Acupuncture (TCM)

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 (but are not limited to):

  • Joint and muscular pain (neck, low-back, shoulder etc..)
  • Sciatica
  • Back pain in pregnancy
  • Labor pain
  • Tension headaches/migraines
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Arthritic stiffness and osteoarthritis
  • Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety

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 during treatment?

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body, and the appropriate points to be treated may at times appear to be far from your chief complaint or targeted area or pain. After a careful assessment, your practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A sheet will be provided for you to cover yourself appropriately, and you will lie on the treatment table for treatment.

During treatment, acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points (acu-points) on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little to no discomfort. Treatments typically use between five and twenty needles . During the insertion of the needles, you may feel a momentary mild aching, pulsating or throbbing sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles, as required or needed for your treatment to help produce optimal results. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

Treatment may include acupressure, Tuina massage or tool-assisted Gua Sha soft-tissue release, moxibustion, herbal and dietary supplements, and cupping.

  • Dysmenorrhea (painful periods
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues
  • Inflammatory skin conditions ( i.e Eczema, Psoriassis etc)
  • Post surgical pain
  • Chronic pain

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. 

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