What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the 4 main modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine.It uses the meridians of the body to strengthen and regulate the body’s own energy or expel pathogenic energy. The different meridians of the body each have their own usages or indications and are selected based upon the pattern of the signs and symptoms. Along each of the meridians are corresponding points which have more precise indications and can be used in a more specific manner to each syndrome.
It is the job of the practitioner to select the correct points that will be both effective and efficient for recovery, following the diagnosis.
What to expect from an acupuncture treatment.
The needles used to perform the acupuncture treatment are sterile, one-time use filiform needles. The procedure is compliant with the CNT (clean needle technique)
standards set forward by the NCCAOM. This ensures that the areas being needled are cleaned properly to avoid infection by both the practitioner or by cross contamination from one area of the patient to another. It also ensures that the disposal of the waste materials are handled with care to protect the practitioner
and the patient.
The needles are places in strategic points along the meridians while avoiding major blood vessels or nerves. Therefore, there isn’t any sustained injury that
can take place from properly performed acupuncture. After the needles are inserted, they are left in for an average of 30 minutes before being withdrawn.
What is Acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture can be used for both internal organ dysfunctions (eg. bowels, liver, lungs, heart) as well as external musculoskeletal pain. Since Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic paradigm, its modalities are stronger when used in unison with each other. Therefore, the acupuncture treatment efficacy
increases when used with Tuina, QiGong meditation, exercise and Medicated Diet.