Acupuncture- One of the Oldest Medical Practices

Acupuncture is a medical practice that originated in China over 3,000 years ago. Chinese medicine is based on the understanding that health is achieved through balance. Some might understand this better as homeostasis. Symptoms like pain and anxiety indicate that there are imbalances or obstruction in the body such as dysfunction of the nervous system, circulation, tissue health, or biochemistry.  As such, your TCM practitioners will utilize your health history, chief complaint, tongue, and pulse diagnosis, as well as general observations to establish a Chinese medical diagnosis and treatment plan. The patient’s symptoms and underlying cause are addressed by a unique selection of acupuncture points and techniques. By treating the underlying dysfunction, we can address a wide range of conditions and many seemingly “unconnected” symptoms in a short course of treatment. Acupuncture is considered one of the best preventative medicines because it can correct minor imbalances BEFORE they become chronic or pathological. Preventative care at its best!

Benefits of Acupuncture

The benefits of acupuncture are recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  It is backed by a large body of scientific evidence and functional MRI studies of CNS effects. Acupuncture is a wonderfully versatile medicine that is effectively used in conjunction with other medical therapies. 

Conditions treated include:

  • ACUTE & CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS
  • WOMENS HEALTH (HORMONES, PMS, FERTILITY, MENOPAUSE)
  • PREGNANCY SUPPORT + LABOR INDUCTION
  • POSTPARTUM RECOVERY
  • MENTAL HEALTH (STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION)
  • HEADACHE & MIGRAINES
  • DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
  • IMMUNITY & ALLERGIES
  • NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS
  • AUTOIMMUNE CONDIDTIONS
  • FIBROMYALGIA
  • FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE * Temporarily unavailable due to COVID

Education

Registered Acupuncturists (R.Ac or R.TCMP) are skilled health care professionals. They apply the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the form of Acupuncture and other supportive techniques. In Canada, the R.TCMP licensure requires the completion of a 3-4 year (2600+ hours) Master’s degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine with at least 650 hours of practical clinical training. For more information visit https://www.ctcmpao.on.ca

Your acupuncture treatments may include additional therapeutic techniques:

Cupping

Cupping therapy has been used for centuries to promote healthy circulation, ease tension and pain, treat respiratory issues, and detox the body. This technique uses gentle suction to mobilize non-circulating (or stagnant) fluids such as blood, lymph, and cellular waste) away from the site of injury thus creating space for new oxygen and fluids for faster recovery.  We use glass cups to create a suction or pulling sensation over muscular areas of the body- the sensation is like the inverse of massage. Cupping may leave red markings on the skin that will clear after a few days. 

Gua Sha

Gua means “to scrape or rub” and “sha” are the markings that can appear on the skin during the scraping. We use a porcelain soup spoon to perform the gua sha technique. The spoon rubs over acupuncture points and muscular areas to improve blood flow to an area, treat pain, and stimulate the immune system. A few minutes of gua sha goes a long way to make you feel better!

Moxibustion 

Moxibustion is a warming technique that uses moxa- the dried herb mugwort- to stimulate circulation, treat pain, and increase energy.  It is held above the skin to warm and activate acupuncture points.  

Auricular Acupuncture/Nada Protocol

The National Acupuncture and Detoxification Association (NADA) Protocol is an ear acupuncture protocol developed to help people recover from substance abuse and alleviate withdrawal symptoms. In a NADA treatment, 5 designated acupuncture points in the ear are needled and retained for 30-40 minutes. These points promote organ recovery, balance the nervous system, and treat stress, anxiety and PTSD.  

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Used as a powerful addition to acupuncture, or as stand-alone therapy, herbal medicine provides a means to improve your health on a daily basis. Whether they are used to build internal strength over the long term or to clear out excess issues like colds and flu, phlegm or acute pain, taking herbs is truly an investment in your health. Formulas are selected based on the unique patterns YOU present and are offered in the form of tea pills or powdered granules for your convenience.