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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) procedures. As an essential part of TCM, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, metallic needles, (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus), on some specific points (acupuncture points or acupoints) of the body’s surface.

How Does Acupuncture Work?
Multiple researches have been conducted by scientists about how acupuncture works. The most widely accepted theory is the energy theory that is called ‘Qi’ in Chinese (pronounced as ‘Chee’).
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that there is universal life energy ‘Qi’ in every living creature. This energy is circulating in regulated patterns throughout the body along specific pathways that are called ‘Meridians”. So far, 14 meridians have been identified throughout the human’s body.

How Is The Treatment Carried Out?
In acupuncture, 10~30 very fine needles are inserted into the acupuncture points of the body (called “Shue Wei” in Chinese). The needles are left in places for 20~30 minutes.  Manipulated by hands or electrical stimulations during the course of treatment, they produce a beneficial effect on other related parts of the body. The number of needles required and the length of time needles are kept in the body depend on the problem and the consultation with the acupuncturist.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

One of the striking advantages of acupuncture is that there is no side effect. In our clinic, only sterile needles are used for the treatments. These needles come in sterile containers and are used only once, and then disposed of.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

Some people may be afraid of needles and assume that acupuncture is painful. Actually, there is no pain at all. The needles used for acupuncture are solid and extremely thin, much thinner than those used for injections or blood drawing.

When the needles reach the acupuncture points, there is a sensation that could be described as tingling or numbing, rather than as ‘painful’. Sometimes, you may feel the sensation of soreness, heaviness, distension, or pressure during the course of needle insertion. These sensations may also be transferred along the acupuncture channels to another part of the body. None of those typical feelings could be described as painful.

Rachel’s Homeopathy & Holistic health has highly experienced and skillful acupuncturists who provide the following treatments in our center.

  1. Herbal Medicine/Chinese medicine
    Herbal medicine has a long history in China. Herbs can be categorized into “food herbs” and “medicinal herbs”. Medicinal herbs are dispensed to each patient as an individual formula, based on the patient’s medical condition, in the form of herbs’ original shapes or formulated powder, tea, tablets, encapsulations or syrups.
    Medicinal herbal therapy works in concert with acupuncture by providing the nourishing support for the energetic “re-programming” and “re-balancing” efforts of acupuncture.
  2. Cosmetic Acupuncture
    Cosmetic Acupuncture is sometimes also known as Acupuncture Facelift. It is a pain-free, non-surgical method to reduce the signs of aging. It has been discovered that some meridians either begin or end on the face while some others have internal branches that go to the face. By inserting acupuncture needles into some specific points around the face, the flow of energy through the face can be manipulated to reduce wrinkles, make skin delicate and fair, improve the elasticity of the facial muscles and eventually rejuvenate the looking of the face.
  3. Cupping Therapy
    Cupping is a method of stimulating the acupuncture points by applying suction through a glass jar or plastic cup, in which a partial vacuum is created. This procedure produces blood congestion at the site, and, therefore, stimulates the flow of Qi through the acupuncture points. Cupping is often used for back pain, sprains, soft tissue injuries, etc.
  4. Moxibustion Therapy
    Moxibustion is another traditional Chinese medicine procedure that is usually used together with acupuncture. An acupuncture needle is inserted into a specific point and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa, a small spongy herb, and ignited for generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to stimulate the flow of Qi, restore and maintain health.
  5. Gusha (Scraping)

Gusha aids in the circulation of the superficial layers of the muscle and skin. It can also be used as a treatment to avert the flu symptoms in the initial stages. If a patient feels pain associated with an acute or chronic disorder, Gusha can be used. There may be aching, tightness, a feeling of stiffness and restriction of movement, tenderness and /or a knotty feeling in the muscles. Palpation (the process of feeling with the hands or fingers during a physical examination) reveals specific areas that may benefit from this technique. Guasha is used to treat as well as prevent the common cold, flu, back pain, neck and shoulder pain, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain and the congestion of the bodies Chi (Qi) and Blood.

Tuina

Chinese medical massage, or Tuina, utilizes the same principals of diagnosis as acupuncture, cupping and other therapies taught at Chinese medicine schools.

Tuina translates to pushing and grasping, and refers to the rigorous massage techniques used in this type of Asian bodywork. Using fingers, hands, elbows and knees, practitioners stimulate acupuncture points, correct the flow of meridian pathways and activate the circulation of Qi and blood in muscles, joints and tissues.

By correcting the flow of energy through the body and balancing yin and yang energies, the body improves its ability to heal and prevent disease. This approach addresses not only physical but also psycho-emotional health.

Amongst the many applications of Tuina, the following are emphasized: the chronic or acute pain of the muscles, joints and skeletal system, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, insomnia, constipation and stress related tension.

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Acupuncture & Consultations:

60 minutes (1 hour) = $ 90
Follow up (30 minutes) = $ 65
Community service/ Students/Seniors = $ 55+ Hst
Package deal:
3 visits = $180
5 visits = $300

 

Mail Us: acupuncture@rachelsholistichealth.ca 

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