Acupuncture’s Huge Resurgence
Our world is changing and what we want out of life is changing too. We don’t just want financial success; we want long term health and wellness.
We want to see our environment supported with sustainable practices and we are beginning to look at our health in the same way. I believe this is why acupuncture clinics are popping up all over the world.
The Attraction to Acupuncture
What makes it most attractive is the absence of long term health side effects and its source of knowledge to aid the body in healing itself from head to toe, physically, emotionally and mentally.
Although most everyone will experience illness at some point in their lives, the recognition of the mind-body connection through Traditional Chinese medicine theory, can impact the degree of the illness and the speed of recovery within a patient.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional healing therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is used to diagnose, cure and prevents illness through the practice of moving Qi (pronounced Chee) which is the vital energy in the human body.
By inserting thin (hair like) needles into specific points along the energetic pathways (Meridians), we are able to move the Qi and restore balance within a patient’s body. This creates a balanced system (Homeostasis) which promotes healing. Acupuncture is used for acute and chronic conditions, relieves pain, and strengthens the immune system.
How does Acupuncture Help?
- Promotes health and alleviates pain and discomfort
- Regulates/relaxes the nervous system
- Regulates the immune response
- Improves blood flow
- Regulates Qi (Vital Energy) flow
Is Acupuncture Safe?
I use single-use, pre-sterilized, thin (hair like) needles made from stainless steel. Each needle is only used once and then discarded into a biohazard container. I am fully registered with the CTCMA of BC and able to provide the safest and most effective treatment for you.
One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious or long term side effects. It is also an all-natural and drug free therapy.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
This is one of the first questions a new patient asks! The needles are hair thin and most patients do not even feel the majority of them being inserted. Sensation is unique to each person, so if you do feel anything, you might feel slight numbness, tingling, warmth, heaviness or lightness.
For me, a successful treatment is when my patient can fall asleep during the treatment! I’m able to create this experience about 75% of the time.
Many extended health plans do provide coverage for Acupuncture and will reimburse you. You will need to check with your plan provider about their process as each plan is different.
In British Columbia, MSP will cover a portion of your visit for qualifying individuals. Please inquire with MSP on how to submit your receipt to get this reimbursement.
Your First Visit
Before your first visit, you will be sent an Acupuncture Intake Form. This should take about 20 min to fill out and is important to submit prior to your first appointment. This gives you the opportunity to reflect about your main concerns regarding your health in the comfort of your home, and allows me to provide more value in session because I have a great starting point.
During a Treatment
During every visit, we’ll discuss what’s been happening, your health and your concerns. Sometimes to help me diagnose the issues more accurately, I may take your pulse or ask to see your tongue. These are both methods within Traditional Chinese Medicine and I’m happy to explain more about them in session if it’s of interest.
Feeling Your Own Qi
Often spelled ‘Chi’. Some people feel a sensation of energy spreading throughout the body or around the needle. This is a very common and normal signal called the sensation of Qi (Vital Energy). After a treatment, it is common to feel a deep sense of relaxation or a boost of energy.
How Many Treatments?
When I’m looking for support for my own health, I want something sustainable. I want it to be accessible, affordable, not a drain on my time. This is what I want to provide.
Every person is different and the factors that influence a person’s healing recovery time include:
- your constitution
- the impact and severity of the illness
- the quality and abundance of your Qi (vital energy).
While some patients experience immediate relief, others may take more time to assimilate the benefits from the acupuncture treatment. My suggestion for new patients is to plan on a minimum of a month of weekly treatments to be able to really see the true value of how Acupuncture can influence your body/mind/spirit.
If a condition is more severe, an Acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, but with more preventative use of the medicine, monthly or quarterly visits for health maintenance may be more appropriate. The beauty of this medicine, is that the wisdom and knowledge lies in the hands of the patient and as an acupuncturist we are providing a tool to empower our patients to make decisions about their own health.