What is acupuncture (TCM)
Acupuncture is a unique therapeutic method involving the insertion of extremely thin steel acupuncture needles into acu-points along the meridians to prevent and treat a variety of ailments. While the insertion of needles is an important component of acupuncture, acupuncture treatments without the use of needles can be performed done by manually stimulating the acu-points via acupressure.
Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include:
- Joint and muscular pain (neck, low-back, shoulder etc..)
- Back pain in pregnancy
- Labor pain
- Tension headaches/migraines
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Arthritic stiffness and osteoarthritis
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Dysmenorrhea (painful periods
- Respiratory disorders
- Digestive issues
- Inflammatory skin conditions ( i.e Eczema, Psoriassis etc)
- Post surgical pain
- Chronic pain
What should you expect before treatment?
To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you about your symptoms, behaviours and lifestyle. He or she may also closely examine:
The parts of your body that are painful, the shape, coating and colour of your tongue, the color of your face and the strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist.
This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take 45 to 60 minutes. A common treatment plan for a single complaint typically involves one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it’s common to receive six to eight treatments.
What should you expect after treatment?
Some people feel relaxed while others may feel energized after an acupuncture treatment, but not everyone responds to acupuncture.