Asian Medicine, which includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been practiced for thousands of years but is relatively new to North America. Studies undertaken since the 1970s are helping us to understand the science of this mystic healing art.
Western and Asian medicines are often complementary. Sometimes Western medicine has little to offer nagging chronic complaints. Asian Medicine can be very beneficial in these conditions.
Asian Medicine treatments may incorporate acupuncture, herbal remedies, diet, exercise and/or massage. The duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present.
The benefits of acupuncture treatment are clearly recognized and well documented in Western medical journals and in medical institutions across Canada. Used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body, it is safe and effective, and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body and is an effective therapy for acute and chronic conditions. Because of individual variation in levels of sensitivity, needle insertion goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, warmth or heaviness. The needles usually remain in place for 15-20 minutes. Most people are pleased to find that sessions are not uncomfortable and even look forward to them.
The duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present. Acupuncture may be scheduled as often as three times a week or as little as twice per month. Some patients need only a few sessions while others need sustained care to reverse entrenched patterns.