Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient practice with a history dating back over 2000 years. Throughout history, this alternative treatment method has been used in many Asian countries including China, Japan and Korea. Today it is a commonly accessed modality in countries throughout North America, Europe, Australia, etc. Over half of Canadians have tried acupuncture in their lifetimes, many of them using it on a regular basis for not only alleviation of health conditions, but also in order to achieve physical-emotional-mental balance, and to maintain health and optimize overall health.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, simplest, and safest forms of health care in the world. There are several theories to explain how acupuncture works, overall it developed principle that the human body is being controlled by Qi, a life force that many Asian cultures believe flows along channels between the organs. Acupuncture works to unblock, smooth or alter the flow of often unbalanced Qi in the body. This works to stimulate the body's self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms, thus allowing the body to return to balance and thus health.

 

It can treat a wide range of problems (see below), without causing negative side effects. The effects of acupuncture are quite positive; no matter why someone is seeking treatment, it produce overall benefits including: increased energy, reduced stress, lower levels of inflammation, better sleep, improved moods, and often, a general sense of relaxation and well-being.

What can it treat?

One of the most common reasons people seek out acupuncture therapy is for the alleviation of pain (of MANY kinds). What the majority of people aren't aware of is that acupuncture is also excellent for the treatment of multiple other concerns, including (but not exclusive to): 

General:

Fatigue

Muscle Pain, Weakness

Insomnia

Blood Pressure Dysregulation (Hyper & Hypertension)

Circulatory Disorders, Reynauds

Mental-Emotional:
Anxiety
Depression
Stress
PTSD

Immune & Respiratory:
Sinusitis & Rhinitis
Common Cold
Asthma

COPD

Seasonal Allergies (alleviating symotoms)

Gastro-intestinal:
Esophageal Spasm, GERD (Reflux)
Acute and chronic gastritis
Pain Relief for acute or chronic ulcer (pain relief)
Acute and chronic colitis

IBS, Diarrhea, Constipation

Gastroparesis

Abdominal Pain, Spasms

Hormonal:

PMS: Uterine Cramping, Pain, Discomfort, Irritability, Breast Tenderness

Irregular Menses, Amenorrhea

Menorrhagia

Peri and Menopausal Symptoms

Infertility (female and male)

Restoring hormone balance post-BCP

Morning Sickness

Neurological and Musculo-skeletal:
Headache and migraine
Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ)

Low-back pain

Arthritis: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months)
Peripheral neuropathies
Meniere’s disease, Dizziness

“Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”
Sciatica

Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat:
Acute conjunctivitis
Cataract (without complications)

Tinnitus

Hearing Loss
Toothache
Acute and chronic pharyngitis

 

Oncology

Alleviation of Nausea and Lack of Appetite

Pain Management

Insomnia

Improvement in Quality if life

Treatment Options

Traditionally, acupuncture is performed by inserting extremely fine needles at specific points on the body. More recently, other methods of stimulating those same points have been developed for the purpose of alleviating pain or illness and cultivating health, including

Traditional Acupuncture

Extremely fine needles are placed at specific points along the body meridians and channels. The needles are left in for between 15-30 minutes (depending on the person and condition treated).

Laser Acupuncture

An excellent therapy option for those who seek out acupuncture but are for one reason or another uncomfortable with needles. Laser therapy involves the use of cold laser (also known as low level or low intensity laser), which imparts a healing effect and is excellent for the treatment of pain, neurological disorders, skin conditions and immune system balancing.  

Laser therapy has been used in medicine for many years and is excellent for reduce healing time following injury or surgery. Additionally, it is completely safe, non-invasive, absolutely pain free, and there are no side effects to its use. A further benefit is laser therapy appointments tend to take less time than regular acupuncture, as the points are stimulated for a shorter duration.

Electro Acupuncture

In electro-acupuncture, small electrodes are attached to the needles in order to increase or maintain mild, gentle stimulation to the points. 

Electro-acupuncture is not painful and results in a more sustained, often deeper stimulation of points and is employed to alleviate pain, stimulate muscles, 

Auriculo-Acupuncture

Did you know that the entire body systems can be accessed through the ear? Even smaller needles and "seeds" (non-invasive, adherent and stimulatory to points) are employed to stimulate points that correspond to the various regions of the body. A much employed protocol is utilized in the treatment of addictions (of all kinds), mental-emotional disorders, pain and other conditions.

Cupping Therapy

A therapeutic option which involves the use of either glass or silicon cups applied to the skin/muscles. This therapy imparts a deep massage-like sensation which can be used on the back, abdomen, limbs, face and feet. It is a very comfortable therapy which offers both immediate and long term benefits.

Cupping is an excellent therapy that helps to  move stagnation, breakup scar tissued (external and internal), improve blood flow, reduce/resolve pain, open the lungs (especially effective for congestion, coughing, chest colds/infections) and much more.

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Dr Katarine Holewa, ND RAc

Naturopathic Medicine & Registered Acupuncture

Victoria  BC

Phone: 250-995-2005

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