About Acupuncture Treatments in Vancouver
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning by inserting sterilized needles. Acupuncture is holistic, it treats a patient’s body, mind and emotions and deals with a whole range of acute and chronic problems. See this acupuncture video for more information about what will happen at your session.
A report from the World Health Organization(WHO) in 2001 reviewed many clinical trial into the effects of acupuncture. It list 28 conditions that acupuncture has been proved to treat effectively and 63 where acupuncture has been shown to be effective but further proof is needed.
The 28 conditions including:
1. Neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, arthritis of the shoulder, sprains, tennis elbow, and facial/neck/knee/lower back pain)
2. Pain management (such as adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, headaches, dentistry pain, postoperative pain)
3. Emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression)
4. Circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, stroke)
5. Respiratory disorders (such as allergic rhinitis)
6. Gastrointestinal conditions (such as bilary colic, renal colic, nausea and vomiting, dysentery, acute epigastric pain)
7. Gynecological condition (such asdysmenorrhea(period pain), morning sickness, induction of labor, malposition of the fetus in pregnancy)
Some of the 63 conditions are: alcohol and tobacco dependence, bronchial asthma, cancer pain, cardiac neurosis, “competition stress” syndrome, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, female infertility, fibro-myalgia, gallstones, insomnia, male sexual dysfunction, Meniere’s disease, naurodermatitis, osteo-arthritis, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, recurrent lower urinary tract infection, ulcerative colitis, Tourette’s syndrome.
Who should receive Acupuncture treatments?
The research found that a majority (26.4 per cent) of patients had musculo-skeletal complaints (including arthritis and joint pain). The next largest group (17 per cent) had general or unspecific symptoms such as general pain, weakness or tiredness, allergies, or viral or infectious disease. The third most common group had psychological conditions (15.6 per cent). These included stress, depression, insomnia, poor memory or concentration, or substance abuse. Most patients had more than one complaint with the average number of complaints being two.
Other than insert a needle into a acupuncture point, acupuncture treatment also include some techniques as follow:
1. Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage): to relieve muscle tension, stimulate acupressure points, open energy meridians and stimulate the flow of qi
2. Electro-acupuncture: a very low frequency electrical current (1Hz) is applied to the needle to increase blood flow, relax muscle tissue and clear stagnant qi
3. Cupping: glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi
5. Guasha: vigorous rubbing of the skin to increase blood flow and clear stagnant qi.
Source: Styles of Acupuncture
Speak with our acupuncturist to find out the best technique for you. Frequently asked questions that we get at our office: Chronic pain treatments and the benefits of acupuncture or Can acupuncture help me sleep better?
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