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What is TCM?

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that looks at nature, and specifically the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang.  When these forces are imbalanced, it results in illness and when balance is restored, the body is healthy.

Throughout the body there are pathways called meridians, in which energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows.  When the energy is flowing smoothly, the yin and yang forces are balanced. When there is a blockage in the flow of energy, similar to water being blocked by a dam, it results in illness, pain or lack of function in the body.

When there is blocked qi in the body, acupuncture can be used to release the blockage and improve function, which stimulates a healing response in many different physiological systems.  Acupuncture has been found to have an effect on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.  This can result in a decrease in pain, improved sleep, reduced stress, improved gynecological and digestive function, as well as a general improvement in overall well-being.

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific acupuncture points throughout the body.  This is done by inserting fine, sterile needles, and can be complimented with additional modalities such as cupping, Gua Sha (dermal friction) and dietary & lifestyle therapy.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has shown beneficial effects in the following diseases, symptoms and conditions:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Cancer Pain
  • Earache
  • Facial Pain & Spasms
  • Fibromyalgia and Fasciitis
  • Headache
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain & Stiff Neck
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Periarthritis of Shoulder
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Allergic Rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Sore Throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Acute Epigastralgia (peptic ulcer, acute & chronic gastritis, & gastrospasm)
  • Biliary Colic (gallstones)
  • Chronic Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Non-Insulin-Dependent
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Renal Colic (urinary stones)
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Induction of Labour
  • Infertility
  • Labour Pain
  • Malposition of Fetus
  • Morning Sickness
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome

Book an appointment with Meg to see if this type of therapy is effective for you!

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