Registered Acupuncture & TCM Explained
A Registered Acupuncture or treatment by a TCM practitioner consists of a careful assessment of the patient to determine how and where the needles are placed during treatment. The combination of careful assessment along with delicately and accurately positioned needles can be a powerful pain control, prevent disease through enhanced immunity and balance and improve the body’s flow of energy to all vital organs. The process of regulating the energy flow thru the body called Qi or chi pronounced “chee” is the underlying principal of an acupuncture treatment.
Qi flows around the body through channels called meridians. 12 regular meridians corresponds to six yin and six yang organs—the spleen meridian to the spleen organ, the large intestine meridian to the large intestine organ, and so on. Acupuncture treatments also use eight extra meridians.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes acupuncture helps Qi flow smoothly through the meridians. This effects changes in the internal organs and musculoskeletal system towards a perceived higher quality of health as the beneficial outcome.
Our style of acupuncture has long standing roots in China and requires time to do its work. We believe that applying heat and muscular massage to the tissues prepares and enhances the effectiveness of the needle. We think massage therapy and acupuncture are a great fit for this reason. Book an appointment today and experience the benefits of your balanced Qi.
How does Acupuncture work?
Disharmony in an organ often shows up in its corresponding meridian. Practitioners can palpate a point on the corresponding meridian to assess the health of its related organ and sometimes the entire meridians are treated.
For example, a practitioner might treat a sore shoulder by increasing the flow of Qi and blood through the large intestine, lung, and triple burner meridians. The organs related to these meridians may be completely healthy but these meridians are selected because they pass through the area of the injured shoulder. Although they flow deep within the body, each meridian has specific points that can be accessed from the surface of the body via the shallow insertion of a thin needle.
What do needles do in a Registered Acupuncturists treatment?
Modern practitioners use surgical quality stainless steel needles that can vary in length and dimension depending on the treatment and practitioner style. Some needles can be plated with silver, gold, or copper to enhance the efficacy of the treatment. Sterile needles like other medical devices have expiration dates and are used only once and then discarded.
Needling can effect the body and acupuncture points in different ways. Each acupuncture point has a specific set of functions and some functions are local, while some are systemic. As an example if the energy relating to the point is weak or the corresponding organ function is sluggish, then stimulating the point to tonify it would be indicated. On the other hand if the point is sensed by the acupuncturist to be over stimulated as in a stressed or painful condition then the treatment would call for sedation or relaxation of the energy flowing through that point/meridian.
What is TCM?
TCM stands for traditional Chinese Medicine. The practice of TCM was the original Chinese method of health care performed by practitioners and Doctors of Chinese Medicine from centuries past. Today TCM is practiced as an alternative or support to western styles of allopathic medicine. Along with Acupuncture TCM may include the following:
Tui Na (Chinese style massage therapy)
Acupressure (apply pressure strategically to meridians and acu points)
Gua Sha (a scaping technique using a blunt edged tool to increase circulation and the flow of Qi)
Dietary Advice and Herbal Remedies
Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing in the history of mankind. It is practiced by College trained and Regulated Registered Acupuncturists as well as Physicians and Physiotherapists. So a resounding yes, acupuncture works! It is definitely worth experiencing, call today and inquire about how acupuncture can benefit you. Some researched studies have shown it to be effective in the treatment of stomach pain, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, fatigue, and low immunity. Needle insertion can relieve certain pain conditions immediately. Modern research confirms that applying needles to specific acupuncture points actually raises the white blood cell count, thus improving immunity and defense against allergies and respiratory illness. Research in China and Japan with electrical conductivity has confirmed the tangible existence of the acupuncture points and double-blind studies have shown acupuncture is safe and effective in treating a wide range of diseases. In some Chinese hospitals, acupuncture substitutes for anesthesia.
World Health & Acupuncture
The World Health Organization recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments, namely for pain relief, neurological and gastrointestinal disorders. Acupuncture has been used to treat pain as an alternative to costly anesthesia and analgesic (pain) medication. Acupuncture has been researched proving its efficacy to improve the natural immunity in patients. Enhanced immunity can reduce the necessity for antibiotics in countries where these medications are less accessible.
Acupuncture & TCM Rates:
Initial 75 minute treatment and consultation ~ $120
60 minute subsequent treatment ~ $95