What is TCM Acupuncture?
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are part of a complete medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM originated in ancient China and is known for its proven effectiveness for over thousands of years.
Vital energy, called Qi, circulates throughout the body along specific pathways, or meridians, which are connected to their corresponding internal organs. Points used in Acupuncture show a variety of unique bioelectrical and biochemical properties: stimulating them causes a physiological response in brain activity, hormonal levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and the immune system.
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TCM emphasizes that the human body is an organic whole, and has an inseparable connection with the body, mind and spirit. Your Acupuncturist will assess your health care needs and provide a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
Acupuncture may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood.
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.
It is used for an array of conditions and concerns and has shown efficacy in studies for the following:
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s circulation promoting the removal of toxins and reduction of inflammation in the area surrounding the trauma. Cell turnover is enhanced in a way that stimulates rapid healing and reduced pain.
Types of injuries that can benefit:
Acupuncture aids metabolism, improves digestion, and your overall health. Specific points are targeted to stimulate digestive organs.
It decreases inflammation, tonifies imbalances, improves flow and motility of digestive organs and intestinal tract.
It regulates gastric acid secretion, decreases stress and improves energy.
Acupuncture can effectively bring symptomatic relief for digestive problems.
Postoperative nausea and
Chemotherapy induced nausea
Acupuncture takes a very holistic approach to treating reproductive issues. It does not target one specific concern but rather encourages a healthy balance and flow throughout the entire body. It can boost reproductive function by increasing blood flow and Qi energy to the organs, regulating hormones and decreasing inflammation.
Types of conditions that can benefit:
Menopausal hot flashes
Mens hormonal health
Summer Acupoint Herbal Patching Therapy
The Summer Acupoint Herbal Patching Therapy, also called SanFu Tie in Chinese, is a procedure in Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture in which herbal patches are placed on various acupuncture points on the body during the hottest days of summer. This therapy originated in the Qing dynasty and is very popular in China. In recent years it also has become popular in North America.
Prevent Winter Illness With This Summer Therapy
What is Acupoint Herbal Patching?
This method is based on the principle of “winter disease, summer cure”. As SanFu (三伏) is the hottest period on the Chinese calendar when human body has the highest point of “Yang”. With the help from the nature’s heat energy, the pores in our skin are more open to absorb this specially mixed herbal paste, which improves the body’s immune system.
Ideally, patients need to come and get patched 3 times during the hottest days of summer. The acupuncturist applies patches on different acupoints during this short procedure. The patient can then go about their day and remove the patches in about 2 hours.
What are the benefits?
This special therapy can help patients improve their immune system. It is especially good to treat and/or prevent asthma, hay fever, cold & flu, allergic rhinitis, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.
Who should try it?
People who have cold/deficient body constitution;
People who catch cold/flu easily;
People who have allergies such as hay fever, allergic rhinitis:
People who have respiratory conditions such as asthma and/or chronic bronchitis
This therapy is also called Dog Day Sticker. It is practiced in the hottest days of the summer (SanFu). This year (2018), SanFu runs through mid-July to mid-August. To get the best result, it’s advised that patients get 3 consecutive treatments during a month’s time, with an interval of 7-10 days.
When should I receive this treatment?
The 3 best dates for herbal patching therapy this year (2018) at our clinic are:
1. July 19 or 22;
2. July 26 or 29;
3. August 16
How much does it cost?
Summer Acupoint Herbal Patching - $30 per session.
Many extended health plans cover Registered Acupuncture. For your convenience we direct bill to Pacific Blue Cross and ICBC.
Initial and Return Visits
(60 min) ~ $95
Summer Acupoint Herbal Patching
$30 per session.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
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