How can Acupuncture help me?
The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture to be an “effective treatment” for many conditions, and “of therapeutic value” for many others.
Most people know someone who suffers from some sort of condition which affects their quality of life, yet which eludes mainstream health care treatments (post-herpetic neuralgia, irritable bowel syndrome, various urinary troubles, insomnia, chronic headaches, etc). Many people suffering from these conditions have found relief using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
TCM is a broad term for various modalities, all used as appropriate depending on the therapeutic goals of treatment.
Acupuncture – refers to the insertion of very fine, sterile and disposable needles in locations relevant to the desired treatment outcome. While some sensation at the local site of insertion is necessary for successful treatment outcomes, most people find the treatment to be relatively painless and very relaxing. Side effects can manifest as minor bruising and, rarely, a mild ache at the site of insertion for a short time following treatment. Neither of these are cause for concern.
Herbal Medicine – when warranted, your practitioner will prescribe a herbal formula for you based on your presenting pattern. Certain conditions respond better to a combination of Acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Cupping – a process whereby glass cups are heated and placed on the skin to create a localized area of negative pressure, thereby stimulating the flow of blood in the local area. Side effects can be localized redness which may last for several days. Most people find this treatment very pleasant and relaxing.
Gua Sha (scraping) – is exactly what it sounds like. A smooth edged tool is used to repeatedly ‘scrape’ a certain area (often the back) to produce a redness on the skin. Although the results can look alarming, most people find this procedure very pleasant.
After a comprehensive health history is taken, your therapist will observe the qualities of your tongue and pulse to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan. The treatment plan can be comprised of any number of the above treatments. Always feel free to ask questions.