TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncturists look at the person as a whole integrated being rather than a list of symptoms to treat. They are able to get at the root of the imbalance rather than just the symptoms causing the problem. Acupuncturists place careful attention on the physiological, emotional and environmental aspects of patient wellbeing with a holistic approach focused on the body, mind, and spirit connection. That is how someone who comes in for a particular symptom or illness will start to feel relief from symptoms unrelated to the first. For example, a woman may come in for fertility issues and will find she is sleeping better, feels less stressed and her digestion problems have gone away.
Using an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms, an acupuncturist develops a Chinese medical diagnosis and then formulates a custom treatment plan to re-balance the person’s body in order to bring it to optimal health.
Acupuncture is a tool or technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles at specific “acu-points” on the body. Located on channels that run throughout the body, these points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two to five thousand years ago. This network connects every organ with different parts of the body to balance and regulate the physiological processes. According to TCM, disease is considered to arise due to an imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems .The goal of acupuncture treatments is to “normalize” the circulation of the qi (pronounced “chee”) or body’s energy and blood by stimulating specific acupoints which results in the helping the body’s natural healing process while also relieving pain and other symptoms. As an alternative to Western medical treatments, acupuncture has been shown to not only be effective in treating a wide variety of medical problems, but also has been shown to have very little side effects since it works with the body in the healing process.
According to modern scientific research, acupuncture affects the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and thus affects the brain’s control over many functional subsystems and regulation of homeostatic balance. It has been shown that in stimulating acupoints the areas in the brain associated with pain processing is deactivated and there is release of proteins that help regulate the reward & emotion responses in the brain.
The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have endorsed acupuncture as an effective method of treatment and identified over 40 conditions for which acupuncture can help with. Both the NIH and WHO agree that acupuncture has an advantage over other accepted medical procedures used to treat the same conditions by having a substantially lower incidence of adverse effects.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
Acupuncture needles are about the diameter of a strand of human hair, very thin and flexible. Performed by a skilled practitioner, needle insertion, in most cases, is painless. You may experience at the insertion site a feeling of heaviness or electricity. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and will fall asleep during the treatment.
Acute/Chronic Pain Relief
If you want an alternative form of treatment that is effective but causes very little side effects, consider acupuncture. Acupuncture has been endorsed by the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization to treat postoperative dental pain, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Depending on how long you have been experiencing the pain and how you respond to the acupuncture treatment, will determine how many treatments you will need. Usually I recommend coming at least twice a week in the beginning and then cut back to fewer treatments as you progress in your treatments. Some acute conditions have been resolved with just 1-2 sessions.
Here at Qi Harmony, acupuncture and chinese herbs are used in helping you to conceive and carry to term a healthy baby. I can help those who are just starting to try to conceive or those who are doing assisted fertility treatments such as IUI’s or IVF.
Ideally I would like three months to make any significant change in the body. It has been shown that it takes 90 days for an ovarian follicle to develop fully and during that time the egg quality and quantity can be influenced by the body’s environment. This is not a process that can be rushed. Ideally three months is needed to prep the body for an IVF cycle, but sometimes it is not possible. So it has been recommended to have at least eight acupuncture sessions before egg retrieval, if at all possible. And to have acupuncture sessions before and after a transfer where is has been shown that these sessions have increase the success rate from 26% to 40%.
At Qi Harmony, I try to be flexible in my schedule so that if I need to come in on a weekend to do a treatment, I try to do my very best to do so.
– Initial Exam (90 minutes)
– Return Visit (60 minutes)