Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of very thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect.
Acupuncture needles are unlike hypodermic needles as they are solid and do not inject subcutaneously. It is the stimulation of the acupuncture points themselves that create a healing effect.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture points were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) flows through the body.
A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. This is referred to as ‘de Qi’ and is considered by some traditional acupuncturists to be necessary for acupuncture to be effective.
The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes, and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi.
Acupuncture is near pain-free and can produce relaxation and even euphoria.
Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is an ancient system of health care that has undergone continual development over the centuries. The tools used by traditional herbalists have expanded to include herbs from all over Asia and even North America. Chinese herbs are a potent tool in the treatment of a wide spectrum of illness.
The materia medica of CHM consists primarily of plants but also includes some animal and mineral products. All herbal medicines used as Peterborough Acupuncture have been screened for both potency and toxicity to ensure the most pure and high quality product available.
Chinese herbs can be prescribed in different forms. We primarily use concentrated herbal granules. This method makes for ease in storage, distribution, and consumption. When you take your herbs you simply add hot water and drink.
Herbal prescriptions are carefully tailored to the individual. This allows for flexibility in composition and dosage of the formulas prescribed which allows for all signs and symptoms of illness to be taken into account.
NST is a form of manual or “hand’s on” therapy that integrates several existing methods of Body-Work, Breath-Work and Energy-Work. Such as:
NST is also influenced by the leading edge sciences; Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI) and Quantum Physics. PNI is the first science to prove conclusively, through the discovery of Neuro Peptides, that the Mind and Body are the same. This holistic science has shown that Body-Work, Breath-Work and Energy-Work are profoundly influential to our health. Physics, through the studies of the Electromagnetism of the human heart and brain, and through the Liquid Crystal model of organic life, has also greatly influenced the development of NST. Quantum physics has also shown that intention is a profound influence in healing.
Neuro-somatic therapy treatments are an hour and a half in duration. It is recommended that you receive a series of treatments in order to create long lasting change.
In our fast paced world, a poor diet can become the root cause of many preventable ailments. When these dietary pattens are left untreated they often develop into serious health concerns.
By identifying and addressing the issues in a clear and commonsense way Chinese nutritional counselling provides the groundwork for long term improvement.
Chinese nutrition is based on a different model from Western nutrition in that it does not rely on analyzing the chemical constituents of food; rather, it determines the properties of energies of each food based on when and where it grows, how it is prepared, and what parts of the plant are used.
The system of Chinese nutrition is both a system for healing and disease prevention. The advantage of Chinese nutrition lies in its flexibility in adapting to every individuals needs, and treating the whole person instead of the disease.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat pain conditions, both acute and chronic. It is effective and safe to use as a stand-alone treatment for pain conditions as well as being used in conjunction with Western medical treatments and medications. There is no adverse interactions with acupuncture and pharmaceuticals.
Acupuncture is a uniquely suited treatment for pain as the needles are able to work on multiple levels simultaneously. As a non-pharmaceutical treatment method, acupuncture is able to provide relief with no side effects.
Herbal medicine may be combined with acupuncture in the treatment of pain. Acupuncture and herbal medicine both help to reduce pain by enhancing circulation, reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles, increasing tissue healing, changing pain perception, and breaking up scar tissue.
Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic medical system which encourages the body to promote its own natural healing and improve overall function. Acupuncture is a safe, effective procedure for eliminating or reducing pain.
When should someone seek an acupuncturist for pain?
Common pain conditions that are effectively treated with traditional Chinese medicine