Acupuncture and TCM
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine surgical-grade needles at various points in order to strengthen weak qi and to restore a state of well-being. All of our acupuncture treatments at Qi are Registered Acupuncturists (R.Ac.) and/or Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM). Qi Integrated Healths roots are nestled in Acupuncture as our name suggests and encourages all clients to avail of benefits of attending our Chinese medicine team. Acupuncture is covered by the majority of extended health policies and we can bill during your session.
Acupuncture & IMS
You can be assured that when you receive your acupuncture treatments at Qi Integrated Health, we will provide you with the best benefits that acupuncture has to offer. All of our practitioners are registered professionals in British Columbia and maintain good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC, CTCMA.
From a TCM perspective, acupuncture works by restoring balance to the meridian channel system; draining areas where too much Qi is accumulated and filling up areas of insufficient flow. Where there is flow, there is no pain; where there is accumulation, there is a pain.
From a Western perspective, acupuncture needles are thought to stimulate a local immune response at the points of insertion, literally pointing the way to where the body needs attention. Pain is often due to soft tissues becoming hypertonic, creating what we know as knots or trigger points in the muscle. An acupuncture needle is able to enter the muscle belly precisely at that trigger point and ‘turn it off’, therefore relaxing the muscles and relieving the pain.
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Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine represents one of the main methods of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Many of the herbs in the vast TCM material medical have been used for thousands of years. It is not only their individual properties that are of great importance but also how they combine with one another in a wide array of formulas. In fact, it is quite rare to use an herb alone in TCM. Instead, an experienced herbalist will combine the foundational knowledge of syndrome diagnosis, classic formulas, as well as the particular manifestations of each individual patient, to come up with a customized formula.
This form of herbal medicine not only looks at the presenting symptoms that may be causing discomfort or concern but the greater pattern from which these various symptoms emerge. That is why a headache, for example, can be treated with vastly different herbal combinations from one patient to another, and also why it is vitally important to avoid self-prescribing herbs. After completing a thorough health assessment, we will prescribe a formula tailored to your specific needs.
Because TCM focuses on balance within the body as a whole, the herbal formulas work to return homeostasis and therefore help promote a strong constitution with increased resistance to disease, greater vitality, enhanced energy, and general well being.
The herbs come in various formats including; dried raw herbs, powders, granules, tinctures, tablets, and lotions. After completing a thorough health assessment, we will prescribe a formula tailored to your specific needs.
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Cupping is a method of creating suction over the skin using glass, plastic or bamboo cups. It is a very versatile tool often used to increase the circulation of qi and blood not only through the superficial layers of the skin but also through the various tissues below, including fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments and even within joints and organs. The suction created by the various cupping techniques can cause circular bruise marks, these typically heal within several days.
Cupping is quite popular for treating musculoskeletal pain, called Bi syndrome, and does so successfully. However, cupping can address many other imbalances. For example, cupping can be used in the first stages of a cold or flu, to firm the skin around areas with stretch marks and loose skin from weight loss, to move old stagnant phlegm from the lungs which are particularly useful in chronic lung conditions, cupping can also be used for digestive and gynecological disorders, headaches and dizziness, lymphatic blockages, as well as insomnia. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
The function of the cups changes depending on where, how, and for how long they are placed. Cup size, type, suction strength but also technique such as; sliding cupping, flash cupping, herbal cupping and so on contribute to the versatility of this wonderful tool.
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Electrical stimulation uses a micro-current to stimulate the flow of qi through the body. It has proven to be effective in treating injuries and chronic musculoskeletal pain because it brings blood flow to the injured area, which helps promote the healing process.
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Also known as “ear acupuncture”, auricular therapy is based on the concept that the entire human body is represented on the ear. Depending on the condition, various parts of the ear are stimulated with needles, electrical stimulation, seeds or beads to treat the area of the body that is affected. The healing process can continue at home as patients may leave the clinic with the tiny seeds adhered to their ears for up to one week. This improves the efficacy of the treatment by allowing the points to be constantly stimulated. Auricular therapy has been used successfully to treat conditions such as headaches, back pain, PMS, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and addictions.
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Moxibustion is therapy involving the application of heat to acupuncture points as well as specific regions of the body which can tonify qi and structural tissues, dispel the stagnation of cold, stimulate circulation and improve blood flow.
Heat is produced primarily by burning an herb called mugwort (though at times the mugwort will be combined with other therapeutic herbs to address a particular pathology). The herb is prepared differently depending on the desired function. It can be left loose with all twigs and coarse leaves removed for very fine and soft cotton like texture which is ideal for rolling into very small pieces called ‘rice grain moxa’ for direct application on the skin. When left slightly more coarse, mugwort can be used rolled into a larger role to be applied on acupuncture needles or to be used above the skin for a more general warming sensation. Mugwort can also be placed in a ‘moxa box’ which is then placed on the abdomen or back to warm a larger surface area, this is particularly effective for pelvic and uterine problems as well as lower back pain.
When moxa is applied to specific acupuncture points it can treat cold-obstruction (arthritic pain worsened by cold), digestive problems, weak immune systems, poor circulation, infertility, spasmodic pain, prolapse due to deficiency of qi or sinking qi, and many more symptoms arising for a cold pathological factor and/or deficiency in qi/blood.
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The use of sound frequencies and vibrations to treat illness dates back thousands of years to ancient Oriental and Near Eastern cultures. Today this treatment is still being employed to adjust human energy flow. Using special tuning forks, vibration frequencies are applied to acutonic points along the body. When applied in combination, multiple instruments can produce specific musical intervals to stimulate the release and movement of energy to areas in need of healing and repair.
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Treatment, including specialized acuregen technique with facial cleanser, diagnosis and acupuncture treatment. May include the application of serums, cleansers, hydrating mists and face mask. When appropriate will also use facial tools such as gua sha, jade rolling and derma rolling.
These treatments are for anti-aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
Results are best achieved when done in a series of six. We offer packages of six treatments at a discounted fee, inquire at the front desk. Facial acupuncture is covered under Acupuncture extended health benefits for more information ask us! Call us at 604-742-8383, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or book through the link below.