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Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine believe that good health depends on the proper flow of a vital energy called qi that moves through our bodies along invisible meridians, or pathways and through all the organs of the body. Inserting needles into particular points along these meridians can move this life force back into proper balance. Western researchers have their own theories: One is that acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. This idea hasn’t been proven, and conventional medicine still cannot explain this ancient theory, but a number of studies show that acupuncture does bring about real physiological changes, sometimes using acupuncture points that are far from the point of pain or other tissue.
In one study, for example, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center used advanced imaging equipment to view the brains of nine patients — four pain sufferers and five healthy people — while they underwent acupuncture. In every case, the researchers saw blood flow increase in the thalamus, a kind of relay station for pain messages in the brain, along with other changes in the brain stem and cortex.
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Prior to their first treatment, many people do not believe that acupuncture can be painless. Different sensations such as soreness, numbness, distending, warmth and pressure may be felt, but the energetic sensation differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant and relaxing. We find that most of our patients are so relaxed during a session that they may even nap.
Acupuncture needles differ from hypodermic needles used for injections. Unlike hypodermic needles which are hollow and cut the skin, acupuncture needles are solid and as thin as a hair.
If you have a real fear of needles, discuss it with your acupuncturist. An appropriate treatment strategy can always be agreed upon.
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Yes, we use disposable single use sterile needles. We employ the Clean Needle Technique. In addition, our experienced Practitioners and Doctors know exactly where to insert the needles, avoiding sensitive areas.
Acupuncture treatments can be safely provided to all age groups, including enfants, children, adults and seniors.
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As each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Among the determining factors are the type of condition being treated, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the over health of the individual. On average, fertility patients require about three months of consistent treatment and monitoring, however there is a big range and variation in patient’s medical needs.
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The number and frequency of acupuncture treatments depend entirely on the physical condition of each individual. On average, patients require acupuncture between once and twice per week. A written treatment plan will be created during the first initial visit to our clinic which outlines the practitioner’s recommendations. All patients receive a copy of the written treatment plan.
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No. You should continue to follow your current physician’s instructions. Please remember that acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician’s treatments not to replace them. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist. Also, most herbs that Total Wellness Centre prescribes do not react with western medication. However, please inform our practitioners of all western medication that you are taking so that they may ensure that their prescriptions do not interfere with the efficacy of other medications.
What are the lamps and electronic gadgets I see during acupuncture treatment?
An infrared lamp as well as low-voltage direct current stimulation via the acupuncture needle may be used to maintain stimulation of the acupoints. These are now well-accepted techniques in bolstering the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture.
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Yes. Each system of medicine has its own areas of greatest effectiveness. Acupuncture excels in those areas in which conventional medicine comes up short. Chronic disease, UNEXPLAINED FERTILITY issues, pain control, and stress related disorders are just a few of the areas in which acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective. Please read our more of what acupuncture and herbs can treat.
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During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behaviour. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviours that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. The practitioner will also use standard traditional Chinese medical diagnostic techniques such as taking the pulses and checking the tongue.
Depending on the problem being treated and your prior condition, you may experience a wide range of sensations the first time you have acupuncture. Since the treatment goal is the restoration and balance of the body’s Qi, some patients will experience a burst of energy while others may feel relaxed or even tired. Many people experience a sense of calm and well being. Occasionally a patient may feel euphoric or light headed, especially after the first treatment.
Small, localized bruises from minor bleeding under the skin are infrequent, but do happen. These are no cause for alarm, and despite the cosmetic inconvenience, they actually provide a kind of bonus treatment. The re-absorption of the blood continues the stimulation of the acupuncture point even without the presence of the needle.
The practitioner will insert the needles and then leave you to rest for a period of time, often 20-30 minutes, depending on what is being treated. In every case, the practitioner will return to both re-stimulate the needles and to remove the needles and safely dispose of them. All you have to do is relax!