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Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is an age-proven, efficient and natural form of healing and treatment of illness and disease. It is one of the most popular techniques of Chinese Medicine, used by many different and diverse people.


Acupuncture involves the stimulation of certain acupoints on the body with very fine, sterile, disposable needles.  This practice of Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach to balancing the flow of qi (energy) throughout your body. 


Each treatment lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Heat stimulation and cupping may be used together with the needles in order to boost the efficacy of healing.

 

HOW  DOES ACUPUNCTURE AFFECT THE BODY?

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. 

(Acupuncture Effect and Central Autonomic Regulation)


DRY NEEDLING VS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture and dry needling are not the same. The experience of these therapies is often very different for patients, an acupuncturist is trained to administer acupuncture for a range of health conditions and to needle into acupuncture points which has effects on  both the muscles and the meridian channels. When using acupuncture points for needling there is likely to be only a minimal pain response.

Dry needling is only used for musculoskeletal conditions and only trigger points (not acupuncture points) are needled.  Trigger points are areas of muscular pain or tension. needling into trigger points illicit a painful response, needling into these structures will most often cause a twitch in the muscle and the sensation may be uncomfortable.  


Refer to a study on the review and analysis on controlled clinical trials of diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture Published by World Health Organization. 


Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is another age-old proven medicine treatment. Chinese herbal medicine is a natural and refined way of using herbal products to promote health and overcome disease. Traditionally, Chinese herbal medicine uses a variety of different ingredients to brew a strong tea.

A typical herbal formula may be comprised of somewhere between 5 to 20 Chinese herbs, skilfully combined to create a well balanced, targeted formula to suit the patient.


Herbal granules are used in clinic. Its manufactured in a carefully controlled process that begins by cooking raw herbs in water until a concentrated liquid is obtained. A special extraction method captures and preserves the volatile oils, which are later added back to the herb product. 


State of the art testing is performed on the herb granules and only those passing high standards for safety and efficacy are used. Laboratory tests check for potential microbes such as E. coli, salmonella and other contaminants. 

Gas Chromatography (GC) testing is used to detect potentially harmful pesticides and herbicides, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) assesses the concentration of heavy metals, and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) measures the potency of active ingredients.

Cold Laser Therapy

 

Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy, or laser therapy that uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers, it does not cause your tissues to heat up and therefore provides a safe, painless and efficient form of therapy for patients.


Cold laser therapy is sometimes called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), or soft laser. In Cold Laser therapy, a low-level light is applied directly to a problem area, usually an area afflicted by pain or inflammation. Tissues absorb the light, which leads damaged cells to have a physiological reaction to the red and infrared light. This reaction happens on biological and chemical level which promotes the regeneration of damaged cells. 


Cold laser therapy is used as a safe, efficient and painless treatment for tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair, relief from pain and inflammation.

Myofascial Cupping

Myofascial Cupping has been used for thousands of years in Asia and it is still being widely used for benefit of muscular disorders. It was recently used in the 2016 Rio Olympic games for pre- and post-competition recovery.


It is used specifically to decompress adhesion’s and scar tissue, relax muscles in spasm, decrease trigger point pain, and decrease tissue changes and inflammation following trauma. Cumulative treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, increase lymphatic drainage and enhances overall ability to recover from workouts and strenuous activity.


Myofascial Cupping uses cups specifically used for ‘dragging’ or ‘gliding’. A special massage oil is placed on the skin first and the cups are gently moved across the skin, usually along meridians or fascia / muscle planes.



Moxibustion (Moxa)

Mugwort, also known as artemesia vulgaris or ai ye in Chinese, has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 


In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.


Refer to the study which examined how effective moxibustion and acupuncture were in turning breech presentation.

Chinese Medicine Dietary. The Yin, Yang, Cold, Hot and Neutral of foods.

According to its holistic concept, all aspects of a person's lifestyle including work, relationships, and daily habits are linked to health. The physical constitution of a person is determined by physiological functions, structures, and internal balances. Ask me about your Dietary guidelines according to Chinese Medicine Theory.