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Acupuncture: 8 Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Healing Art that comes to us from China, Japan and other Asian countries. Endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and traditionally a preventive medicine, it continues to be used by over one third of the world’s population as a primary form of medicine. Acupuncture works well with other forms of medicine, including Western medicine.

2. How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture balances a person’s life energy, or Qi (pronounces “Chee”). Everything in us – all physical and non-physical (i.e mental, emotional) processes depend on the presence of Qi, and Qi is present in all living things. This life energy, Qi, circulates throughout the body in channels, called Meridians. Treatment is based on the premise that health is maintained by a free flow of Qi. A block in this flow may cause disease much like a blocked coronary artery may cause heart disease. Illness and symptoms are associated with some imbalance in the flow of Qi and are considered the body’s cry for help. Lightly touching the Qi energy with acupuncture needles is like opening a gate or releasing congested areas, allowing the energy to once again circulate freely thereby restoring health.

3. What is Acupuncture effective for?

Acupuncture can be effective for a range of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Respiratory, Digestive and Circulatory conditions;
  • Menstrual, Reproductive and Menopausal problems;
  • Neuro-muscular disorders;
  • Addictions;
  • Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and other psychological problems;
  • Insomnia;

Acupuncture also strengthens the Immune System, provides relief from chronic conditions, and promotes overall well-being, personal growth and inner core strength. A variety of people of all ages have found Acupuncture to be effective where other forms of treatment have been unsuccessful. Because Acupuncture treats the whole person, people often report an overall improvement of health in addition to improvement in the condition they originally sought treatment for.

4. What can I expect from an Acupuncture Treatment?

Most individual Acupuncture Treatments last about one hour. During your first session you can expect to have a detailed history taken, and a detailed check-in during subsequent sessions. The acupuncturist will keep a confidential chart in which she tracks your progress. You may ask any questions you like about the treatment or the acupuncturist herself.

Before the actual treatment, the practitioner will feel your pulses to help her in determining the best course of treatment. She will also feel your pulses after inserting needles and at the end of the treatment.

She will then insert several very fine, sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles into different point in your body – called acupuncture points. Some of these needles will stay in place for a time, others will be removed immediately, depending upon your symptom and your pulses. You may be asked to rest with needles in place for 10-15 minutes. Some people will feel improvement in their condition immediately, for others it may take some time – either way is normal and cannot be predicted in advance of treatment.

5. Who practices Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is practiced by a Licensed Acupuncturist (lic.Ac.) who usually has a master’s level training. The profession is regulated by the same medical boards that regulate Physicians.

6. How often should I get an Acupuncture Treatment?

This depends on your reasons for coming to Acupuncture.

If you would simply like to experience relaxation, a decrease in stress-induced symptoms such an overactive mind, worrying, muscle tension, disturbed sleep etc – you are very likely to notice improvement in these symptoms from just one session. This can be especially helpful at the beginning of your vacation as it allows you to leave behind your regular life for the time being and take full advantage of your time off. If, on the other hand, you are experiencing more serious conditions, more intensive and/or more regular treatments are called for.

Any sort of painful musculo-skeletal condition responds well to 2-4 treatments, scheduled closely together, say every day or every other day. More chronic conditions respond best to 2-3 sessions scheduled closely together, followed by regular treatments, say every 2-6 weeks, depending on the condition.

7. What health practices can I do myself to make an Acupuncture Treatment more effective?

I suggest that you do the following:

· Drink at least 2-3 quarts of plain (and warm, not iced) water each day between meals – you can work up to that over the next few weeks – as this helps to settle the treatments.
· Engage in some form of regular exercise and vary it.
· Be sure you get some period of quiet time every day, such as contemplation, journaling, meditation – it can be brief.
· Keep your coffee consumption to a minimum – caffeinated teas are fine.
· Drink 1-3 cups of green tea daily – steeped for at least 5 minutes.

8. Are there any Side Effects to Acupuncture?

There are very few side effects to Acupuncture, especially when compared to medications or surgery. Sometimes people will experience very minimal and short-lives pain or aching; you might get a bit light-headed (it’s important to have recently eaten something before getting acupuncture) and at times there may be a bit of bruising. It is also important to note that you may experience what is termed a Healing Crisis – whereby there may be an initial, very short-lived aggravation of your symptoms, lasting up to a few hours, followed by marked improvement. Healing Crises are a relatively common, but generally not a cause for concern.

9. What About Auricular Acupuncture?

Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture is a separate system of acupuncture. Some acupuncturists practice only this type of acupuncture.

Auricular Acupuncture is most effective for conditions like Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Addictions, and Allergies. At Cabot Shores, may be incorporated into an individual Acupuncture session. Auricular Acupuncture is often provided in a group setting, and for mental conditions and addictions it can be more effective this way. Provided in a group setting, it is highly cost-effective as well as community-building. Groups such as Community Mental Health Centers, Veterans Groups, Detox Centers often employ this form of acupuncture.

