Acupuncture is a holistic method of treatment used in conjunction with a comprehensive diagnostic system based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory that has evolved over thousands of years. The development of acupuncture was derived from the discovery that our bodies contain a series of energetic pathways that flow through and connect all aspects of our being: organ systems, bone structures, muscles, fluids and even our emotions and spirit. These pathways – called meridians – contain specific points where energy flows closer to the surface of our body, and we use acupuncture to access these points.
When we are in a state of balance, our energetic forces – Qi – flows smoothly throughout our body, and we are illness free. If the energy becomes blocked, then we will start to experience symptoms – aches, pain, digestive upset, physical or emotional tension – that throw us out of balance. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin sterilized needles at specific points of the body. By activating these points, acupuncture can promote natural healing by improving Qi circulation and blood flow to remove blockages causing imbalance in the body. It is a safe, natural and drug free way to eliminate toxins, reduce pain and improve overall function and well-being. Acupuncture and TCM works with the whole body rather than just the symptoms. By focusing on healing both the root (cause) and the branch (symptom), all aspects of our well-being – physical, mental, spiritual – are restored, which further boosts our immune system to make staying in balance easier. Book you first Kits acupuncture appointment today!
Physical sensations elicited from acupuncture range from a slight pressure or distending feeling, to sudden tingling – I like to call it a “zing” – and no, it doesn’t generally hurt. If you can handle a mosquito bite, then acupuncture won’t be a problem. Most people feel a sense of calm and relaxation during and/or after their treatment. Acupuncture is a wonderful method for “preventive maintenance”, having regular treatments to stay well and prevent imbalances from recurring.
It depends. Acute conditions of imbalance are generally treated more frequently in a short period of time. The longer you’ve been in a state of imbalance, or the more complex your health goals, the longer your course of treatment will likely be. It also depends on how your body responds to treatment. Acupuncture treatments have a cumulative effect, so each time you come in, you’re adding to the healing process. It also depends on what other aspects of healing you are participating in. Your Kits acupuncture & TCM Practitioner will work with you to develop individualized treatment plan that resonates with where you’re at, and where you want to get to.
Acupuncture can be used to work with any kind of imbalance in your body. In Vancouver acupuncture clinics often focus on key areas of health. We are a general practice, and common themes that people come to our clinic for treatment include:
Additional areas of treatment can be found on our Conditions Treated page. For a comprehensive listing of treatments identified by the World Health Organization, click here.
Learn more about our Kits Acupuncturist & TCM Practitioner – Cary Rendek. Contact us to have your questions about acupuncture answered by booking in a complimentary 15-minute consultation.
In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, other TCM techniques may be utilized as part of your treatment plan, depending on your needs, preferences and condition. These include: