What is Acupuncture?
Drawing upon the tradition and wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is as effective and relevant in health care now, as it was over three thousand years ago. Acupuncture is minimally invasive, safe, fast, and effective. The World Health Organization has officially recognized acupuncture as an effective way of treating and healing many health ailments, including but not limited to stress, pain and chronic degenerative diseases.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, stainless needles at specific acupuncture points. According to this theory, qi (vital energy) and blood circulate in the body through a system of channels called meridians, connecting internal organs with external organs or tissues. By stimulating certain points of the body surface reached by meridians through needling or moxibustion, the flow of qi and blood can be regulated and diseases are thus treated.
According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “The best doctor prevents illness before its onset”. This is the underlying principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM treatments focus not only on solving current problems, but also on preventive care, maintenance, restoring and balancing the nervous system, regulating the production of hormones, and strengthening the immune system.
What can Acupuncture help with?
- Pain related issues: Sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, arthritis, muscle weakness, paralysis
- Gastrointestinal: Poor appetite, fatigue, obesity, constipation, diarrhea, diabetes, acid reflux, stomach ache
- Cardiovascular: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, palpitation, stroke recovery
- Respiratory: asthma, shortness of breath, allergy, sinusitis, common cold
- Urinary: painful urination, incontinence, incomplete urination, night urination
- Urogenital: infertility, PMS, irregular menstruation, menopausal syndrome, seminal emission, premature ejaculation
- Emotional health: Insomnia, anxiety, depression, over thinking, memory and concentration issues
What to Expect
The practitioner first selects appropriate acupuncture points along different meridians based on identified health problems. Then very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles with the length of half to 3 inches are inserted into these acupoints.
The patient will usually experience a feeling of soreness, heaviness, numbness and distention. The practitioner will simultaneously feel that the needle is tightened.
The patients may find that in the short term after treatment, the symptoms may in fact get worse before an improvement sets in. This is a common feature of acupuncture treatment.
Kazuo Tateishi is a Registered Acupuncturists at Jericho Integrated Clinic.
Kazuo Tateishi is currently available for an appointment on Fridays