Acupuncture has been used worldwide and in Asia for over 3000 years. But which type is better for you, Medical Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient traditional practice, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices and theory. It uses fine, disposable, sterile needles to help treat a variety of concerns, by stimulating Qi (energy) in the body, and assisting with the smooth flow of it in the body, bringing things back into balance and homeostasis. This can be used to assist stress, anxiety, fatigue, energy, pain, cravings, addictions, digestive concerns, balancing hormones, supporting menses, fertility, headaches and more!
If our Qi is low or stuck, this can cause issues such as pain, anxiety, period problems, digestive problems, fatigue etc. Therefore by selecting particular points that have been used for 1000’s of years, we can stimulate Qi and increase blood flow in that area, helping to achieve a state of better health and balance! TCM Acupuncture focuses on a whole-body approach, using the traditional methods of assessing the tongue and pulse to create a thorough treatment plan, using points from various meridians on the body. Treatment plans can last 6-10 sessions, and are usually weekly or bi-weekly for optimal results.
Medical acupuncture involves a modern scientific approach. It is a gentle procedure that uses fine, disposable, sterile needles to stimulate the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Each needle is inserted into specific sites on the body, including pressure points, which incite various reactions throughout the body.
Medical acupuncture is similar to traditional in that the same points are used, with a slight variation. This is evidence-based and uses the current understanding of the structure and function of the human body and all its systems, such as the nervous system. Some sessions may also include electroacupuncture, where a small electrical current is passed between the pairs of needles. This helps to decrease treatment time and allows the benefits to last longer.
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