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Based on 248 reviews
Sandy Soule
Sandy Soule
February 21, 2023.
Stayed in the Blue Cabin -- cozy but adequate for our family. Dinner was surprisingly delicious, including tasty fresh salad with beets and whipped feta, perfect mussels, and delicious salmon and steak. Friendly staff and excellent guitar music (live). Tasty buffet breakfast included frittata, homemade yogurt and jam, home-baked bread and more. In short, the food and live music were outstanding, the accommodations just adequate.
Gabrielle Ventura
Gabrielle Ventura
February 19, 2023.
If only I could rate them more than 5 starts, I really would.. This is our 2nd time in Cabot Trail and we will definitely be staying here again when we visit Cape Breton this fall! The Yurts we’ve stayed in were always so clean and beautiful. The owner, Paul, accommodated us so kindly with all our needs and more. It felt like we were just visiting a relatives home lol. The staff, most especially Katie, were so patient and helpful to us. Everyone here just goes above and beyond for their customers! I would recommend this to anyone who plans to visit Cape Breton. BONUS: THEY’RE OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND! ANOTHER BONUS: THEY HAVE THE BEST CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE (Made by Paul’s wife)!!!!
Lisa-Steven Sisson-Gledhill (HillSun)
Lisa-Steven Sisson-Gledhill (HillSun)
December 31, 2022.
Wish we could give more stars 🌟 Service was top notch! Everyone was friendly, accommodating and informed about local interests. Food was mouth watering- recommend the seafood and homemade yogurt. Waves each morning were breath taking...highly recommend asking to do local hikes. Kids enjoyed games, sauna, hot tub and rooms felt very spacious. Will definitely return!
Clare Waque
Clare Waque
December 16, 2022.
I attended a wilderness healing retreat and that experience completely changed my life. The low reviews are not a far representation of the authentic and high value experience being offered.
Annshani Fernando
Annshani Fernando
December 15, 2022.
We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful resort and would recommend it to nature lovers. Big shoutout to Paul and his family for going the extra mile to make us feel comfortable.
Varuna Indraratne
Varuna Indraratne
December 12, 2022.
We spent three nights attending a relative’s wedding in early September at this wonderful resort conveniently located right on the world-famous Cabot Trail. We stayed in one of the main lodge rooms which had spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from the window. The resort has a vast property overlooking beach that also includes an apple orchard and organic vegetable garden leading to the shores of the Atlantic. The amazing staff led by the owners Paul and Barbara are very hospitable, friendly and helpful. The food at the wedding reception prepared by the in-house team was so delicious. There are also plenty of options for breakfast and lunch nearby serving a variety of cuisines with Cape Breton flair and friendliness. We highly recommend the Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort for anyone planning a visit to Cape Breton Island!!!
Uthpala M
Uthpala M
December 11, 2022.
We had our wedding at this beautiful venue in September, 2022. Our experience was amazing. Paul, Barbara, and the crew was super helpful from the planning stage all the way until we checked out after the event. The location of this property is unbeatable. We had our wedding ceremony in between two chalets - Red and Blue - overseeing the Atlantic Ocean. We booked three chalets and rooms at the main lodge for our guests and some of the guests rented yurts. The crew at Cabot Shores organized a bon-fire on the night before the wedding and organized a cookout with brick-oven pizzas that was out of this world! The food for the wedding was prepared by the chef of Cabot Shores - Ron - and it was superb. Paul and Barbara also organized local musicians for the event and Flo and her group was fantastic! We have nothing bad to say and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the staff and the natural beauty of the location. We highly recommend this lovely place to anyone planning their wedding or vacation.
Ruwanthika Premalal
Ruwanthika Premalal
December 11, 2022.
We stayed for 3 days at this amazing resort during the end of summer 2022. A great resort with many activities and you can easily access the Cabot shore trail. There are many close by boutique restaurants too for breakfast, brunch or lunch. But you definitely need to try resort's food too which might come from there organic garden to your plate. Their wood fired pizza is so good. During the last day at our stay, we had a wedding of one of our close friends, at the resort. The food was so delicious. The staff was really helpful. I love their compost bin, vegetable beds and mushroom garden too. They have so many isolated yurts which is really great for star gazing and to see the milky way. The little ferry at the river is such a great way to reach the private beach of the Atlantic ocean. We are visiting again, hopefully next year!
Jangchub Zangmo
Jangchub Zangmo
November 29, 2022.
a wonderful place to get out into nature and meet like minded people

Based on 50 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
Verified
Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean! Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers. Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire. Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
Verified
Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
Verified
Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
Verified
Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
Verified
This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
Verified
Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay. It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
Verified
Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
Verified
We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.
Micayla
Micayla
August 16, 2021.
Verified
This place is absolutely beautiful! We loved our stay here. I highly recommend it. All the staff are very friendly. The dome was such a unique experience looking at the stars and watching the sun rise. The beach is beautiful and there’s a little swimming spot 2 minutes down the road that we really enjoyed 🙂

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