Acupuncture Victoria BC
Acupuncture is one of many treatment tools used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Developed over 2000 years ago in China, TCM uses analogies from nature to understand and describe the workings of the body, and seeks to balance the inner functional environment of the body with the external environment in which we live. By achieving this balance, the body it is better able to regulate itself.
According to TCM theory, energy flows through the body via ‘meridians’ that correspond to the organs. Acupuncture points are found along these meridians, and are used to enhance the flow of ‘Qi’, or life energy. Blockages or disruptions in the flow of Qi is believed to be the cause of pain and illness.
Although these beliefs are ancient in origin, they are still relevant in today’s world. Stress, for example, can affect our physical and mental health. Whether in the form of marauding invaders or 50 emails in your inbox at work, Acupuncture and TCM can help alleviate the symptoms and address the root causes of stress.
The following conditions, and more, can benefit from treatment with acupuncture:
- Stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia
- Digestive concerns: colitis, constipation, diarrhea
- Sports injuries
- Motor Vehicle Injuries
- Sciatica, disc degeneration
- Allergies, asthma
- Bells Palsy, TIA’s, Stroke
- General muscle pain: Back/Neck/Shoulder/Knee
- Headaches, Migraines
- Painful menstruation, irregular menstruation, infertility
- Morning sickness, breech baby
Along with Acupuncture, Registered Acupuncturists having the following in their therapeutic tool kit:
Motor Point Acupuncture is a Western style of acupuncture that is used to release spasm or chronic tension in muscles, and ‘reboot’ weak and poorly functioning muscles. A Motor Point is the area within a muscle that requires the least amount of stimulation to cause a fasciculation, or muscle twitch. The ‘twitch’ or ‘jump’ that occurs when a Motor Point is needled is believed to reset the muscle spindle (sensory receptors within the muscle that indicate, via the nervous system, how long the muscle should be), when it is dysfunctional due to injury or chronic poor posture.
Cupping is a TCM technique in which glass cups are applied to the skin by way of a vacuum, which is created by lighting an alcohol-soaked cotton ball on fire. After the oxygen in the cups is burned by the flame, the cups are quickly applied to the skin creating suction. Once applied to the affected area, the cups are believed to ‘suck out’ toxins. The vacuum in the cups causes blood to collect in the affected area to support the healing process. Unlike Western massage, the suction from the cups draws the tissue up, opening and pulling it apart. This assists the lymphatic and circulatory systems, invigorates the skin, drains excess fluid and toxins, stimulates the peripheral nervous system, and releases fascial adhesions.
Gua Sha is a method in which a tool, traditionally made from jade or bone, but now made from plastic, is scrapped over the skin. ‘Sha’ refers to the redness that is produced by this technique. Gua Sha is used to treat local pain and stagnation on the surface of the body, and is used to alleviate pain, stimulate lymph and blood circulation, and decrease local adhesion of tissue.
Diet Therapy involves the use of food as medicine following TCM theory. According to TCM, foods can have different properties depending on their predominant flavour (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent), temperature (cold, cool, neutral, warm, hot), and the way they are prepared (raw, steamed, fried, baked).
A healthy diet is a key aspect of healthy living. An Acupuncturist trained in diet therapy will support clients in establishing healthy eating practices that take into consideration their age and constitution, the season, and the climate in which they live.
Tui Na is a form of massage that follows TCM principles and combines acupressure, range of motion, traction, and friction movements. It is used to help circulate the body’s defensive (wei) qi, invigorate both meridians and muscles, assist in the circulation of blood and lymph, and release both fascial and muscular tension to enhance the immune system and improve one’s overall health.
*Many extended medical benefit plans cover all or some of the cost of visiting a Registered Acupuncturist – check your plan to find out whether you are covered.