Traditional Chinese Medicine includes different modalities: 1) Acupuncture 2) Moxibustion (Herbal Heat Therapy) 3) Tuina (Massage) 4) Cupping ( myofascial decompression) 5) Guasha ( Friction therapy) 7) Herbal Medicine 8) Diet Therapy
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.
The benefits of acupuncture are many. Below is a more comprehensive list of disorders for which acupuncture is proven to be effective:
Chronic and Acute Pain Conditions: Back Pain and Sciatica (including herniated and bulging discs) Neck Pain (including stiff neck, numbness and tingling in arms and fingers) Knee Pain (bone, cartilage, ligament, tendon, meniscus tears; chondromalacia patella, arthritis) Shoulder Pain (including Frozen Shoulder, bursitis and other types) Hip Pain (strains, bursitis, inflammatory arthritis of the hip) Headache and Migraine Foot Pain (Plantar Fasciitis, Morton’s Neuroma, Heel Spurs et al.) Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) Elbow Pain ( Tennis and Golf Elbow) Sports Injuries (including Strains and Sprains) Fibromyalgia Arthritis and Joint Pain; Tendonitis, Bursitis Temporomandibular Joint Disease – TMJ or TMD Bell’s Palsy
Psychological Conditions: Depression Anxiety and Panic Disorder Bipolar Disorder ADHD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD Insomnia Chronic Stress Addictions
Autoimmune Disorders: Multiple Sclerosis Lupus Rheumatoid Arthritis Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s ThyroiditisScleroderma Sjogren’s Syndrome Crohn’s Disease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Psoriasis Sarcoidosis Anklyosing Spondylitis Celiac Disease
Digestive Disorders: IBS Leaky Gut Syndrome Constipation Diarrhea Ulcerative Colitis SIBO Acid reflux Diverticulitis
Women’s Health: Infertility IVF Support Hormonal Imbalances Menopause symptoms – (night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings et al.) PMS symptoms (cramping, clotting, pain, irritability, headache et al.) Endometriosis Irregular Menstruation Painful Menstruation
Sources: 1. NIH, Acupuncture, Nov. 3–5, 1997, Vol. 15, No. 52. World Health Organization. Viewpoint on Acupuncture. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1979.
What are the benefits of Facial Acupuncture? The main goal of Facial Acupuncture is to emphasize the innate beauty and radiance of an individual. When the course of treatments recommended are completed your face can glow up and erase as many as 5 years from your face with maintenance sessions in place. Patients usually see results after just a few treatments. Facial acupuncture can: Reduce or eliminate Fine lines Deeper wrinkles softened and diminished Bags under the eye can be reduced Jowls firms and sculpted Puffiness eliminated Increase moisture due to greater local circulation of blood to the face Increase of collagen production in the face Firmer skin and skin muscle tone Tightening of enlarged pores Brightening of complexion and around eye area due to increase of blood flow Relaxes the muscle around jaw, relief from TMJ soreness and tightness Clear skin Reduce acnes and blemishes Release Ear and Sinus pressure improved hormonal balance reduction of stress that is often evident in the face.
Any Contraindications for Facial Acupuncture? Facial Acupuncture is contraindicated for those who suffer from pituitary disorders, heart disorder, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, severe migraine headaches and bleeding or bruising problems. In addition, it is contraindicated for those who are pregnant, suffering from an acute cold, flu, allergy attack or herpes outbreak (cold sores). Please notify the practitioner if you have any blood disorders and use blood thinning medications. Severe migraines must be treated prior to having facial treatments, and the individual needs to be migraine-free for three months.
At what age should I start Cosmetic Acupuncture? Skin elasticity starts to decline at the age of 25. So, it is never too early to start. In fact, younger youthful skin (starting age 20) will benefit from cosmetic acupuncture as a preventative measure to delay the aging process and keep the skin glowing.
How to prepare for your first cosmetic acupuncture appointment? Eat prior to your appointment Avoid caffeine Avoid Alcohol 24 hours prior to treatment Come to your appointment with a clean face Drinks lots of water after your treatment
What should I know before my first appointment? Please come with a clean face, In order to successfully apply the needles, your face needs to be as clean as possible to avoid infections. We offer makeup wipes if you come to your appointment wearing makeup but if you have sensitive skin or a preference for your own cleanser, please keep this in mind.
Your first appointment is structured differently than subsequent appointments. The initial treatment includes acupuncture needles on the body as well as the facial area, this is to trigger the body to start rejuvenating from within. After the initial appointment, all treatments will be focused on the face and neck.
