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Dr. Harreson Caldwell
Your Downtown Vancouver Acupuncture and Hypnosis Clinic
is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
What Should I Expect On My First Visit?
What Happens in Treatment?
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
What about Herbs?
How does Acupuncture Work?
Does it Hurt?
Is it Safe?
What Conditions Does it Treat?
What is Moxibustion?
What is Tuina?
Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been developed over 3,000 years and includes
several modalities; they are all based on the theory of 14 meridians or
pathways in the body in which "Qi" (pronounced "chee")
or vital energy flows. In
TCM, it is believed that ailments are caused by disturbances in the bodily
flow of Qi. Practitioners of TCM work to regain the normal flow of Qi,
thereby helping to restore health of the whole body. It
is important to remember that TCM works to cure the cause of illness as
opposed to treating only the symptoms.
Should I Expect On My First Visit?Your
first complimentary visit to Caldwell Clinic will be approximately 45
minutes long while we review your medical history and recommend treatment(s). Since
TCM takes a holistic approach, you may be asked questions that appear
to be unrelated to the chief complaint, however these questions are vital
for correct TCM diagnosis. We
will examine your tongue and feel pulses on both wrists -- very important
diagnostic tools to help us evaluate the state of your internal organ
all of the above information we will then determine the cause of your
symptoms, and recommend follow-up treatments. Treatment visits are 50-60
minutes in length.
Question: What is the procedure of treatment? What
Happens in Treatment?During
acupuncture treatments with Dr. Caldwell, the patient lies down in a private
room. Selected acupuncture points are sterilized with alcoholized cotton.
The needles (which are disposable, individually packaged and sterilized)
are then inserted.
The needles typically stay in place for at leat half an hour. For some
conditions, however, they may be in place for only a few minutes or for
up to an hour.
Sometimes heat will be applied to further stimulate the acupuncture points.
The moxibustion method or cupping can also be used in the combination
with acupuncture treatment for some cases. How
Many Treatments Will I Need? One
course of treatment consists of anywhere from 5-15 sessions. The interval
between courses is usually 5-7 days. The number and the duration of treatments
will depend on the nature of the disease and whether herbs are also taken.
Some cases may need only two or three treatments, while more chronic conditions
can take considerably longer. The average number is probably between three
and twelve sessions What
Clinic has an extensive pharmacy of Chinese herbs available in tablet
and powder form. Herbal
combinations area a major component of TCM and are prescribed according
to complex rules of diagnoses, with the intent of correcting imbalances
within the body.
They are absolutely safe and reliable, and have no known side effects
when accurately prescribed by qualified TCM practitiioners.How
does Acupuncture Work? Acupuncture
is a large part of TCM and involves the insertion of hair-thin needles
at specific points along meridians to alter or enhance the flow of Qi.Scientifically,
several theories have been presented as to exactly how acupuncture works.
One suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord
theory is that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic-like
substances called endorphins, which reduce pain. Other studies have found
that other relieving substances, called opiates, may be released into
the body during an acupuncture treatment.Does
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin.
They are also inserted into less deep levels compared to hypodermic needles,
generally no more than a half-inch depending on the treatment being delivered.While
each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only
a slight pricking pain upon insertion of the needle. Some people have
reported feeling a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed.
If you experience significant pain from the treatment, it may be a sign
that the procedure is being done improperly.Is
practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is an extremely
safe and effective system of health care. Doctors of TCM have completed
an eight year program of extensive clinical training, while registered
acupuncturists complete a 3 or 4 year program. Acupuncture
does no harm if properly administered. However, there are certain conditions
in which acupuncture may not be the best option. For example, if you have
a pacemaker, you should not receive electroacupuncture. Similarly, if
you are a hemophiliac, you may want to consider other forms of health
Conditions Does it Treat?In
the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognised the ability of
TCM to treat over 40 common ailments:·neuromuscular
conditions (arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, neck/shoulder pain)
·circulatory disorders such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis
·emotional and psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety
·addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs ·respiratory
disorders (emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis)
·gastrointestinal conditions such as ulcers, chronic diarrhea,
constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness and gastritis.
In 1997, a consensus statement released by the National Institutes of
Health, found that acupuncture could be useful by itself or in combination
with other therapies to treat addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps,
tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel
syndrome and asthma. What
is a penetrating technique used by licensed acupuncturists and is performed
by burning an herb called mugwort leaf directly above acupuncture points
in order to direct or enhance the flow of Qi.What
is Tuina Used For?
massage is an integral part of our approach to holistic care. It may be
advisable for patients with pain disorders to receive both acupuncture
and massage therapy. 30 minute appointments specifically for Tuina massage
are available upon request.
Ask the Doctor
·TCM Licensing College
·Blue Poppy Enterprises
·Health Action Network Society