Acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment modalities for numerous health concerns including, but not limited to: pain, anxiety, digestive upset, immune support, and fertility. The foundation of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is rooted in the principle of bringing balance to each body system through the smooth flow of energy, or "qi".
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture involves a diagnosis using your symptoms, and examination of your tongue and pulse. Western Acupuncture approach targets primarily musculoskeletal conditions to reduce pain and improve mobility. Typically, very fine needles are inserted into the skin or muscle layers for treatment, but sometimes acupressure can be used in place of needling.
Electro- Acupuncture, or 'E-Stim', is the addition of an electrical current to acupuncture needles to add stimulation deeper into the layers of tissue. This technique is commonly done used for pain conditions and in labour induction protocols.
Cupping is a treatment using either heated glass cups, or suctioned plastic cups to stimulate the flow of energy, or qi. From the physical sense, it helps to increase circulation to relieve muscle tension and promote connective tissue repair.
Moxibustion, or 'moxa', is a traditional Chinese treatment that involves burning a herb, called mugwort, on or around acupuncture points. This is used for a variety of medical conditions, but commonly used for fertility and labour induction protocols.