Longevity Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre provide the best care for our patients. Wang’s family of Traditional Chinese Medicine practice is well known for their knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture style. In our clinic, each patient’s time is well valued. The doctors will take their time and understand each patient’s situation and help each one of them with their best abilities.
Here are some frequently asked questions for acupuncture.
1. What is Acupuncture?
The practice of acupuncture is based on principles of Traditional Chinese
Medical (TCM) theory, which has a 5,000-year history of diagnosing, treating and preventing illness. Acupuncture involves inserting sterile, disposable needles at specific points in specific patterns, and using these needles to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. No substance is injected into the body. If required, acupuncture should be combined with Chinese Medicine formula and other methods of TCM treatments, such as moxibustion (heat therapy), and cupping.
2. How does Acupuncture work?
The human body has a complex system of 14 channels called meridians, which flow throughout our body distributing Qi (energy), or life force, to all of our tissues. In TCM theory, health problems arise when there is an obstruction in the flow of circulations. Acupuncture works by removing these obstructions and correcting the imbalances within our health. The modern research concludes that stimulating acupuncture points decreases inflammation, increases endorphin, stimulates the circulation, restore the endocrine system and enhance our immune system. Acupuncture restores the energetic balance in the body and stimulates the healing process.
3. Does Acupuncture hurt?
Experiences with acupuncture can be different from person to person. A patient can expect to feel a mosquito bite sensation as the needle is inserted. As the practitioner manipulates the acupuncture needle to stimulate the point, sensations may be felt like a dull ache, a shooting sensation, warmth, cooling, or tingling. These are all considered good sensations, reflecting the efficacy of the treatment. Acupuncture can be comfortable for most people to experience.
4. Is it safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a qualified Registered Acupuncturist. Needles used for acupuncture are fine, sterile, disposable, single-use, stainless steel implements. Electrical stimulation (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, TENS, electro-acupuncture) are used with caution. Women in early pregnancy and hemophiliacs are also treated with caution. Many patients often experience positive effects of relaxation, improved sleep and a general sense of well-being after the treatment.
5. How can Acupuncture help me?
The World Health Organization endorses acupuncture as being an effective treatment for numerous conditions, some of which are listed below.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) writes in their Consensus Statement that “Promoting results have emerged (regarding) efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in post-operative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke, rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma for which acupuncture may be useful. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture intervention will be useful.”
6. What does Acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization has identified a number of conditions that can benefit from using acupuncture.
- cold and flu, sore throat, hay fever
- asthma, bronchitis, sinus infection
- stomach ulcers, colitis, and indigestion
- diarrhea, constipation
- hypoglycemia, diabetes
- earaches, tinnitus
- eczema, acne
- arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, bursitis, tendonitis
- sprains, neck and back pain
- headaches, migraines
- Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia
- morning sickness
- anxiety, depression
- stress, insomnia
7. Acupuncture has also been shown to be helpful for:
- cessation of addictions; withdrawal from caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, sugar, drugs
- post-surgical recovery
- side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
- chronic fatigue
- signs of aging
- dysfunction of the immune system
- acute and chronic pain, etc.
Information cited from Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine Society of Alberta educational pamphlet
Information cited from Holistic Medicine by Emma Jardine