TCM acupuncture is a medicine, as such, with proper TCM diagnosis, it can treat a large number of conditions.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis, acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of ill health and low energy. You will find below an example of disorders and conditions that can be treated with Acupuncture and Moxibustion:
The needles I use are one-time use only and come out of a sterile package. They are not allergenic and of highest quality so they cause no reactions and are never inserted deeply enough to cause damage to any part of the body. I also mostly needle far away from the active disease site. In short, they are safe, safe for babies, safe for children, safe for adult. It is also safe for patients on anticoagulants and for patients with low blood counts. Research:
MAYBE, it's a very subjective feeling.
Acupuncture needles are tiny, thin and flexible, about the size of a cat’s whisker. Once the needles are inserted, some patients may experience a mild tingling or a sensation of fullness, along with an increased sense of relaxation. These are all quite normal and suggest that the treatment is working. If you have needle phobia, needle-less approaches will be employed.
I treat infants as young as a few weeks old. Babies and children, in fact, react very fast to treatment. I tend to use needle-less methods to stimulate the acupoints on children as they are a very gentle, non-invasive treatment.
When needed, I use the thinnest sized needles available (0.12mm in diameter) to superficially stimulate the acupoints and do not leave them in the skin. This in-out technique provides excellent results with minimal discomfort. Babies usually don't cry with this approach.
One to eight thin needles. Average is six needles.
For patients with needle phobia or with very low blood counts, needle-less approaches will be used instead.
Also, I usually do not needle at the active disease site. This means:
That depends on the person, severity of condition, and type of issue. Everyone’s treatment plan is unique and individually designed.
The initial phase of the treatment plan is usually between 1 to 10 visits. The length of treatment depends on how long the condition has been present and how quickly the patient responds to treatment. Generally, if a condition is more acute, patients respond faster than those with chronic issues. Some conditions can be treated in one session. Others require more time.
In Asia, patients come every day to receive their treatment. This ensure fast, steady recovery.
In Canada, there are several barriers to receiving daily treatment. A different approach will be proposed depending on each individual condition and objectives. On average, patients come once to three times a week, depending on the severity, urgency of their condition. We can discuss more about this at the first visit.
You are likely to feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you may feel tired or drowsy and it is worth bearing this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other machinery soon afterwards.
Sometimes, following a treatment, one could experience one or more of the following: tiredness, euphoria, more relaxation, slight headache, temporary increase in pain. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your qi clears and resettles. Most of the time patients feel relaxed and at ease leaving their Acupuncture session.
That depends upon your insurer. As the demand for complementary medicine increases more private health insurance companies are beginning to offer cover for traditional acupuncture performed by registered Acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners. You should check your individual policy details. Generally, insurers do not cover the cost of dried herbs, granules or medicinal tea.
Moxibustion is a focused heat therapy which involves the burning of the natural herb Mugwort over specific acupuncture points or acupoints to positively stimulate the body in a variety of ways. The natural Mugwort is the herb of choice as it burns evenly, and its oils and aromas have a positive effect on the body.
Sometimes, you need a soothing heat to relax your muscles, tendon and ligament or simply to warm up your body. Coarse sea salt can be an in-expensive yet effective way to heal. Consult me on when you should use warm sea salt.
Herbal medicine is a type of medicine that uses roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or seeds of plants to improve health, prevent disease, and treat illness.
Herbs come in decoction, draft, granule concentrate, tincture, and pill forms.
Usually between meals. Drink with luke-warm liquid such as a broth or clear water.
Do not attempt to change its taste by adding maple syrup or honey etc... into your herbal drink. This may change its property and function. Use a straw to send the liquid down with minimal taste.
Granule is a concentrate extract through a decoction process then vacuum-dried. The preparation is similar to mixing a powder tea:
Decoction is a water extract of medicinal dried herbs through boiling process. It's similar to the process of making a broth: