:


  General Anxiety Disorder
  Panic Disorders
  Addiction issues
  Trauma related issues
  Chronic health issues
  Major depression
  Bi-polar depression
  Seasonal Affective Disorder
  Menopausal Syndrome
  Postpartum depression and/or anxiety
  Stress disorders

What can I expect during the treatment?

Most people report that the treatment is very relaxing for them. Before the treatment, the relevant acupuncture points on your body will receive some gentle massage to ensure the best possible results.  Once the needles are in, you will then relax and focus on your breathing for 15–30 minutes while your Qi rebalances. And then the needles are removed and you are done!

“With the help of acupuncture, I have experienced several breakthroughs where I totally accepted where I was and depression lifted. I really felt A deep sense of peace and ease.”

S. M.

Does acupuncture hurt?

You may feel a slight “pinch” when the needle is inserted. After that, you may feel a dull ache, numbness, warmth, coolness, or a “heavy” sensation. These are all normal sensations of acupuncture. You may also feel pleasant sensations radiating up and down your body.  And sometimes you simply don’t feel anything at all — but the needles are still doing their job.

What shall I do after my acupuncture treatment?

To get the best results you should avoid strenuous exercise for the first 2–3 hours after an acupuncture treatment. Drink lots of water and pay attention to your body’s response to the treatment. You may continue to notice subtle changes for several days after your treatment.

What is cupping?

You may receive cupping in conjunction with your acupuncture treatments. The “cups” we use are made of glass and designed specifically for the healing purpose of cupping.  When we create a vacuum by applying heat in the cup, the suction draws your skin partway into the cup. Cupping promotes blood and lymph circulation to strengthen your immune function and achieve many health benefits.


Chinese herbal medicine has been used thousands of years to help people heal and improve health. Herbal medicine is prescribed according to your specific condition after a thorough and in-depth assessment of your body and energy system. The herbs are safe and natural, and have minimal side effects. We use high quality herbal products that are screened for heavy metals and pesticides to ensure that they are safe.

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