Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Acupuncture is one of the therapeutic modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). “Traditional” acupuncture was developed in China as part of a system of diagnosing and treating pain and disease. This system is based on 5000 years of clinical experience, observation and medical theory. And now this effective form of treatment is readily available to you within minutes in Hamilton & Stoney Creek at Renew You.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine disposable needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. It is used to encourage the body’s natural healing abilities to reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas/organs of the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications. Relief is often obtained when traditional medical therapy is not effective. Other modalities of TCM such as cupping, tuina (Chinese massage), moxibustion, and electro-stimulation may be used in conjunction with acupuncture.

Why choose Renew You for Acupuncture?

Renew You has been known as a premier natural health clinic in Hamilton for over 10 years. But our acupuncturist, Lily Wu has 25 years of experience with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. That is a lot of experience! And this puts Lily in rare company within Hamilton & Stoney Creek to be such a highly experienced acupuncture practitioner.

She was an Acupuncturist and a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor at the Lishan Hospital of Ansteel in China for 13 fulltime years prior to emigrating to Canada with her family. This vast hospital experience treating dozens and dozens of patients daily with Acupuncture and TCM is what makes Lily so popular with her patients; she gets great results! And that is good news for you. Plus she has such a sweet and caring personality – her patients just LOVE HER!

To help you decide if Renew You in the Ancaster Meadowlands is the right clinic with the right acupuncturist for you, we invite you to call and book a FREE consultation with Lily during which time you may discuss in detail your situation and Lily will share what is possible through acupuncture.

How is Acupuncture Used Today?

Acupuncture is very effective in treating a variety of painful disorders, both acute and chronic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions including:

  • Pain conditions:
    Back pain, sciatica, fibromyaligia, neck pain, TMJ, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendonitis, sprains, neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, stroke etc.
  • Mental & emotional:
    Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, addiction etc.
  • Genitourinary, menstrual & reproductive:
    PMS, painful periods, irregular cycle, infertility, menopause, incontinence, nocturnal enuresis etc.
  • Internal & gastrointestinal:
    Complications from Diabetes (i.e. poor circulation, numbness), irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids etc.
  • Respiratory:
    Common colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergies etc.
  • Eyes, ears, nose & throat:
    Dizziness, ear aches, ringing in the ears, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever, sore throat, toothache etc

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.

The classical Eastern explanation for how acupuncture works is that channels of energy or “Qi” run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. The channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up, creating imbalance and pain.

Stimulating the acupuncture points can influence the meridians; the needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.

A more scientific explanation of acupuncture is that the stimulation of certain trigger points on the body by acupuncture needles prompts the body to release certain hormones and chemicals that can reduce pain, regulate the endocrine system, and calm the nervous system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well being.

How Effective Can Acupuncture Be?

In North America, Acupuncture is known mainly as a modality for pain situations. Though based on 4000 years of history and experience, in China it is used for a very wide variety of health conditions and applications.

A little known story; on a state visit to China, an American diplomatic contingency during the Nixon administration was allowed to observe a man literally undergoing brain surgery using no anesthetic – only having acupuncture for anesthesia! After the surgery, they closed him up & he stood up and walked back to his room! That is how powerful acupuncture can be.

Are There Any Adverse Effects or Risks To Treatment?

One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects from its use. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort – if any at all.

It is the policy of Renew You that only sterile one-time-use disposable filiform needles be used.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Most of our Hamilton & Stoney Creek patients feel nothing at all or only very small discomfort as the fine needles are inserted; many feel no pain at all. Different people experience differing sensations with acupuncture. Once the needles are in place, there should be no significant discomfort.

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are made from stainless steel. In fact, two or three acupuncture needles would fit inside the barrel of a regular hollow needle used for standard injections.

How Many Treatments Will Be Required?

The number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required. Lily will make her recommendations to you during your initial assessment and treatment.

For complex or longstanding conditions, a “course” of 10 treatments is suggested consisting of one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended with less frequent treatment as improvement occurs. Treatment sessions usually last between 30 and 60 minutes. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours, or after a few days.

For more information about how acupuncture can help you, please contact the clinic. Call today!


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