What is acupuncture?
As well as an art and a natural science, acupuncture was developed in China 5000 years ago as a system of diagnosis and curing pain and disease. Acupuncture regulates and tones the body in the digestive, elimination and oxygenation functions. It particularly enhances the immune system.
Acupuncture is safe and effective and is successfully used as an alternative to medication or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when occidental medical therapy has failed.
Today, acupuncture is used worldwide and modern technology has allowed variations in acupuncture treatment. Electro-acupuncture involves stimulation of inserted needles with gentle electrical impulses. Instead of needles, acupuncture points can be stimulated with magnets. The magnets replace needles for energetic treatment for babies, children or adults.
One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. There is no age limit for receiving treatment. We can successfully treat babies, children, adults and elderly.
Stress period, overworking or tiredness are good reasons to receive acupuncture. It’s an excellent way to remain healthy.
How does acupuncture work?
Energy circulate in the body along paths named “meridians”, they are hosting acupuncture points that can be activate. When the activation occurs (by needling, digital pressure or magnetic field of the magnet) there is an ionic balance in the point. It activates the flow of energy promoting the stimulation of the natural healing, reduce the inflammatory process and induce a physical and emotional well-being by the production of natural analgesic called “endorphins”.
Does it hurt?
People experience different sensations with acupuncture. Most patient feel only minimal discomfort when the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the deedless are in place, there should be no significant discomfort.
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are made from stainless steel. Two or three needles would fit inside the barrel of regular hollow needle used for injections. For the magnets there is obviously no sensation at all.
Using magnets in Energetic Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, is based on the harmonious circulation of energy in the body. Any disease or functional disorder is a deterioration of this circulation. The treatment of acupuncture is aimed to opening or closing points in order to restore this circulation and to recover health. Let us note immediately that it is not the tool used for opening that is the treatment but the point itself. The activation of the points can be done in 3 manners: traditionally by the needle, by the positioning of a magnet and more recently by laser.
First of all let us establish how the needle works. While inserting the needle a change occurs to the cells, the ionic changes deteriorating the total electric permeability of the point of acupuncture. It is similar to being activated by a switch by positioning it on OPENED or CLOSED. About thirty years ago, the Japanese tried to obtain the same type of ionic change by using various means: heat, cold, electricity, etc… When they tested magnetic fields, they realized that the cells of the point carried out their ionic change from 2500 Gauss (measurement of power of the magnet, for example an apparatus with magnetic resonance IRM uses 15,000 Gauss). Although used everywhere in the world, research on the magnets comes mainly from Japan and Europe. They were introduced in Canada 30 years ago.
From this research, the choice between the use of a needle or a magnet returns to the patient because, in any event, once the point is activated it offers the same result. As an example: one can unlock a door with a key or a magnetic card and the result will be the same. The door will not be “more unlocked" or "less unlocked" with one more than with the other. The speed of the opening of the door will depend on the force of the person who opens it and not the key itself. In acupuncture, the speed of the treatment will depend on the energy of the patient and not on the mode of activation on the point.
In conclusion, whether we chose the magnets or the needles, the result is the same one. The difference resides in the fact that the installation of magnets or the use of a laser is painless and makes it possible to help people who do not like the needles and this, for any age. It however should be well understood that the magnets replace the needles during the energy activation of the point (allergies, insomnia, otitis, depression, etc…). In the case of treatment of physical pains such bursitis, tendinitis, lumbar pain, sciatic nerve, etc…, it is absolutely necessary to use the needles (except if you choose manual therapy like NIROMATHÉ or BOWEN).
Rare people prefer needles while all others choose magnets. In any of these cases, at our private clinic, we have the knowledge necessary to use of both with respect to Chinese Traditional Medicine.
How many treatments will be required?
The number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required. In some cases, on treatment will be enough. For complex or longstanding conditions two or more treatments can be necessary, varying with the healing process. Treatment sessions usually last between 20 to 45 minutes. Relief may be immediate or occur later. We often observe a rebound effects (temporary increasing of the pain) after the first treatment but a diminution of the pain after the others ones. Nearly 80% of patients respond well to acupuncture with a noticeable improvement.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No; acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process helping them get better. A positive attitude towards wellness may reinforce the effects of any type of treatment. A neutral or negative attitude (“I don’t think its works”) will not block the effects of acupuncture.
Is there any special advice to follow before or after a treatment?
It is best not to eat unusually large meals before or after a treatment. If possible, a short rest after a treatment is desirable, but not essential. Some patients feel unusually relaxed and prefer to plan activities accordingly. Strong exercise is not recommended immediately after a treatment.
How is acupuncture used today?
Acupuncture is very effective and the World Health Organization has identified the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems. In treating any illness or affliction, a correct Chinese diagnosis is important before any decisions are made regarding therapy.
We can treat :
Gastritis Liver problems Ulceration Gallbladder problems
Nausea Vomiting Diarrhoea Lack of appetite
Colitis Crohn’s disease Constipation Hiccups
Slow digestion Bloating Bronchitis Cold
Sinusitis Breathlessness Allergies Asthma
Cough Perannual nose running Laryngitis Seasonal rhinitis
Hemorrhoids Oedema Cramps Gout
Migraine Swelling Headache Raynaud disease
Incontinence Enuresis (bed-wetting) Vaginitis Menstruation disorders
Leucorrhea Menopausal troubles Prostate problems PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)
Nervousness Insomnia Nightmare Tiredness
Vertigo Anxiety Anguish Burn-out
Stress Meniere Syndrome Labyrinthitis Facial paralysis (Bell)
Depression Spontaneous sweating Zona (shingles) Trembling
Twitching Loss of equilibrium Otitis Weakening of muscles
Blurred vision Dry eyes Phosphenes (spots in the visual field)
Backache Epicondylitis (tennis-elbow)
Sciatica Carpal tunnel syndrome Torticollis Muscular pains
Bursitis Tendinitis Capsulititis Rotatory cuff
Lumbago Heel spurs Knee troubles Nevralgia
Writer’s hand Spasms Fibromyalgia Sport traumas
Urinary infection Pregnancy:
-frequent awakening -vomiting
-cramps or colic -post-partum