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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing, which involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles into specific areas of the body. Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves in certain points on the body, which in turn creates biochemical responses in other areas of the body.
For example, these biochemical responses can include reactions such as endorphin release to eliminate pain, neurotransmitter release to help improve sleep quality or mood, endocrine stimulation to balance all families of hormones, and immune stimulation to increase resilience to cold or flu.
Acupuncture also increases blood flow to targeted body areas. Along with healthy fresh blood comes nutrients, oxygen and white blood cells which greatly helps to facilitate the healing of many varied health disorders.
When performed by a qualified registered acupuncturist, acupuncture is very safe, effective, and has virtually no negative side effects. Acupuncture has been shown to treat hundreds of health conditions, some of which include:
Pain: Acute and chronic pain, virtually anywhere in the body. Back pain, neck pain and headaches/migraines, TMJ, sciatica, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, joint pain (spine, jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, hip, knee, ankle), plantar fasciitis, muscle aches & tensions, sports related injuries, tendonitis, fibromyalgia.
Trauma: Pre-surgery preparation, post-surgery, wound or trauma healing.
Neurological Conditions: Neuropathy, numbness, tingling, stroke, Bell’s Palsy.
General Health: Sleep disorders and insomnia, fatigue, weight loss or gain, blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetes.
Emotional Health: Stress, anxiety, depression.
Digestive Conditions: Nausea, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, IBS.
Respiratory Health: Sinusitis, rhinitis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, common cold.
Gynaecological Conditions: Infertility, PMS, menstrual disorders, painful menstruation, menopausal symptoms, pregnancy support, morning sickness, labour induction, postpartum recovery.
Addictions: Smoking, drugs and alcohol cessation, withdrawal support, sugar or food addiction.
Preventative: Treat minor issues before they develop into serious conditions.
With a history of 2000 to 3000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.
The clinical diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are mainly based on the Yin-Yang and Five element theories. These theories apply the phenomena and laws of nature to the study of the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body and its interrelationships. The typical TCM therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Qi-gong exercises. With acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain areas of the external body. Herbal medicine acts on zang-fu organs internally, while Qi-gong tries to restore the orderly information flow inside the network through the regulation of Qi. These therapies appear very different in approach yet they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions and insights in the nature of the human body and its place in the universe.
For a more detailed account of how Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be of benefit to your health care please read the information page, "Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine" on the CTCMA British Columbia website (http://ctcma.bc.ca/).
The Initial Visit includes a 30 minute assessment and one hour of treatment. Subsequent Visits are one hour.
Note: M.S.P. provides partial coverage for 10 combined visits per year; i.e. acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathic, podiatry and physiotherapy (a combined total of 10 visits) for those on income or premium assistance. Please call for more information.
1Source CTCMA (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists Association of British Columbia), "Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine".