Laser Acupuncture: A relatively new method of stimulation, laser acupuncture usually uses low-energy laser beams—instead of traditional acupuncture needles—to influence the flow of current at the acupuncture points. This can be particularly effective for infants and young children, as well as those with a very delicate constitution.
Tui Na Massage: “Tui Na” literally translates to “push pull” and is the name given to Chinese Medical Massage. Tui Na incorporates techniques that are similar to Western and Asian massage, chiropractic, osteopathic, and western physical therapy. In addition to getting rid of tight muscles, it is used to re balance the flow and circulation along meridian pathways, and to rebalance muscle fibers and muscle groups with the nervous system.
Cupping: Acupuncture cupping works by placing small heated cups, usually made of glass, on various acupressure points of the body. The purpose of cupping is to draw out toxins by stimulating the blood and lymphatic system, remove stagnation by stimulating and improving circulation, and to stimulate the peripheral nervous system. The result of cupping is that it is very effective in reducing pain and improving energy.
Moxibustion: Moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. It has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years to strengthen and circulate the blood, warm and relax muscles or acupuncture points, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
TENS Therapy: The use of trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation will be gently applied to the needles to add increased stimulation which is particularly beneficial for pain patterns.
Chinese Herbal Therapy: Herbal formulas will be custom made or recommended to address areas of imbalance or poor health. The intention of the herbs is similar to the aim of acupuncture in restoring whole body balance. Herbal therapy is a very significant part of the system of TCM and is essentially like receiving a treatment each day.
Dietary Therapy: You are what you eat and TCM recognizes that all foods have an influence on our body and our balance. Foods will be recommended based on each individual condition and the time of year. Many food remedies can be used to encourage better health.
Treatment times and frequency may vary but are typically an hour in length. The number of treatments required will also vary depending on how longstanding a condition is and what an individual is doing in their daily life to help or hinder the healing process. Generally, if acupuncture is going to prove helpful with a condition, a positive improvement will be noticed within the first few visits. In addition to acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, dietary recommendation and rehabilitative exercises may be advised.
Acupuncture is covered by most extended medical plans and is often recognized by ICBC or WCB as well as Veterans Affairs.
BC MEDICAL SERVICES will reimburse a portion of the visit fee for patients on Premium Assistance.