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Acupuncture

 
 

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic method of health care that has been used for thousands of years in China and around the world to help the body regain and maintain its balance. It is used for literally “all that ails us” physically, mentally and spiritually. Ultra-fine, single-use needles are inserted into specific points on the body to influence Qi (pronounced “chee”)

Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes several tools alone or in combination within a treatment.

Acupuncture Needles

Ultra-fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points to help rebalance the body. Needles are surgical-grade steel and single-use disposable.

Tui Na

Therapeutic massage therapy used to relieve muscle tension and aid in soft-tissue healing. Uses various techniques, including acupressure, without the use of oil and minimizes skin exposure.

Cupping            

Glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin and retained with suction or glided over the skin with a lubricant. Often leaves red or purplish marks on the skin that fade within a few days.

Moxibustion

Moxa, or mugwort, is often packed into a charcoal stick form and is burnt above the skin to apply gentle heat at specific acupoints.  No direct heat is applied to the skin. Moxa oil, patches or heat packs may be substituted in scent or smoke sensitive clinics.

Gua Sha            

A bone tool used to release fascial adhesions or to relieve conditions such as fever or heatstroke. May result in tenderness or red to purplish marks on the skin that dissipate within a few days.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal prescriptions are tailored to each client and contain a specific combination of 5 to 20 herbs. They can be taken as teas or in prepared pills with the frequency and dosage specific to each patient.

Nutrition

Whole foods are chosen by their nature to support the healing process.

 
 

What to Expect

After the initial nip of the needle insertion, you may experience a range of sensations such as a slight tingling, heaviness, warmth, a dull ache, or a bulging sensation. These may dissipate over the treatment or you may experience sensations in places where a needle is not present.  If you are uncomfortable with needles, nervous before or during your treatment or unsure about the practitioner leaving the room while the needles are in, be sure to discuss this openly with your practitioner. 

The initial appointment is 90 minutes long.   This includes your in-depth consultation as well as a treatment. A follow-up appointment is usually 60 minutes long.

Avoid strenuous exercise, drinking alcohol or eating a large meal a few hours prior to your treatment. No special clothing is needed. Please advise your practitioner before your appointment if you are feeling unwell, there are any recent changes in your health or if you suspect you are pregnant.

After treatment, listen to your body. If tired, rest, reduce workout intensity, avoid heavy or greasy foods, and drink plenty of water.  

 
 

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recognize acupuncture as an effective treatment for an array of health conditions.

Women's Health - fertility, pre & post-natal care, endometriosis, menopause.

Mental Health - anxiety, stress, depression, addictions, insomnia.

Circulatory Disorders - heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke.

Respiratory Disorders - asthma, colds & flu, bronchitis...

Digestive Disorders - crone's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux.

Immune Disorders - allergies, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia.

Musculoskeletal Disorders - motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, arthritis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kensington Health Group
301 1167 Kensington Cres NW
Calgary AB T2N 1X7
403.283.0737