Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine
What is acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and can it help me?
Acupuncturists and TCM-practitioners are regulated healthcare professionals that help treat a variety of ailments by promoting the body’s own natural healing abilities.
Acupuncture involves an ancient form of Chinese medicine, where thin, flexible needles are inserted into the skin at specific points of the body chosen by the acupuncturist based on your condition. Acupuncture points form paths of energy channels called “meridians” – pathology occurs when these paths are blocked.
SmartLife acupuncturists are proud to practice safe handling and hygiene of acupuncture needles – needles are individually packaged, one-time use and disposed properly.
As a service, acupuncture is also sometimes incorporated into physiotherapy, chiropractic or naturopathic treatments at no additional cost.
What other techniques are used?
Acupuncturists and TCM-practitioners use other techniques to help decrease local toxins and increase circulation, thereby promoting healing.
GuaSha involves scrapping over lubricated skin along muscles or acupuncture meridians. Special scrapping tools are used to achieve increased microcirculation at the level of the capillaries. Capillaries are the body’s thinnest blood vessels, also where much of bodily toxins are contained. By forcing toxins out at the level of capillaries, GuaSha promotes flow of circulation, but also causes red spots to appear on the skin that can be expected to resolve in a few days.