Treatment at a Glance

An initial consultation includes an in depth health history review, taking the pulse on both arms and inspection of the tongue. Based on the results of this assessment, acupuncture treatment is highly individualized and treatment focus will vary depending on the patient’s treatment goals and expectations. Follow up treatments are typically shorter in length and will follow a treatment plan determined by the patients needs and therapeutic goal.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by the flow of energy throughout the body, called Qi ( “Chee” ). Disruption of this flow of energy is believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture treatment focuses on correcting imbalances in the flow of Qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin called acupuncture points. These points are connected by channels known as meridians.

The therapeutic applications of acupuncture are broad, but generally treatment focus is on promoting overall health, pain relief, treatment and prevention of disease. When functioning properly, Qi flows steadily along the meridians, from the core of the body to the more superficial tissues such as the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones and organs. Most acupuncture points are found in specific locations directly on or outside of these meridians. Some points don’t have a specific fixed location, but are associated with tender or reflex points and appear in the course of pain syndromes.

Acupuncture is a 5000-year-old technique which involves the stimulation of very specific Acupuncture points on the body through a range of techniques. Usually hair-thin metallic disposable needles are inserted, but other techniques such as acupressure, massage or moxibustion are used as well. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbal medicine, Tai Chi, Massage (Tui Na) and diet therapy are the practices which group together to make up what is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine

Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that aims to improve the flow of Qi or Energy in the patient’s body. Its involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. Cupping facilitates the flow of Qi or energy by pulling stuck energy to the surface of the skin so it can be reabsorbed. Muscle aches or pain would be stuck energy. Chinese medicine practitioners have been using cupping for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health problems.

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy which consists of burning dried plant materials called “moxa” on or near the surface of the skin on certain acupuncture points. Moxibustion is used to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. It plays an important roll in the traditional medical systems of China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia.

Dietary Therapy is the use of specific foods to strengthen, rebuild, and balance the body. It is a complex practice that identifies and treats underlying patterns of imbalance.  The key to creating an optimal diet is to understand that there is no single best diet for everyone.  Our rates of metabolism, the climates that we live in, and our physical activity levels differ.  We all have different health patterns.  While some individuals are rarely ill, others are frequently sick.  Also, areas of the body that are affected by the same pathogen in some people may differ in others.  Every human body has some basic requirements in common and Dietary Therapy starts with these basics in mind.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a major part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. The practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine uses thousands of herbs as primary therapy or as a complement a acupuncture treatments.

Tui Na Massage originated in ancient China and is believed to be the oldest system of body work. Tui Na translates to “pushing and pulling”. It is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather used to stimulate the meridians, encouraging the flow of Qi.

Qi Gong is a system of gentle coordinated body-posture, moment, breathing, and meditation used to promote the movement of Qi in the body. Movements are often repeated a number of times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement and building awareness of how ones body moves.


Interested in trying Acupuncture to relieve your pain?

Contact Elizabeth St Pierre-Charles (Formerly Rawls),
Acupuncturist Physician, Registered Nurse | 850-536-5854