Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, metal needles to stimulate specific points of the body that reach meridians. These stimulation points are called acupuncture points or acupoints. Traditional Chinese medicine holds that there are 365 commonly used acupuncture points on 20 meridians on the human body. Typically, it takes 15 to 30 minutes of manipulating the needles in these acupuncture points and 30 to 60 minutes of retaining the needles. By doing so, it regulates the flow of qi(energy) throughout the body and restore health to the mind and body, thus balancing the yin and yang. The insertions of needles are manipulated either by the hand or by electrical stimulation, called electroacupuncture. In Ontario, acupuncture treatment is a regulated profession and can only be performed by a R.Acu who is registered with College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario(CTCMPAO).
Every body's response to needle stimulation is individual. During treatments,usually local sensitiveness is expected, which is called "arrival of Qi", clinically manifested as local soreness, shooting tenderness or mild stingy pain etc. At the end of treatments, most patients feel soreness,local tenderness on treated sites,some mild redness on some spots where blood supply is sufficient,mild dizziness or general mild achiness. All the above sensations are predictable and are signs of the body interacting to the needling. Usually acupuncture followed by a soothing massage therapy is recommended (not mandatory) which can help promote the clinical effects of acupunture and reduce muscle achiness after needles are withdrawn.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which mugwort (commonly used herb) is burned on (direct moxibustion) or near the skin (indirect moxibustion). The purpose of moxibustion is to heat acupuncture points in order to stimulate the flow of qi and strengthen the blood and energy. Clinical proof shows moxibustion is effectively applied to turn breech baby in the 2nd trimester pregnancy.
Both acupuncture and moxibustion are therapeutic treatments to treat a variety of medical concerns and diseases, no matter it is musculosketetal issues which are residing the surface level of the body or it is functional abnormalities with internal organs or endocrine system or hormone imbalance.
Typical Acupuncture/Moxibustion treatment includes: