What is Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is used to ensure the free flow of the body’s energy in order to bring the body back into its natural balance.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient method of health care that combines the use of medicinal herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, massage, and therapeutic exercise. TCM has been practiced for over three thousand years and today one-quarter of the world’s population makes use of one or more of its therapies.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The Aim of Acupuncture is to establish a healthy bodily function by restoring the natural circulation of energy in your body. This energy is known as ‘Qi’.
This form of medicine involves inserting a SOLID filiform needle made of stainless steel – the width of a strand of hair into the skin at specific areas of the body to help achieve a therapeutic effect. NO Drug is injected.
By restoring the natural energy in your body, Acupuncture encourages the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances. This natural healing increases energy, improves moods, reduces or relives pain, promotes a healthy digestive system and can help improve the function of the affected areas in the body.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
People experience the insertion of an acupuncture needle differently. Most patients feel either a dull, achy, heavy or warm sensation when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as ‘Qi’. Most people become very relaxed or will fall asleep.
What Should I Expect From My Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation and treatment entails taking a full medical history. This may include a wide range of questions such as energy, sleep, diet, digestion, urinary/bowel functions, emotional or physical symptoms. The pulse is taken to give valuable diagnostic information and the tongue is viewed to confirm the pulse. Both give information on any organ imbalances. After a diagnoses is made, points are selected, a treatment plan is made and suggestions of additional modalities such as herbs, exercise, massage or dietary advice are given.
The treatment may take up to 60 minutes while the follow-up treatments are closer to 30-45 minutes.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For chronic or complex conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute conditions, one to three treatments may be required. The number of sessions required really depends on the nature of the disorder. At the time of the initial examination, Erica will evaluate your condition and will assess the approximate number of treatments needed.
Can I Get Acupuncture If I Am Using Any Other Form Of Treatment?
Absolutely! The combination of both Eastern and Western medicine are ideal. Acupuncture alone can produce profound results however; Integrative medicine can be very beneficial. Please consult with your Medical doctor regarding any questions or concerns that you may have.
How Can Acupuncture Help With Fertility Treatments?
Improve Egg Quality & Quantity
Support IVF & IUI
Luteal Phase Defects
Reduce FSH Levels
Increase Progesterone Levels
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarianne Syndrome)
PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections)
How Can Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Help With IVF Treatments?
Studies have proven that acupuncture increases success rates for IVF by 35-45%. Most studies demonstrate that acupuncture is effective for raising IVF success rates specifically to treatments given right before and right after an IVF procedure. Most acupuncturists treat for a minimum of 3 months preceding an IVF treatment in order to prepare the body with its natural functions such as increasing the lining of the uterus, increasing the quality and quantity of eggs and to assist with hormonal and emotional imbalances.
Other ways acupuncture helps the IVF procedure include:
Helps to relax the uterus to prevent contractions (this helps the embryo during the critical early time frame)
Keeps the patient calm to support the uterus
Regulates the hormones
Helps to dilate the cervix to make the IVF procedure run smoother
How Does Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine help with Menopausal symptoms?
Acupuncture and Herbal formulas work by managing and nearly eliminating hot flushes, irritability, dizziness, blurred vision, dry eyes, mouth and skin, achy joints, night sweats backaches, headaches, tinnitus, cold hands and feet, depression, edema, insomnia, palpitations, poor memory, mental restlessness and fatigue.
What is Shonishin Paediatric Acupuncture?
Using a variety of specialised tools and techniques, the Shonishin method (Japanese Paediatric Acupuncture) stimulates the acupoints and meridians using rubbing, tapping and pressing methods on the surface of the body. Children generally find the treatment very relaxing and fun, as no pain or discomfort is felt.
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