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11 2019 Oct

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What is Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?

Which disorders are frequently treated with Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Oshio clinic?

Is Acupuncture Safe at Oshio clinic?

How Does Acupuncture Work?

How Is The Treatment Carried Out?

Is Acupuncture Painful?

How many treatments do I need?

How long does each Acupuncture treatment take?

Does MSP cover Acupuncture?

Does my  insurance plan cover Acupuncture?

Do I need a Doctor’s prescription for Acupuncture?

How can I  find a good Acupuncturist or Doctor of TCM?

FAQ

What is Acupuncture and TCM?

Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, Acupuncture is one of the oldest Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) procedures. As an essential part of TCM, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, metallic needles, (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus), on specific points (acupuncture points or acupoints) of the body’s surface.

The extreme thinness of the needles ensures that little or no discomfort will be experienced during the treatment. At a medical level, the insertion of these very fine needles on the acupoints influences the physiological functions of the body, re-balances the energy of the body and restores the health.

Acupuncture has been officially recognized and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an important aspect of health care.   Acupuncture is very popular not only in China, but also in many other countries in the world. Acupuncture is widely accepted as a supplementary healthcare service to the mainstream health care system across Canada. It has already been regulated in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. In Ontario, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act has been passed by the provincial legislative assembly in 2006.

Which disorders are frequently treated with Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Oshio clinic?

Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization and is effective in treating a number of disorders. Having more than 27 years of clinical experience after graduating from medical school, the doctors at Oshio clinic are experienced at treating the following disorders with acupuncture and Chinese medicine:

*Various painful disorders: headache, shoulder pain, neck stiffness and pain, back and lower back pain, knee pain, tennis and golfer’s elbow, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica.

*Various skin disorders: Eczema, psoriasis.

*Various allergic disorders: Asthma, rhinitis.

*Various women disorders: Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular menstruation, abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, menopausal syndrome, breast tumors, infertility.

*Digestive disorders: Gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Chron’s disease, constipation, dysentery.

*Depression or anxiety

*Cancers

*Paralysis: Paralysis due to stroke, facial paralysis.

*Cerebral palsy

*Obesity

*Addiction: smoking, alcohol or drug

*Dermatological conditions

*Toxins or poison accumulated in the body

Is Acupuncture Safe at Oshio clinic?

Yes. Even though acupuncture accidents happen in some clinics, our clinic has always been safe for our patients, and we have not had an injury due to acupuncture treatment since it was set up in 1999. In our clinic, only sterile needles are used for the treatments. These needles come in sterile containers and are used only once, and then disposed of.  No possibility of blood-transmitted diseases is caused by our acupuncture treatment. Both Dr. Hu and Dr. Yin had very strict medical education and training before they practiced acupuncture. They have practiced acupuncture and medicine for more than 27 years and treated thousands of patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. They have never caused an acupuncture accident to their patients.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Much research has been done by scientists about how acupuncture works. The most widely accepted theory is of  energy, called ‘Qi’ in Chinese. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that there is an universal life energy ‘Qi’ in every living creature. This energy is circulating in regulated patterns throughout the body along specific pathways that are called ‘Meridians”. So far, 14 meridians have been identified throughout the  human body. These meridians conduct the flow of the vital energy ‘Qi’. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained. When this flow is disrupted or blocked, then pain and illness will occur, just like rivers that are blocked and cause flood. By inserting needles into the selected points in the meridians, the normal flow of the energy can be restored, and thus the health brought back to the body.

How Is The Treatment Carried Out?

In acupuncture, 1~36 very fine needles are inserted into the acupuncture points of body. The needles are left in places for 20~30 minutes, manipulated by hands or electrical stimulation during the course of treatment, producing a beneficial effect on other related parts of the body. The number of needles required and the length of time needles are left in body depends on the problem and is decided during the consultation with the acupuncturist.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

Some people may be afraid of needles and assume that acupuncture is painful. Actually, most patients do not feel any pain. The needles used for acupuncture are solid and extremely thin, much thinner than those used for injections or drawing blood. It is normal that  a patient sometimes feels heaviness, aching or tingling around the site of the needle insertion. In general, most patients describe acupuncture as very relaxing.

How many treatments do I need?

The total number of treatments required depends on the overall condition, and the symptoms. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required. For complex or prolonged conditions, more treatments may be recommended. In very few cases, several sessions may be required before improvement is noticed. For pain relief, most people will feel instant improvement right after the very first treatment. For weight loss or to quit smoking, relieve anxiety, three or four sessions are generally sufficient to see improvement. In cosmetic acupuncture, after a course of treatments, the fine lines in the face can be eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished, bags around eyes firmed and sagging reduced.

How long does each Acupuncture treatment take?

The first visit will include a full assessment where the patient is asked a number of questions about his or her health. A focused regional physical exam follows. Following this, the first treatment is performed. This process takes about one hour, and around 30 minutes for subsequent treatments.

Does MSP cover Acupuncture?

Yes if your family’s yearly income is less than $28,000. You are provided with a special form made by MSP after you recieve treatment from us and pay your treatment fee. The form is filled out and signed by you and mailed to the MSP office for a $23 reimbursement.

Does my  insurance plan cover Acupuncture?

The majority of Canadian workers have partial or full coverage for Acupuncture services in their workplace health care plans. The Acupuncture patient is provided with a detailed itemized receipt listing the services provided, the credentials of the treating Acupuncture Provider, as well as payment details for reimbursement.

Do I need a Doctor’s prescription for Acupuncture?

No, but if you can get your diagnosis and medication information from your doctor, it may be helpful for your treatment.

How can I  find a good Acupuncturist or Doctor of TCM?

Here are some important criteria to follow when you are making an initial attempt to choose an acupuncturist.

Qualifications: In the US, about 40 states have established training standards for acupuncture certification. There is no acupuncture regulation in most provinces in Canada (except in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec). If you reside in an area where acupuncture is regulated, you should make sure that the acupuncturist is licensed and registered with the regulatory body. Although proper credentials do not ensure the highest competency, they do indicate that the practitioner has met the  minimum standards to treat patients using acupuncture.

Education: If an acupuncturist or TCM doctor got his/her education in acupuncture or TCM from China, whether he or she has graduated from a 5-year TCM, acupuncture or medicine program in a university is very important. Only by finishing this 5 year program, can a graduate have ability to treat diseases in most clinical fields, including internal diseases, external diseases, women’s diseases, children’s diseases and so on. In north America, an acupuncturist or TCM doctor is required to complete 3-5 years of study in a full time program of acupuncture or TCM.

Clean Needle Technique: It is also very important to confirm that the acupuncturist practices Clean Needle Technique and uses disposable needles. This issue is particularly important in the regions where acupuncture is not regulated.

Experience: Ask the acupuncturist or TCM doctor the number of years of their clinical experience. It is impossible to develop mastery and fluency in acupuncture or TCM only by classroom training. There are many elements in acupuncture which can only be learned through years of clinical practice. Acupuncture and TCM are more closely related to practitioner’s clinical experience. Generally speaking, the longer a person practices as an acupuncturist or TCM doctor, the more experience the person has and the better the acupuncture or TCM treatment result will be. Who is the Best? The ‘best acupuncturist’ for one person may not be the best for another. Sometimes it is necessary to try out different acupuncturists or styles.

7 2019 Sep

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