Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine has been regulated in the province of Ontario Since April 2013. Though other practitioners can use acupuncture as part of their scope of practice for muscular skeletal pain, Acupuncture will not be covered under their personal insurance plans unless they are registered with the CTCMPAO. The provincial healthcare plan, OHIP, has yet to cover the cost for treatments.
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine – As acupuncture is regulated, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner is insured and registered with the college to provide a TCM diagnosis, insert a needle bellow the skin surface, and provide herbal medicines based on the TCM diagnosis & treatment plan. A Registered Acupuncturist, R.Ac cannot prescribe herbal medicine generally provided along with acupuncture treatments. that falls under the scope of an R.TCMP.
Moxibustion & Acupuncture are the Yin & Yang aspects that help support & strengthen a persons root while treating the symptoms of ‘branch’ conditions. Where one nourishes blood, the other moves Qi, thereby creating a harmonized environment. Due to the smokey nature of moxa-treatment, it is not as commonly used clinically. However, I am committed to the use of Moxa where it is needed. It is by far one of the greatest gifts offered in this complete system of medicine.
Cupping draws the skin and muscle mass away from the body, which draws things out, and improves circulation by making space between the tissues.
Cupping is the only form of treatment that offers a negative pressure. It allows the tissues to open up, increases circulation, and provides an overall lifting effect. Cupping is especially good at treating that stubborn knot that many of us get around the shoulder blade.
What does it treat?
Cupping therapy can treat a whole range of health ailments:
* digestive disorders * muscle aches and pain * tight tendons and ligaments * oedema * frozen joints * help with weight loss * aids to facial rejuvenation protocols * that just names a few
Gua sha is a press stroking method that helps alleviate inflammation by relieving painful symptoms. Patients can experience immediate relief. Depending on the condition, there can be visual results to the treatment.
This method is both therapeutic and diagnostic. For stubborn pain conditions in the upper back and shoulders, headaches, asthma, fevers, and more. This is the most unfamiliar modality in Chinese Medicine in the west and one of the most effective for many acute and chronic pain conditions.
Chinese Herbal Medicines have thousands of medicinals that range from leaves to roots and flowers. These herbs are traditionally used by boiling a combination of various herbs and drinking the tea for effect.
This method of treatment is as useful today as it was thousands of years ago. For the convenience of my patients, I also use granules that can be taken with water, as well as pills or capsules. I offer herbal formulas that use the best available quality of herbs.,
Herbal Medicines are used to treat the common cold or flu, menstrual irregularities, digestive disorders, skin conditions, chronic pain and so much more. Herbal medicine is a great longer terms care solution.
Chinese Medicine helps us understand the patterns of the environment around us, and its effect on our internal conditions.
It helps us see our internal conditions reflected in outward abilities, and experience of balance or dis-ease. Using the scope of Traditional Chinese/East Asian medicine, we can look at the effects of our food, our movements or lack there of, our internal landscapes, emotional patterns, and social conditioning. Each of these can have major impacts on our health. Learning our natures and patterns can help us shift our life, and strengthen our choices toward a path of less struggle and pain, both physically and emotionally.