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Acupuncture & TCM

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can function as a complete therapeutic treatment regime and can make an excellent complement to almost any other treatment, including physiotherapy, massage therapy or chiropractic care.
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Erin Hubbell, DTCM, RAc, RMT

Registered Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist

Components of an Acupuncture / TCM Appointment

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Acupuncture
Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique thought improve the body's functions and natural healing ability.  Generally acupuncture is performed by inserting tiny needles into various acupuncture points around the body. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system and trigger the body to produce or release various biological chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain (opioids, serotonin, dopamine, etc.).  These biochemical changes have been shown stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being..

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Gua-sha
Gua-sha
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese healing method in which a trained professional slides a smooth-edged tool across your skin while they press on it. This motion raises small, red, rash-like dots that show under your skin called petechiae. This treatment is believed to help increase local blood flow, and stimulate the immune response in the area treated. People generally use gua-sha to treat chronic pain.
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Fire Cupping
Fire Cupping
Fire cupping is an ancient form of traditional chinese medicine in which a therapist applies glass cups on your skin for a few minutes to which create a suction force. This suction force lifts the skin and often causes the blood and fluid under the skin to create a red or purple colouring. People choose cupping for many purposes, including but not limited to: pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being.
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Nutritional / Herbal Advice
Nutritional / Herbal Advice
Traditional Chinese Medicine has used herbal remedies for thousands of years to assist with health and wellness. An acupuncture appointment may include the recommendation of specific herbs or nutritional supplements to assist with your treatments and enable you to feel better, faster.
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What is Acupuncture and TCM?

Philosophy
Philosophy
Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause pain, injury and disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health.
Assessment / Diagnosis
Assessment / Diagnosis
An acupuncture assessment is conducted during the initial session to allow your clinician to form a diagnosis based upon the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This assessment will include a thorough health history taking, lifestyle questions, and an examination of parts of the body that are sore. It will also include an examination of your face, tongue and various pulse points around your body.
Treatment
Treatment
After the assessment, your acupuncturist will propose, and with your agreement, begin a TCM/ acupuncture treatment plan. These treatments may include the application of acupuncture needles, supplement recommendations, manual therapy including cupping, guasha and other modalities.