What is acupuncture?
Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is a holistic treatment that believes all ailments are caused by energy imbalances within the body. To enhance the flow of energy (Qi), fine needles are inserted into various acupuncture points. This helps to treat pain and illness, while bringing balance back to the mind and body.
How can acupuncture help you?
Acupuncture is best known for alleviating pain. However, it can also be used to treat a variety of symptoms and illnesses including:
- Digestive issues
- Gynecological conditions
- Endocrine disorders
- Circulatory conditions
- Emotional concerns (i.e. stress, anxiety, depression)
- Seasonal allergies
- Sport injuries
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune system disorders
- Postoperative pain
- Arthritis pain
- Muscular pain
- Dental pain
- Postpartum recovery
Acupuncture for Female Health and Pregnancy
From menstruation to pregnancy to menopause, a woman’s body goes through many changes during the course of a lifetime. Unfortunately, these changes often bring discomfort and even pain. With acupuncture, women may achieve hormonal and emotional balance during any stage of their journey.
During menstruation, acupuncture can alleviate symptoms including cramps, breast tenderness, mood swings, and digestive issues. Acupuncture can also help you have regular periods without using birth control pills by regulating the hormones that control your period and improving ovarian and uterine blood flow.
Acupuncture can benefit women who are trying to conceive as well. This Traditional Chinese Medicine method boosts fertility and promotes conception by enhancing blood flow to pelvic organs, regulating the follicle-stimulating hormone, balancing estrogen and progesterone levels, and strengthening the uterus lining. Acupuncture is also great for combatting stress, a major factor when it comes to infertility.
The benefits of acupuncture don’t stop when a woman becomes pregnant. Morning sickness, anxiety, insomnia, and gestational high blood pressure can all be treated. Starting at 32 to 36 weeks, acupuncture and moxibustion may naturally turn a breech baby in order to avoid a C-section. Between 36 and 37 weeks, weekly acupuncture treatments can help you prepare for labour by softening the cervix, increasing energy, easing lower back or pelvic pain, encouraging optimal fetal presentation for birth, and possibly reduce the need for medical intervention and induce shorter labour times. At over 40 weeks, a few sessions can help facilitate labor.
After you’ve welcomed your baby to the world, acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine can enhance milk production, treat postpartum depression, and replenish energy and blood after labour.
Regular acupuncture treatments have shown to ease hot flashes, night sweats, sugar cravings, while relieving pain and emotional stress.
What do acupuncturists do?
During the initial consultation, your Registered Acupuncturist will assess you by asking questions about your health history, perform physical examinations according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, and discuss treatment options.
During treatment, fine needles will be gently placed into various areas of your body. Depending on the condition that is being treated, the needles will be kept in place for as little as 15 minutes or as long as 50 minutes.
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is not painful as the needles are smooth, rounded at the tip, and thinner than a human hair. Sensations felt can including tingling, achiness, warmth, distension, heaviness, or lightness. Many people find acupuncture relaxing and often fall asleep during treatment.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial rejuvenation acupuncture, is a safe, painless and effective treatment that rejuvenates the face and improves overall health. The stimulation of acupuncture points improves blood and lymph flow and increases skin elasticity and tone, which results in a more youthful look.
What are the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture?
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves acne caused by hormonal imbalances
- Increases collagen production
- Helps reduce puffiness under the eyes
- Firms facial muscles and helps with sagging jowls
- Tightens the pores
- Brightens the skin and helps even out the tone
- Improves skin moisture
What is the treatment protocol?
- Your session will start with acupuncture. Fine needles will be applied on multiple acupuncture points on the face and on areas of discoloration (either hyper or hypo-pigmentation).
- The next step involves a short lymphatic drainage of the face/neck areas and the application of small, rubber cups. The cupping procedure is absolutely painless. In some instances, minor skin reddening can happen, but will usually go away within a few hours.
- A serum and moisturizing cream are applied in the final step. The type of serum/cream used depends on the patient’s skin type and their known skin sensitivities. Many patients find the procedure very relaxing. For best results, eight to ten sessions are recommended, however, results will be noticeable after only three to four treatments.
Many patients find the procedure very relaxing. For best results, eight to ten sessions are recommended, however, results will be noticeable after only three to four treatments.
Why choose cosmetic acupuncture over other alternatives?
Cosmetic acupuncture is an excellent alternative to invasive procedures like fillers, and surgical face-lifts. Not only is it far less costly, it’s safe, painless, and effective too. Cosmetic acupuncture requires no recovery downtime and patients report little to no side effects. While it won’t produce as dramatic results as invasive procedures or change the shape of your facial features, cosmetic acupuncture will help you look younger and more radiant.
Following the initial course of treatment, monthly maintenance sessions can prolong the results for years to come. The benefits of a monthly maintenance program extend beyond the face, it helps improve overall health and vitality as well.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a therapeutic technique where small glasses or plastic cups are placed on the skin and used as suction devices. The suction pulls the skin and superficial muscles slightly into the cup to relax muscles, encourage blood and lymphatic flow, resolve deep scar tissue, speed up the healing of injuries, open up skin pores, and facilitate in the removal of toxins. As a result, cupping is used to treat a variety of conditions including stiff muscles, back and neck pain, headaches, migraines, rheumatic conditions, anxiety, insomnia, asthma, and the cold or flu.
Cupping will result in some skin reddening or bruising. The amount of bruising is determined by how much suction is in the cup, the duration of treatment, and level of stagnation in the muscle tissue. Most cupping marks will go away in a few days, but may last beyond a week in some rare cases. Please inform your practitioner if you are concerned about such marks in areas that could be visible.
You can add shiatsu massage to your acupuncture or cupping treatments. To get the most out of your shiatsu treatment, please bring or wear a comfortable t-shirt, stretchy or loose fitting pants, and socks. This type of clothing allows your Acupuncturist to stretch and adjust your body alignment.
Originating from Japan, shiatsu is a hands-on therapy where the fingers and palm are used to apply comforting pressure to various points on the body. This pressure improves blood flow, stimulates the nervous and immune systems, and removes energy blockages by realigning meridian points. As a result, the body and mind become balanced and the natural healing power of your body is maximized.
Our Registered Acupuncturist’s shiatsu technique is a combination of trigger point therapy, acupressure, assisted stretching, and joint mobilization.