Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stems from Taoist philosophy, which emphasizes living in harmony with nature and being in the present. This traditional, holistic practice integrates the use of acupuncture, herbology, food therapy and therapeutic exercises, such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and meditation. At ALIVE, our aim is to help you achieve balance physically, mentally and emotionally by maintaining harmonious circulation of the Vital Essence (Qi), throughout the energetic pathways, or meridians of the body. We strive to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine and treats your overall well-being.
Through TCM, we believe that physical and emotional challenges are associated with the imbalance or blockage of free flowing vital energy along your body’s energetic pathway known as meridians. This is also known as qi (pronounced “Chee”). Acupuncture helps to resolve blocked qi flow and stimulate the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. By inserting fine thin sterile needles into different points along the body, acupuncture restores balance throughout the mind, body, soul, and spirit.
What type of needles is being used?
Hypodermic needles administered for vaccinations are very different to acupuncture needles. Hypodermic needles are thick and hollow since they must remove or inject fluid. Whereas acupuncture needles are thin, solid and not designed to be inserted deeply into the skin. We always use sterilized, one-use disposable, surgical-grade stainless steel needles.
Acupuncture needles are of a very thin; usually 0.14 mm to 0.30 mm in diameter and are inserted no more than 15 mm to 25 mm into the body. These needles come in a pre-sterilized sealed package and are discarded after the first use.
How Can I Overcome My Fear Of Needles
Many people with a fear of needles successfully obtain acupuncture treatments. There are ways to work around needle phobias, such as shortening the length of treatment slightly and breathing exercises. Having an open discussion about your fear will make it possible for you to overcome it, and enjoy the benefits of acupuncture. We are very understanding about the misconception that needles equal pain and will work with you to obtain positive results with acupuncture. If you have questions regarding this, please contact us by phone or email to discuss it further.
Does It Hurt?
Most people do not find acupuncture painful, as the needles are very thin. Many describe it as relaxing and fall asleep during treatment. People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; most feel no pain at all. Any discomfort is usually minimal and brief. After the needle is inserted you may feel various sensations ranging from: a vague numbness, heaviness, dull ache, slight tingling or nothing at all. These feelings are all desirable and normal.
Will You Work With My Doctor?
Acupuncture can help people who have not been successfully treated using conventional western medicine. With your consent, we will share information regarding your care with your doctor or health professionals.
Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture carries enormous medical benefits and is capable of providing you with a renewed sense of hope. It may help to restore your ability to conceive naturally, regulate your menstrual cycle, and minimize the side effects associated with hormonal drugs. Acupuncture creates a supportive positive fertile environment that allows your fetus to thrive and prosper naturally. This therapeutic treatment option has become increasingly popular and works hand-in-hand with modern fertility treatments, such as Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
Acupuncture is a great drug-free way to provide relief from many of the discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as nausea, severe vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, stress, insomnia, bleeding, heartburn, hemorrhoids, pain, elevated blood pressure, urinary incontinence, headaches/migraines, and constipation. It is also an excellent way to prepare the mother and baby for labor and can be used to correct breech position (up to 34 weeks).
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments varies from person to person. Most health conditions take more than one treatment to be resolved. It depends on many factors including duration and severity of the complaint. For example, if your condition is acute, 2-5 treatments may completely resolve symptoms, however, if you have been dealing with your symptoms for many years addressing them effectively will take longer. As a guide, it takes one month of treatment for every year you have been experiencing your complaint or ailment. As your health improves, visits can be reduced.
Is Acupuncture Covered By OHIP?
OHIP does not cover acupuncture; however many extended health insurance benefits do cover acupuncture treatments. Contact your insurance provider to obtain details on the extent and conditions of coverage.