Acupuncture / TCM

Shahrbanoo Rahimi

R. Ac (Registered Acupuncturist)

Ottawa TEAL Acupuncture treatments include facial, neck and scalp massage, which helps patient to achieve total relaxation and improve circulation to enhance whole rejuvenation process.
Ottawa Acupuncture and TCM at TEAL by registered acupuncturist  Outi Horn. Acupuncture is covered by most of the extended health insurance provider.
Acupuncture massage:
treating acupressure points

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system from China over two thousands years ago. TCM theory is based on Qi (energy) and teaches that health is the result of the internal balance of Yin and Yang. The differences between TCM and Western biomedicine are rooted in how medical conditions are represented. TCM often represents a medical condition with a metaphor. For example, Western biomedicine represents the condition of a headache in terms of overactive pain receptors or vasoconstriction of cerebral blood vessels, but in TCM, a headache is represented as a syndrome such as Wind-Cold or Hyperactivity of Liver Yang.

 

TCM diagnosis is the most important step in its treatment process. An accurate TCM diagnosis requires an in-depth consultation with an observation of the tongue and pulse palpations. Its principle is to identify the root cause of the symptoms and represent it in TCM syndrome differentiation. A TCM treatment plan may include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet, exercise, tuina or lifestyle recommendations.

 

Professional acupuncture is usually safe.  The insertion of micro-fine needles into your body is to elicit a physiological response.  There are many theories of how acupuncture works. For examples, acupuncture may raise the levels of specific hormones and certain neurotransmitter, constrict or dilate blood vessels to affect blood circulations, and generate competing stimulus to interrupt the neurotransmission of the pain signals to the brain.

Clinical studies conducted by the World Health Organization have shown TCM to be effective for the following conditions:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Biliary colic

  • Depression

  • Dysentery

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Epigastralgia

  • Facial pain

  • Headache

  • Hypertension

  • Hypotension

  • Induction of labour

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia

  • Low back pain

  • Malposition of fetus

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in dentistry

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Renal colic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Biliary colic

  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

  • Dysentery, acute bacillary

  • Dysmenorrhea, primary

  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastro spasm)

  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  • Headache •Hypertension, essential

  • Hypotension, primary

  • Induction of labour

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia

  • Low back pain

  • Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Renal colic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

 

 

The effect of Acupuncture with Massage therapy and there modalities

 

    Acupuncture and Tuina massage accesses the body at a different level, using both together enhances the effectiveness of each, resulting in a more complete treatment.

Massage leaves the body relaxed and more receptive, which makes the acupuncture more powerful. In turn the more blockages the acupuncture dissolves, the more the body relaxes. This re-established flow builds a spiral of life-enhancing and long-term benefits

    Tuina massage stimulates the flow of qi to promote balance and harmony within the body using many of the same principles of acupuncture. During a session, practitioners use oscillating and pressure techniques that differ in force and speed. Tuina massage can be done as a stronger deep-tissue massage or a more gentle, energetic treatment.

It’s similar to acupuncture in the way it targets specific acupoints, but practitioners use fingers instead of needles to apply pressure to stimulate these points. Tuina massage is often used in combination with acupuncture.

 

    The other modality is cupping. One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. It enhances circulation, helps relieve pain and pulls out the pathogens that linger in your body’s tissues

 

    Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.

Gua sha may reduce inflammation, so it’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain.

 

    In auriculotherapy, the ear is seen as a microcosm of the entire body. By stimulating specific points on the ear, such as with ear seeds, corresponding areas of the body and organs can be affected.

Ear seeds can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture and has been shown to have significant positive effects on psychological distress, drug and alcohol use, and cravings. Other common uses of ear seeds are to help patients with alleviating stress, losing weight, quitting smoking, and much more. Once applied, the ear seeds stimulate specific points through light pressure over time. And because the seeds are worn home, patients can also stimulate the points themselves by massaging the ear seeds when they feel like they need an extra boost.

Registered Acupuncturist (CTCMPAO) and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments plan include:

  • TCM Acupuncture

  • TCM Health Assessment

  • TCM Food guides

  • Electro Acupuncture

  • Needleless Acu-Point treatments

  • Detox Acupuncture

 

Proper assessment process is important prior treatment in TCM. The practitioner spends time listening and questioning patients and then creates individualized treatment plan.

 

Acupuncture is effective when acute pain management is needed or with assessment to treat chronic health challenges. Yearly surfacing pathogens, brought with wind, heat, cold or damp weather conditions may create discomfort or ill like symptoms. And to combine with unhealthy eating habits or lifestyle, healing could be enhanced with wholesome treatment process.

TCM healthcare also focuses prevention of disease or injury and seasonal treatments to assist body`s immunity and neurotransmitter function.

 

Consult our expert Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) and choose appropriate TCM treatment plan, which best fits your health goal.

 

About RAC

 

Acupuncture practitioner`s professional objective is to conduct safe, personalized therapeutic treatments according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), focusing on patients' best interest. Acupuncture practice is regulated healthcare in Ontario and all TCM practitioners have to be registered members of the college CTCMPAO.

 

F e e s

(HST exempted)

TCM Consultation and Diagnosis 

(NO treatment included)

$40

Initial Assessment and Treatment

75 min: $105

Acupuncture Follow-up Treatment 

60 min: $90

Tui-Na Massage

60 min: 90

 

Health Insurance Coverage

Acupuncture treatments provided by R.Ac are covered by most of the extended health insurance providers. Please check with your insurance provider prior to the claiming treatment.

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