Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that has been used for over 5000 years. It uses very fine needles in specific locations to stimulate the flow of Qi.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi is akin to a ‘life energy’ that flows through specific channels or meridians. If there is a blockage or stagnation in the flow of Qi, it can result in symptoms such as pain.
Recent research has shown that insertion of acupuncture needles in specific
locations can increase blood flow to the area, promote healing, and decrease the firing of local pain receptors.
Acupuncture is a very diverse treatment tool, and can be extremely helpful in a wide variety of conditions, including:
(back, knee, neck, etc)
(sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, etc)
(IBS, gas, bloating, etc)
Stress and anxiety
Acupuncture is a safe and effective tool that can be used in conjunction with other treatments or medications, without having interactions.
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate our body’s system, and has become an increasingly popular treatment modality for pregnancy-related conditions. Acupuncture can support pregnant woman during each trimester and it associated symptoms.
Since some acupuncture points or combination of points should not be used during pregnancy, it is important to choose a practitioner experienced in prenatal acupuncture. Regular balancing treatments throughout pregnancy can enhance the mother’s and baby’s health.
- Sets the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture can alleviate fatigue, morning sickness, and vomiting,
- Acupuncture helps to alleviate elevated blood pressure, heartburn, and stress. It helps to control pain and calm the mind.
- Acupuncture prepares the body for labour and delivery. It can re-position a breech baby.
If a woman is past her due date, acupuncture can be used to induce labour. This type of induction is gentler than the labour-inducing treatments and medications of traditional Western medicine.
Dr Jeni Lim – Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture
Facial Acupuncture is a relaxing and therapeutic anti-aging technique. Acupuncture needles are inserted under the surface of the skin into facial acupuncture points, fine lines and wrinkles.
This procedure helps to build collagen and increase circulation, thereby creating younger healthier looking skin. It can also reduce wrinkles and enhance natural beauty and general health. Correlating body acupuncture points will also be treated according to TCM diagnostic principles to enhance the overall treatment.
The effects of facial acupuncture may be seen as early as the first treatment and become more noticeable and lasting after a few treatments. It should be noted that each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and the lifestyle prior to the treatment. Following the initial course of treatment maintenance sessions are recommended to prolong the results.
Auriculotherapy also known as modern ear acupuncture is a comprehensive system of diagnosis and treatment for a vast number of medical conditions including addictions such as drug, alcohol or smoking, depression and other emotional issues and chronic pain of many different origins to name a very few.
Although ear acupuncture originated in China, centuries ago, it was in the early 1950’s, in Europe that new insight led to new discoveries and a much more sophisticated system of diagnosing and delivering treatment via the external ear. It was a French physician, Dr. Nogier who realized that there was a correspondence between areas on the auricle or projected part of the external ear and specific body systems. More notably, Dr. Nogier recognized that the external ear represented an inverted fetus whose anatomical points related to specific counterparts of the body.
If there is a disturbance or problem involving a given area of the body, the corresponding ear point will be “reactive” thereby manifesting increased tenderness and electrical conductivity as compared to adjacent areas of the ear. Very crucial to accurate diagnosis is noticing the change of radial pulse when different points on the external ear are tested. Properly trained in auricular therapy a practitioner can pinpoint accurately dysfunction and pathology in most of the body’s systems.
The nerves in the skin of the ear correspond to specific parts of the brain, which in turn have connection to specific parts of the body. Stimulation of the reactive ear points via acupuncture needles can balance many forms of stress, dysfunction or pain in the body. It is an effective, quick and painless form of treatment.
This system of health care has been used effectively for thousands of years in Asia, and is practiced in accordance with the highest standards. Acupuncture works on the electrical system of the body, and by regulating energy meridians, can prevent and cure many conditions.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective treatment for natural healing of a wide array of disorders without the toxic effects of many modern medications. The main objective of acupuncture treatment is to relieve pain and other symptoms, strengthen the immune system and balance, harmonize and integrate functions of the organs with each other, making for a unified, healthy person.
Disposable, sterile acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger in diameter than a human hair or a piece of thread. When the needle makes contact with the Qi (energy) most patients experience a slight tingling sensation. Depending on the patient’s condition a treatment can last between 30 to 90 minutes.
Cupping therapy is an ancient technique that involves placing sterile glass cups with suction along certain points on the body. Heat is used to produce the suction effect, which increases blood flow to the area.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, pain is a result of stagnation. Cupping therapy helps remove stagnation by promoting blood flow. Cupping may also reduce inflammation and enhance immune function.
Cupping therapy is popular amongst athletes, such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, as well as celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Cupping Therapy Indications
Neck or back pain
Headache and migraine
Muscle tension or sore muscles following training
Cupping therapy is safe and effective, however it can leave marks where the cups were placed that dissipate in the following days.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs
Dr. Jeni Lim utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formulas to support healing for a variety of conditions. These formulas can be used either on their own or in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effect.
Each substance in TCM herbology has a well-defined set of attributes, such as taste, action, direction, meridians it influences and more. Ingredients are carefully selected and combined to address a patient’s distinct pattern of disharmony. TCM formulas can be as simple as one herb, or can be a complex combination of up to twenty substances.
Classical Pearls are unique Chinese herbal formulations designed for the treatment of chronic diseases in modern-day practice. Directly sourced from farmers and wild-crafters in traditional growing locations, grown and processed using traditional techniques, and thoroughly tested for purity.