Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medical therapy that has been in practice for over 2000 years. It treats imbalances in the body, mind & spirit and is very effective at reducing pain. So much so, there are doctors in China that use acupuncture as their sole form of pain block for things as critical as open heart surgery!
At Forward Health, Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND is licensed to provide acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Any ache or pain may be relieved by acupuncture, but so too are things like hot flushes, constipation, diarrhea, PMS, stress, anxiety, depression, urinary flow challenges, swelling, fibromyalgia, headache, insomnia, infertility and more.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back to the Zhou Dynasty (700-1000 BC). The balance of Yin and Yang and the flow of Qi are very distinctive concepts in Chinese Medicine.
Energy is never lost or created, it is only changed from one form to another. In Chinese medicine, the solid matter is Yin and Yang the energetic or wave of motion.
Qi is the motive force behind all physiological processes.
Acupuncture helps move blood and Qi. If there is stagnation, there is congealment of blood. If there is too much energy flow, there is rising of Qi. The body, soul and spirit are in constant flux and it is the harmonious flow of energy from one form to another that makes us feel in sync.
Acupuncture helps you feel like yourself again.
The Five Elements are how the rhythm of our health cycles with the environmental impacts and aging process. Five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. There are seasons, organs, body parts, senses and times that relate to each element. Acupuncture accesses the channels of the body that relate to organs, nerves and brain centres.
Your symptoms and your pulse, tongue and disposition will help Dr. Laura formulate the best combination of points to relieve your pain, stress or fatigue. Typically it will take 6 weekly 30min session to re-align your being, however you can feel relief from the first appointment. Pain relief in sciatica, for example can last up to 5 days after a single treatment.
Stainless steel, single use needles are used in specific points on the body. Sometimes infra red heat or electrostimulation is applied to the points to help intensify the healing process.
Acupuncture is increasingly recognized by mainstream medical professionals. Here is a short 1 minute video that WebMD put together for your interest.
From the heart and mind of your local naturopathic doctor, Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND.