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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was originated in ancient China and has a history of over two thousand years. Influenced by ancient Chinese philosophy, culture, science and technology, Chinese medicine uses the theory of Yin and Yang and the theory of Wu Xing to explain the mechanism of balancing the function of the body.
While the direct meanings of yin and yang in Chinese are positive and brightness versus negative and darkness, Chinese philosophy uses yin and yang to represent a wider range of opposite forces that are complementary and contradictory that cannot exist without each other. Together, the yin and yang make up the life energy, called “Qi”. Qi is a type of energy that flows through the body through invisible sets of pathways called meridians. The theory of Yin and Yang is fundamental to the practice of TCM, where the most basic level of TCM treatment is to seek the balance of yin and yang in each person.
The theory of Wu Xing, the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) interpret the relationship and the constant movements and cycles between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment.
Acupuncture is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine that consists of regulating the flow of energy through the body with very thin needles. It involves the insertion of thin, metal needles to stimulate specific points of the body that reach meridians. These stimulation points are called acupuncture points or acupoints. Traditional Chinese medicine holds that there are 365 commonly used acupuncture points on 20 meridians on the human body. Typically, it takes 15 to 30 minutes of manipulating the needles in these acupuncture points and 30 to 60 minutes of retaining the needles. By doing so, it regulates the flow of qi throughout the body and restores health to the mind and body, thus balancing the yin and yang.
One of the foundational concepts of Chinese medicine is the unity of body and mind. They are two sides of the same coin. This is why stress, strong emotions and certain thinking patterns affect the flow of our energy in the same way as an unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, environmental factors, incorrectly applied medications and traumas do.
Acupuncture regulates the blood and lymph flow, promotes elimination of metabolic by-products from the tissues, regulates the level of neuro-transmitters, calms down the autonomic nervous system, improves digestion, sleep, and mood. It acts both ways, on a physical and mind level. So, with consistent care, we might expect improvements in emotional life too.
We might expect our patients to have more peace of mind and ability to cope with life challenges, less fear, less anxiety and worries. Regular acupuncture treatments that strengthen the major body systems might produce changes in how the person thinks about themselves: instead of a focus on weaknesses and worries, the thinking pattern might get based on new strengths and available resources.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of common conditions that acupuncture can successfully treat or support symptom-free:
Digestive disorders: gastritis, reflux, hiatal hernia, pancreatitis, cholecystitis, ulcerative colitis, IBS, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, other digestive symptoms
Cardiovascular disorders: high or low blood pressure, high cholesterol, palpitations, migraines
Chronic pain: low back pain, arthritis, pain in joints, tendons and muscles, rehabilitation after traumas and surgeries
Respiratory diseases: low immunity, frequent colds, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, asthma
Sleep: insomnia, frequent waking, heavy sleep, nightmares, sleep paralysis
Skin and hair problems: acne, rashes, dry skin, hair loss
LGBTQ+ health concerns: management of symptoms related to hormone therapy, treatment of scars, mental health support
Men's health concerns: infertility, low motility, erectile dysfunction, spermatorrhea
Women's health: infertility, absence of menstruation, heavy bleeding, irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, endometriosis, vulvodynia, miscarriage, cysts, fibroids, PMS, menopause symptoms, pregnancy support, labor induction, postpartum depression; weight, hair, skin issues after delivery
Mental health: stress, anxiety, depression, emotional reactivity, grief
...and many others
Chinese medicine doesn't treat a disease, Chinese medicine treats the person with a disease. If you have a health concern not listed above, we might be able to help you.
We hope you will consider acupuncture as an adjunct to your other healthcare services. Take a look at Cindy Ramintang and Dr. Victoria Resendes’ profile for a little more about their style of care.
By Appointment - email to book Victoria.ND@MChiro.ca