What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a systematic therapy that assesses, treats and monitors all systems of the body for overall balance and well-being.
Meridians points are markers on the body where energy and, often times, pressure build up in the connective tissue causing poor function of the organs related to the meridian and blood stagnation locally.
Acupuncture uses thin disposable needles to stimulate fluid and energetic flow.
Diagnostic tools like auricular therapy, pulse testing, and examining the colour, shape, and coating of your tongue, serve to expose specific internal imbalances.
Treatment plans are custom designed per individual, and vary in frequency and length. You can experience symptoms of calm, relief, ease, energy boost, improved sleep and appetite, pain relief, and general improved sense of well being.
additions to acupuncture
Herbal Therapy – the principles and philosophy of clinical herbal therapy are to combine the use of the pharmacology of medicinal plants, nutritional science and natural health practices. Clinical herbalists assess the health and case history of a client, perform physical exams, use diagnosis techniques and interpret lab results.
Moxibustion – the use of a plant material to heat the body at either certain acupuncture points or specific body areas to obtain a tonifying effect on the body. The use of smokeless "moxa" creates a better environment. By using different techniques and/or materials offers different healing to the individual.
Electro-Acupuncture – creating a millivolt (small) frequency that accentuates the Qi in the needle. By using different techniques one can remove Excess or tonify Deficiency.(This is an IF machine that has TENS capabilities)
Tuina massage – this is Chinese Bodyworks. Using thumbs, hands, elbows, arms to instill specific bodyworks to the client (eg. plucking is grabbing an acupuncture point and "plucking" the tissue to move Qi in a certain way). This is the same Qi that a practitioner puts into a needle. Done in specific ways creates specific Qi. The bodywork on a professional athlete is different before, during and after an event. Also incorporating aspects of Traditional Thai Massage.
Myofascial / Fire Cupping – a small flame is inserted to a glass cup long enough to heat the air inside, and quickly removed before the cup is placed on the skin. Once placed on the skin, the air cools and creates a vacuum. When used in TCM, the cups are used along acupuncture channels, or on specific points to elicit a certain response. It is beneficial in a multitude of conditions including: pain, digestive disorders, poor circulation, organ dysfunction, etc. When used with Western ideologies, the cups are often placed around target musculo-skeletal areas. This is perfect for a variety of bone/joint injury or discomfort.
Auricular Therapy – this is a type of reflexology using the external ear as a micro system to treat most disorders. This is extremely effective in helping with quitting smoking, and also enhancing and complimenting the treatment done on the rest of the body. Either tiny needles are used, or ear seeds are used in the style of acupressure.
Gua Sha – is also known as “skin scraping” or “coining”; either a gua sha tool or a soup spoon is used to “scrape” or massage the skin to remove adhesions and muscle tightness, or can be used along certain acupuncture channels to relieve pain, headaches, and increase mobilization of joints.
Facial Rejuvenation - reduce lines, wrinkles and puffy eyes, plump up skin, increase circulation, and improve muscle tone to influence the aesthetics of your appearance. A natural way to improve the look of your skin, facial shape and youthfulness.
What Does It Treat?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) acupuncture has been found effective in treating the following conditions:
Musculoskeletal: muscle/joint pain and weakness, sprains, injuries, sciatica pain, arthritis, rheumatism
Circulatory: high blood pressure, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia
Gastrointestinal: constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, ulcers, nausea, vomiting, colitis, spastic colon, food allergies, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Neurological: headaches, migraines, facial paralysis, post operative rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, neuralgia, bell's palsy, cerebral palsy
Emotional: insomnia, depression, nervousness, anxiety
Dermatological: eczema, psoriasis, acne, herpes zoster, skin rashes
Immune Disorders: candida, chronic fatigue, HIV and AIDS, epstein barr virus, allergies, lupus, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis
Gynecological/Genitourinary: menopausal symptoms, PMS, infertility, menstrual irregularities, endometriosis, fibroids, morning sickness, complications in pregnancy, chronic bladder infection, kidney stones, sexual dysfunction, impotence
Respiratory: rhinitis, sinusitis, cold, bronchitis, asthma
Facial Rejuvenation: poor circulation, asymmetry, puffy under-eyes,
Other conditions: addictions, stress management, weight loss, fatigue, chemotherapy/radiation side effects, diabetes
Acupuncture is a gentle and sophisticated approach for unlocking stress built up in your body. It's application is excellent as preventative care, and works in conjunction with other therapies to compliment treatment plans.