Balance Your Energies
Acupuncture is an ancient medical technique originating in China dating further back than 2000 BCE. Acupuncture involves the application of needles to certain points in the body to relieve pain, cure diseases, and improve overall general health
How it works:
According to theories of traditional Chinese medicine, the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected via pathways called Meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi) that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of Qi flow can lead to disease and acupuncture aims to corrects these imbalances.
Evidence Based Acupuncture:
Research has show the insertion of needles regulates levels of neurotransmitters and hormones
1. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release 4 types of opioid peptides which have an analgesic (painkiller) property.
2. Release of neurotransmitters of endorphins, norepinephrine and enkaphalin
dopamine: mood elevator
seratonin: mood stabalizer
oxytocin: regulates the parasympathetic Nervous system ("rest and digest system)
adenosine: natural compound which regulates sleep, affects the heart and has anti-inflammatory properties as well as a natural pain killer
3. Locally acupuncture needles cause vasodilation (widen blood vessels) by stimulating the release of peptides to increase blood flow to an injured area. Blood will heal the body and an injury as it carries oxygen, nutrients from food, immune substances, hormones, analgesics (painkillers) and anti-inflammatories. By increasing blood flow to an area, healing times are reduced while flushing out inflammatory factors and lactic acid
4. When acupuncture needles are placed at the site of pain, they serve to interrupt pain signals traveling to the spine therefore decreasing pain activity in the brain reducing both the intensity and perception of chronic pain.
Holistic Body Treatment
Chinese medicine is based on the principle that the body presents signs and symptoms of disharmony that can be diagnosed to understand the underlying pathology behind a patients health concerns.
In the initial visit, the patient is evaluated using traditional Chinese Medicine principals as the treatment will work with the entire body and organs to improve the flow of blood and qi to help restore health. This assessment includes an overall health intake to evaluate the body as a whole to enable diagnose of the patient so an individualized treatment plan and protocol can be developed.
At Good Medicine we use high quality ultra fine, sterile needles to stimulate specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect with a virtually painless treatment experience. As part of the treatment, cups may be placed on specific parts of the body.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes the use of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the treatment of multiple and varied health concerns. Chronic and Acute Conditions including (but not limited to) include:
Acute / Chronic Pain
Low back pain and sciatica | Neck pain | Headaches and Migraines | Issues of TMJ| Fibromyalgia pain | Arthritis | Shoulder pain | Frozen Shoulder | Elbow pain | Heel pain and Plantar Fasciitis | Radiating pain, numbness and/or tingling
Low back pain/tightness | Neck pain and tightness | Tight Calves and Hamstrings| Bursitis of Hips| Tennis or Golfers elbow| Rotator Cuff Injuries| Achilles tendinopathy| Muscle Strains and/or Contusions | Tendinopathy| Ligament Sprain and Joint Pain
Mental Emotional, Digestive & Endocrine Health
Depression | Insomnia | Anxiety | Fatigue| | Hypothyroidism | Edema | Regulate Blood Pressure | Indigestion | Constipation/ Diarrhea
Infertility | Menstrual irregularity or pain | Morning Sickness | Induction of Labour | Post Natal depression | Mastitis | Breastmilk difficulties | Fetal Support | Menopausal Issues | Constipation
Rheumatoid Arthritis | Multiple Sclerosis| Psoriasis | Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Fibromyalgia | Chronic Fatigue Syndrome | Meniere’s Disease | Many other autoimmune disorders
Post stroke recovery | Peripheral neuropathy | Trigeminal neuralgia | Post-herpetic neuralgia | Bell’s Palsy |
Allergies, Sinusitis, cough asthma headaches dizziness tinnitus, abdominal pain, nausea, urinary disorders, bowel irregularities, common cold, bleeding irregularities, difficult weigh loss