In the past few years, you may have noticed an increase in the publicity around traditional eastern medical practices, acupuncture, and other traditional health care practices. In the past few years, the number of patients to Traditional Chinese practitioners has dramatically risen in Canada.

With the Ontario set to regulate the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; more and more people are choosing to first try some sort of traditional practice before seeing their General Practitioner. The increase has coincided with a general trend in the medical field toward holistic medicine –that is, treating the body as a whole unit, rather than trying to treat each area separately.

In Western Medicine, there has been a tendency to for doctors to specialize in one area of the body, or one narrow field, and for the most part, this has been successful. Problems arise however, when doctors fail to see the larger picture of a human body and how parts relate to each other.

Often times a patient will have many symptoms that they believe to be unrelated, and may receive treatment for these complaints individually.

When looking at the body with the view that the tissues and organ systems are connected, it is realized that many of the complaints are due to one or two root reasons.

This common situation is known as treating symptoms, rather than the cause of the symptoms. Through the philosophy of treating body parts and systems separately, it is easy to see how Western doctors are ill-equipped to treat patients holistically. In this article, we will introduce you to the world of holistic medicine, specifically Traditional Chinese medicine and the benefits it may have for you and your family.

You might not think that acupuncture can deal with any medical problems more serious than a headache, but Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture treats a very wide range of health conditions and physical complaints,

Any condition that is giving you discomfort, acupuncture can successfully treat most people.  Acupuncture is very popular for people with chronic illnesses where medications would be life long and people are looking for an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals.

Acupuncture is best used as preventative medicine, treating minor imbalances before they become a disease.  You do not need to have major health problems before you seek the help of an acupuncturist, he or she can look at your condition and determine what kind of rebalancing needs to be done.   When treating an acute discomfort, for example, a cold or waking up with a sore neck, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.  Acute symptoms can be treated with success when caught early before they have the chance to become a chronic problem.

At your first visit to an acupuncturist, you will expect to be asked questions about your physical discomforts.  You will be asked to do some things that you wouldn’t expect at your doctor’s.  For example, you will be asked to look at your tongue and they will take your pulse.  This gives information about the condition of organs inside your body, whether you have a deficiency or excessive condition or whether a blockage is the source of your pain.

Once your acupuncturist has come up with a diagnosis of what is at the root of your health concerns, they will draw up a treatment plan.  You will be asked to lie down on a bed, and a series of very fine needles will be inserted in certain points throughout your body.  The needles are so fine that many can fit into a hypodermic needle used to draw blood. The acupuncture points lay on channels that are seen as connecting through the whole body, so treatment for shoulder pain will involve needles on the legs.

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of common and uncommon health complaints with a holistic view of the body.  It is an excellent way to rebalance the body without harm.  Acupuncture focuses on prevention, so make an acupuncture appointment at the slightest signs of discomfort, or make an appointment to get an assessment of your body in Traditional Chinese Medicine terms.

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