How many Facial Acupuncture treatments will I need? Generally, a course of treatment consists of 10-12 sessions to get optimal results. The effects become most noticeable and lasting on or about the seventh treatment. Each individual responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to and during the treatment series. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results and maintenance sessions can be scheduled either monthly or seasonally, depending on what fits best with each patient.
How long do the results from the Facial Acupuncture last? The effects of Facial Acupuncture Rejuvenation are cumulative and last up to 3-5 years after a course of 10 treatments, with maintenance.Each patients’ results will be different, but each patient will need maintenance treatments once per month or once per season to maintain the result.
I’ve had Botox and Fillers. Can I receive Facial Acupuncture? Many patients choose to use cosmetic acupuncture to diminish Fine to medium lines and m choose botox or fillers to take care of those stubborn deep wrinkles. As a matter of fact, aesthetic acupuncture treatments will help to prolong the life of Botox or fillers. The patient will be saving time, money and fewer possible side effects.
Facial Acupuncture Rejuvenation actually is recommended for patients who have previously had botox injections in the face. Cosmetic Acupuncture keeps the botox effective for a longer period of time and most patients find that they only need botox every 8 to 12 months rather than every 3 to 6 months! It is recommended to wait two to three weeks after you have received your Botox or fillers before booking a facial acupuncture treatment.
Is facial rejuvenation acupuncture covered by my benefits? All facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatments are performed by Einaz Farahmand our Registered Acupuncturist and therefore allows you to claim your session through your acupuncture benefits coverage.
As Acupuncture is becoming more popular and effective in medicine, more medical practitioners (medical doctors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, midwives etc),employ it in their practices. The amount of training in both theory and practice can vary. Below is a list of the various types of certifications currently available in Canada:
MD or Physiotherapist:
iSTOP (IMS) – 50 hrs
Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) Level I – 90 hrs
Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) Level II – 195 hrs
Medical Acupuncture, University of Alberta – 200 hrs
Medical Acupuncture, McMaster University – 300 hrs
College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC – 250 hrs
Licensed and Registered Acupuncturists:
CTCMA (Ministry of Health) – 1900 hrs (equivalent to 3 yrs)
Doctor of TCM – CTCMA (Ministy of Health)- 3840 hrs (equivalent to 5 years)
Acupuncture works by encouraging a healthy flow of energy in the body; thus, allowing it to use its own resources more efficiently in order for the body to heal more quickly and more thoroughly.
Can I address more than one health issue at a time with acupuncture? Yes, oftentimes when a patient receives treatment for a particular health issue, almost always another problem clears up as the body and the organ systems start healing and find a balance.
Can I get other treatments such as massage, physiotherapy, Chiropractor while I am in treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncture/ Fire Cupping? Yes, of course. Acupuncture can supplement and increase efficacy of other treatments, as it helps the body to heal itself, without adding anything or taking anything away. It is important to communicate about your specific situation or health goals so we can create a plan that works in synchrony with all your other treatment modalities in place.
Fill out all Forms Eat lightly an hour or two before the appointment – please don’t arrive on an empty stomach or having eaten a large meal.
Avoid Caffeine before treatment
Bring list of medications you are currently taking
Wear comfortable clothing: Loose fitting clothes or shorts and tank top.
After acupuncture, your autonomic nerves, blood circulation, and lymphatic system will start work on creating a balance from within. We recommend after each session of acupuncture do not engage in any hard physical activities such as gym type of exercises, swimming, and taking a test. You should drink plenty of water. Get some rest, meditate, eat nourishing foods, and keep warm. Most people feel relaxed, sometimes tired, and should start to feel relief from their issue within 24-48 hours, if not immediately.
The number of treatments varies depending on your condition and specific needs, it is recommended to receive your first course of treatment within close succession, allowing us to jumpstart your body’s healing esponse .. At the beginning, treatments should be two to three times per week for the first few weeks. A course of treatment consists of 5-10 sessions depending on whether the issues at hand are acute or chronic. The treatment plan will be discussed at your initial appointment.
Sometimes bruises can develop with the needle sites, which may feel tender and sore. However, in most cases the tenderness and soreness are a positive indication that your body has reacted to the treatment and the healing cycle has begun. Varies cases to case. Please feel free to contact us if you need any help to better navigate through your recovery.
Please note: Prices listed do not include tax. Cash payments accepted. Deposits non-refundable. We have a no refund policy and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.