Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dating back to over 2000 years or more. Acupuncture is a whole systems approach to health that takes into account the patients whole being including physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It has developed into an important therapeutic tool used to treat and prevent illness by bringing the body into harmony, balance or homeostasis. It involves the insertion of hair-thin filiform needles into specific points on the body, called “acupoints”. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
Acupuncture meridian points or Acupoints activate the body’s Qi (chee) and stimulate the innate healing response. Qi is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. Qi flows through pathways called meridians and provides nourishment to the body’s cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glands. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, symptoms associated with the condition or illness may appear.
Acupuncture is just one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). There are many modalities within TCM that may effectively contribute to restoring the body’s natural healing ability.
Moxibustion is the application of heat to specific points or certain locations on the body. The word “moxa” comes from the Japanese word Mokusa or Mogusa which means burning herb. It is the dried leaf of artimesia vulgaris or mugwort. It can be used in place of needles or as an addition to acupuncture. The purpose of moxibustion is to heat acupuncture points in order to stimulate the flow of qi and strengthen the blood.
“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain” – Chinese Proverb
Cupping is technique often used in conjunction with Acupuncture and/or Tui Na. It involves the use of various size cups, usually made of glass, which are heated and applied to a selected area of the body. As the cups cool, they become firmly attached to the skin, creating a suction which pulls the underlying skin up into the cup causing a discolouration or cupping mark. The goal is to improve the flow of Qi and blood by breaking up stagnation by drawing congested blood, energy or other humours to the surface.
Gua” means scraping and “sha” refers to the red petechiae that appears below the surface of the skin during the ‘scraping’. The patient’s neck, chest or back are scraped with a tool moistened with oil. The marks produced verify stagnation of blood at the surface and show that Qi and Blood have been moved.
“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food” – Hippocrates
A holistic approach to health and healing understands that the food we consume is more than just fuel. Food affects not just our physical bodies but also our mental emotional state and our spiritual well-being. Natural nutrition focuses on natural, alive and good quality foods with an emphasis on eating with the seasons and the energetics of food. Recommendations are customized to fit each individuals unique presentation and lifestyle.