What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine with origins in China thousands of years ago. Today, acupuncture is a respected form of medicine used by millions of people throughout the world. Acupuncture is the stimulation of Qi flow throughout the body by inserting very thin hair-like needles at specific nodes in the body to address various ailments. Nodes are carefully selected for each person’s particular condition. The stimulation of Qi gives the body a chance to re-balance from negative effects of daily stresses and diseases. The stimulation of these acupuncture nodes affects both the central and peripheral nervous system. This will initiates the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins. It also activates the body’s circulation and blood flow.
Acupuncture session also involves various techniques other than needles. Techniques such as acupressure, tuina massage, moxibustion, guasha, and cupping may be used as part of the treatment. In looking at the holistic approach, nutrition and lifestyle coaching may also be part of your session. Our clinic is trauma sensitive.
Don’t like needles? Don’t Worry!
Other modalities within the scope of an acupuncturist include cupping and tuina massage that are great addition or options to needles.
Cups made of thick glass, plastic or silicone are used and placed over particular points on the body. A suction vacuum is created to draw the skin up, and acts like a negative pressure massage. This method opens up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate circulation, balances the flow of Qi, and detoxify.
A combination of acupressure, massage and other forms of body work to stimulate circulation, and open up blockages.
Also known as scraping is a massage tool used to scrape a person’s skin to address chronic pain, improve circulation and move Qi around the body.
Acupuncture nodes are stimulated using practitioner fingers or other devices to apply pressure and obtain therapeutic benefits
What conditions can acupuncture help with?
In 1979, The World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of conditions proven to respond to TCM Acupuncture such as:
Mental-Emotional: anxiety, depression, stress disorder, insomnia
Respiratory Tract: acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, common cold, acute tonsillitis
Gastro-intestinal Disorder: constipation, diarrhea, spasms of the esophagus and cardia, hiccough, gastroptosis, acute and chronic gastritis, gastric hyperacidity, chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), acute and chronic colitis, acute bacillary dysentery
Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders: headache and migraine, trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ), facial paralysis (early stage ie: within 6 months), muscle weakness following stroke, peripheral neuropathies,meniere’s disease, bladder dysfunction, bedwetting, intercoastal neuralgia, cervicobrachial syndrome, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, back pain, osteoarthritis
Disorders of the eye: acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, myopia (in children), cataract (without complications)
Disorders of the mouth: toothache, post extraction pain, gingivitis, acute and chronic pharyngitis
New research also shows Acupuncture can effective in conditions such as: allergies, blood pressure issues, adverse reactions to radiation and chemotherapy, infertility, sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction), nausea, breech babies, induction of labor, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, immune support