15 Feb


Posted by Dr. Amanda Lee Categories: Uncategorized

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complimentary medicine which has been practiced for thousands of years throughout Asia. It has made it’s way to North America and is gaining a reputation for being an effective form of health care. The approach is holistic and treatment varies according to the individual. An acupuncturist will strategically place fine, sterile, single-use needles into acupoints on the body. These points are found along meridians or pathways of energy (Qi). The needling activates the body’s Qi and helps to restore balance to our physical and emotional health. This enhances our immune system and allows our body’s ability to heal more efficiently.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

Many are surprised by the variety of conditions that acupuncture can effectively treat. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to treat the many following conditions.

Just to name a few:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Headache
  • Incontinence
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstral Irregularities
  • Pain
  • Pregnancy related conditions
  • Reproductive problems
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stress disorders
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

What techniques will be used?

There is a variety of techniques used during your visit according to what is most beneficial to your condition.

  • Acupuncture
  • Tui Na Massage
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Cupping
  • Acupressure
  • Infrared Heat
  • Moxibustion
  • Acutonics (sound vibrational therapy)
  • Food cure recommendations

Will my medical insurance cover acupuncture?

Many extended health providers do cover acupuncture. All plans do vary so please check with your policy. BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) covers $23 per visit for BC residents with a combined family income of $28,000 or less for up to 10 visits per year to a registered acupuncturist.

How should I prepare for my first treatment?

Expect to spend about 90 minutes for the first consultation along with treatment. There will be lots of questions asked of your lifestyle and medical background. Wear loose comfortable clothing and come well hydrated. Try not to have a completely full or empty stomach. You may feel tired after your treatment so please allow yourself some “down time” for at least an hour afterwards.

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