What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.
Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management, Insomnia, Immune health, anxiety and depression, digestive health, hormonal health and more.
How Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China and other part of Asia. In the last few decades, countless studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for the aid of various physical and psychological conditions when carried out by a licensed and professionally trained practitioner. Many people have incorporated acupuncture as an important part of a comprehensive therapeutic treatment plan, as well as a self-care regime combined with other lifestyle improvement tools.
For Relaxation or Therapeutic Relief, or Both
To many first timers, acupuncture may surprise them that it can be very relaxing instead of scary with a bunch of needles inserted in the body. Especially if the acupuncturist applies gentle acupuncture techniques. It is believed that the relaxation inducing effects are one of the major healing mechanisms that acupuncture does to the body.
Whether you require acupuncture as a drug free alternative for alleviating chronic symptoms or as a complement to conventional medicine, Kampo Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture clinic in Downtown Toronto, Ontario offers individuals holistic gentle acupuncture treatment which can be customized to your individual requirement and provide lasting relief.
How does acupuncture work?
One theory that Traditional Chinese medicine uses to explain acupuncture as a therapy for balancing the flow of energy or life force in order to restore and maintain health, — known as Homeostasis in western medicine. Acupuncture points are located along the energetic pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body's natural painkillers such as endorphins. There are also studies such as this suggest acupuncture may have an up-regulating action to the expression of glutamate transporter-1, NR 2 A, cannabinoid receptor (CBR) type 1 and 2. The later suggests acupuncture may act in a similar manner as cannabis in the body.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including bu not limited to:
- Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Dental pain / TMJ
- Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
- Labor pain
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Digestive disorders
- Hormonal imbalance such as PMS, menopause
- Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis
Safety and Risks
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. ligit-headedness, Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal.
What you can expect (at your first visit)
Intake and assessment
To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your acupuncturists will ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. They will also closely examine:
- The parts of your body that are related to your main
- The shape, coating and color of your tongue
- The color of your face
- The strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist
- Abdominal examination by palpation to determine the health of the internal organs in your abdominal
Does acupuncture hurt?
Each acupuncturist has a unique style, Dalu’s acupuncture often blends aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to achieve the best results. During an acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist inserts very thin needles into specific spots on your body. Insertion of the needles usually causes little to none discomfort.
How long is the acupuncture session last?
The initial consultation and treatment may take up to 60-75 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about 30-45 minutes depending on the nature of the conditions.
How many sessions are needed?
A typical treatment plan for ongoing conditions would involve one to three sessions a week. For maintenance of general well being, usually 1 to 2 visits per month are recommended. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it's common to receive 6 to 12 sessions as a course of treatment.
During the procedure
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Very often the appropriate points are far from the area of your pain. Your acupuncturist will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:
- Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don't feel them inserted at all. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.
- Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the
- Needle In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.
- Manual therapy and Cupping. If necessary, your acupuncturist will also perform manual therapy and/or cupping therapy to enhance the
After the procedure
Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. Your condition may begin to improve after the very first session. But not everyone responds to acupuncture the same. If your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.
Is Acupuncture Safe for Children and Pregnancy?
Acupuncture is relatively safe for children and pregnancy with experienced acupuncturists. The needles and techniques used for Children usually are different from adults. Depending on the condition and each childrens’ condition, the size of needles and duration are usually adjusted for recipients.
Choosing a practitioner
If you're considering acupuncture, take the same steps you would to choose a doctor:
- Ask people you trust for
- Check the practitioner's training and
- Interview the Ask what's involved in the treatment, how likely it is to help your condition and how much it will cost.
- Find out whether your insurance covers the Most insurance companies cover acupuncture in their paramedical plans.
If you are looking for a natural holistic solution to improve your health, Dalu Wang, R.Ac, R.TCMP can help you with his holistic treatment. Book an appointment online or call 647-779-1919 to start your journey to better health.