In order to identify the pattern of disharmony within your body, an acupuncturist uses a variety of tools to determine the associated symptoms and diagnose the root cause of your concerns. An in depth intake form, along with a thorough medical assessment and history, are the starting point to uncover what is going on with a patient. Additionally, acupuncturists will commonly take the pulse, observe the tongue, and palpate along the acupuncture meridians as a way to further confirm their diagnosis. The emphasis with this type of examination is strongly on prevention and every treatment is catered directly to the individual needs of the patient and their unique set of conditions.
The unique part of receiving acupuncture is the practitioner can treat the symptoms while still being able to treat the root cause of the problem. For example, a person with chronic congestion may have a weakness in their digestive functions that hinders their ability to efficiently process the water coming into their system, which in turn produces excess mucous. With acupuncture, we are not only able to treat the symptoms of the chronic congestion, like a stuffy nose and heavy feeling in the head, but also to treat the root cause by building up the health of the digestive system to reduce the production of mucous.
Anxiety and depression are both characterized as mental illness. In Canada alone, one in five people will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime. Whether anxiety and depression has formed due to difficult circumstances or is a diagnosed illness, the most important consideration is our mental and emotional wellness. Many of us don’t realize that this can be addressed within the body.
Anxiety is the most common illness in Canada, and the percentage of physician visits due to stress related ailments ranges between 75-90%.