About Chinese Medicine

Chinese Acupuncture

Chinese Acupuncture
Chinese Acupuncture Toronto

 


Acupuncture is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is gaining popularity in Toronto and Surrounding area because of its successful treatment of a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture promotes your body’s ability to heal itself. It can strengthen recuperative power and boost immunity, balance physical and emotional health, and improve overall body function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective medicine to treat a wide variety of medical problems. Practitioners of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have used this non-invasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.

What is Qi? ( pronounced “chee”)
At the heart of this ancient medicine is the philosophy of Qi ( pronounced “chee”) or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi gives life to the body and protects it from invasion (bacteria/virus), illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

How does Qi move?
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians which connect to internal meridian pathways which link to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands.

How is Qi flow disrupted?
Lack of exercise, overexertion, eating a poor diet, overeating, physical trauma, emotional trauma, seasonal changes, stress, quantity and quality of qi can all contribute to the improper flow of Qi. Normally when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain or disease can set in and become chronic.

What does an Acupuncturist do?
Initially, each patient is taken through an extensive initial exam including a full health history. Questions are asked regarding the health, symptoms and lifestyle. We gather this information to effectively diagnose the patient based on the individual. We look for imbalances of Qi which may have contributed to a person’s health problems.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acu-points along the meridians This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can feely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues, and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.

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