Acupuncture involves the expert and precise insertion of fine pre-sterilized disposable needles into the skin at locations known as acupuncture points. These points lie throughout the body on pathways called meridians along which Qi flows. In the Chinese medical system, stimulation of acupuncture points through the insertion of acupuncture needles regulates the flow of qi and influences the functioning of organs in your body. Biomedically, various studies have shown that Acupuncture can stimulate nerve impulses, change the body's perception of pain and influence levels of hormones and neurotransmitters in the body.
Electro acupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electro acupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously.
TDP stands for "Teding Diancibo Pu". It is an electromagnetic spectrum lamp. TDP lamps are also known as Far Infrared Mineral Energizer lamps.
What are the benefits of using TDP Lamps?
- Dilating blood vessels and increasing bold flow and oxygen saturation
- Accelerating the decomposition of unstable cells
- Enhancing white blood cell function, increasing immune response
- Stimulating the hypothalamus, which controls the production of neurochemicals, which control sleep, mood, pain and blood pressure.
How Are TDP Lamps used with Acupuncture?
TDP lamps are widely used in acupuncture and oriental medicine clinics as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with acupuncture. When used with acupuncture treatment they are often applied over the area where acupuncture needles are inserted in order to provide more intense stimulation to the area and also as a method to gently and comfortably warm the acupuncture needles.
What are the risks involved with TDP lamps?
It is very important to let your Acupuncturist know if you have Diabetes as patients with Diabetes should not receive TDP treatment.
The whole body is represented in the ear and can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Small needles or seeds may be taped to specific ear points to enhance and prolong the treatment.
Moxibustion therapy lasts approximately 10 -15 minutes depending on the condition being treated. During the treatment you will feel a warming sensation in the local area and the surrounding skin will also appear reddened from the increased blood supply to the skin. Due to its warming actions, the application of moxibustion produces a range of effects on the body which makes it suitable for a vast number of conditions. Moxibustion exhibits immune regulatory effects by increasing the production of white and red blood cells in the body. For example, it stimulates the production of proteins in the body called interferons that are produced to target the immune system against infections and tumors. Moxibustion improves the circulation of blood and lymph in the local area and relaxes contractile tissue to relieve ischemic pain and tension in rigid muscles. Moxibustion also induces neurotransmitters, chemicals that are important for regulating pain and spasms and play an important role in neurological disorders.
Are there any risks in Moxibustion treatment?
Moxibustion is an extremely safe procedure but carries certain risks such as skin burn if it is not properly carried out. You can be assured that the moxibustion treatments are carried out by a fully qualified professional.
Cupping is done when a vacuum is created in a glass jar by either placing a lighted alcohol swab in the jar or using a mechanical pump. The jar is then quickly placed on the skin and the suction pulls the skin up into the jar. Cupping is applied to relax soft tissue by relieving congested energy, blood and pain. The warming and dispersing actions of cupping result in a profoundly increased local blood supply to muscles and skin which provides nourishment to the local area and releases tension, particularly in areas of muscle rigidity.
What is the science behind cupping?
Cupping has marked circulatory effects o the body and in particular, improves the circulation of blood within the muscles and joints, removes congested blood and excessive fluid and facilitates the flow of lymph. These actions allow cupping to remove toxins from local areas, re-supply important nutrients to the cells, draw out inflammation, and relieve pain. Cupping mobilizes and stretches soft tissue by pulling it away from the underlying structures. By relaxing contractile tissues such as muscles and tendons, this allows for increased flexibility and range of motion in previously restricted areas of the body. Cupping influences the body's peripheral nervous system by exerting calming and sedative effects, allowing patients with stress-related condition in particular to benefit. Through effects on the nervous system, cupping has additional effects over the digestive function by regulating peristaltic movement and the secretion of digestive fluids.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs consist of natural dried leaves, bark, flowers and roots which possess different characteristics and have different actions o the body. Chinese herbal medicine is most commonly taken as herbal teas or pills. At Healthy Families Wellness Centre, topical herbal medicine may be used to help reduce inflammation and soothe sore muscles.