What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is used to ensure the free flow of the body’s energy in order to bring the body back into its natural balance.

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning based on the Chinese Medicine view. This is done by inserting needles, applying heat, electrical stimulation or a laser at very precise acupuncture points.

How does Acupuncture Work?

The Aim of Acupuncture according to Oriental medicine, is to establish a healthy bodily function by restoring the natural circulation of energy in your body. This energy is known as ‘Qi’.

This form of medicine involves inserting a SOLID filiform needle made of stainless steel – the width of a strand of hair into the skin at specific areas of the body to help achieve a therapeutic effect. NO Drug is injected.

By restoring the natural energy in your body, Acupuncture encourages the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances. This natural healing may assist by increasing energy, improve moods, reduce or relive pain, promote a healthy digestive system and may improve the function of the affected areas in the body.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

People experience the insertion of an acupuncture needle differently. Most patients feel either a dull, achy, heavy or warm sensation when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as ‘Qi’. Most people become very relaxed or will fall asleep. Laser Acupuncture can also be helpful and patients can also feel either a dull, achy, heavy or warm sensation or no sensation at all.

What should I expect from my initial consultation?

The initial consultation and treatment entails taking a full medical history. This may include a wide range of questions such as asking about your energy, sleep, diet, digestion, urinary/bowel functions, emotional or physical symptoms. The pulse is taken to give valuable clinical information and the tongue is viewed to confirm the pulse. After a full assessment is made, points are selected, a treatment plan is made and suggestions of additional modalities such as exercise, massage or dietary advice are given.

The treatment may take up to 60 minutes while the follow-up treatments are closer to 30-45 minutes.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For chronic or complex conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks or months may be recommended. For acute conditions, one to three treatments may be required. The number of sessions required really depends on the nature of the disorder. At the time of the initial examination, Erica will evaluate your condition and will assess the approximate number of treatments needed.

Can I get acupuncture if I am using any other form of treatment?

Acupuncture can definitely be used in conjunction of any other form of treatment. The combination of both Eastern and Western medicine are ideal. Acupuncture alone can help to improve various conditions however; Integrative medicine can be very beneficial as well. Please consult with your Medical doctor regarding any questions or concerns that you may have.

How can Acupuncture help with IVF treatments?

Most acupuncturists provide services for a minimum of 3 months preceding an IVF treatment to get the body into an optimum state of health.

Our treatment plan is to have the patient come in once before the egg collection, and twice in one day – before the egg transfer and after the egg transfer. This is done to help relax the body and mind during the procedures and to prevent muscle contractions.

Generally, patients will come in once a week until results are received and they continue to come in once per week regardless of the result i.e. to support the pregancy or continue with getting their body back into its optimum state of health.

Be sure to consult with your Fertility specialist if you have any questions.

Laser acupuncture is the application of infra-red light instead of using traditional acupuncture needles. Laser therapy is a non-invasive, pain-free, light-based therapy that uses red and infrared light to target inflamed, injured and diseased tissues.

The laser is used on specific acupuncture points stimulating the area similar to the way acupuncture needles do. The practitioner will hold the beam steadily for a period that can range from ten seconds to a maximum of two minutes.

A patient may feel slight tingling, movement of energy or ‘Qi’ close to the area where the beam is being used or they may feel nothing at all although, still receiving the benefits as they would with the use of an acupuncture needle.

What is Shonishin Paediatric Acupuncture?

Using a variety of specialised tools and techniques, the Shonishin method (Japanese Paediatric Acupuncture) stimulates the acupoints and meridians using rubbing, tapping and pressing methods on the surface of the body. Children generally find the treatment very relaxing and fun, as no pain or discomfort is felt.

What is Tapping?

Tapping is also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It is using your fingers to tap on the endpoints of meridians in your body while making a statement and focusing on various health problems that are challenging us. While tapping, a signal is sent to the amygdala in the brain releaseing that ‘stress’ in the body that is held in your body’s memory.