Traditional Chinese medicine (tcm)
Why Choose Traditional Chinese Medicine?
TCM views the body holistically. When one component of the body is affected by disease. The entire body needs to be treated. With a 5000 year history of success. TCM uses natural herbs and non-invasive methods to effectively treat disease and other maladies with minimal side-effects. At Alex Massage & TCM Wellness Clinic, our holistic approach is cure-oriented, focused on bringing the body back into harmony, unlike western medicine, which emphasizes symptom suppression. The World Health Organization recognizes that TCM and Acupuncture, in combination with Chinese herbs and nutrition is meant to restore the health of the patient by balancing Yin and Yang of the body. Treatment is catered to the specific pattern of disharmony and takes into consideration all aspects of the patient's health.
TCM can be used to prevent illness and disease. It promotes well-being and increases the body's ability to resist disease.
What is acupuncture?
Based on the principles of oriental medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating and promoting the body’s inherent healing abilities. Acupuncture is effective in treating many common ailments.
Modern science is beginning to verify what acupuncturists have known for thousand of years, that acupuncture regulates the nervous system, the hormonal (endocrine) system as well as boosting the immune system and bringing them back into balance. Increasingly, acupuncture is recognized as a complementary therapy to augment Western medical practices.
Hair thin needles are used on different parts of the body to reestablish the flow of energy, relieve emotional and physical stagnation, and stimulate the immune and endocrine systems.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture rarely hurts. You might feel a momentary prick when the needle goes in, which soon turns into a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. This can only occur if the treatment is comfortable and gentle.
Is acupuncture safe?
As long as it is performed by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded after one use.
What conditions are treated with acupuncture?
The World Health Organization lists more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate therapy:
Digestive Conditions: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, hyperacidity and indigestion
Emotional Conditions: anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness and neurosis
Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat Conditions: cataracts, gingivitis, poor vision, tinnitus and toothache
Gynecological Conditions: infertility, menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome
Musculoskeletal Conditions: arthritis, back pain, muscle cramping, muscle pain/weakness, neck pain, sciatica
Neurological Conditions: headaches, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinsonís disease, postoperative pain and stroke
Respiratory Conditions: asthma, bronchitis, common cold, sinusitis, smoking cessation and tonsilitis
Miscellaneous Conditions: addiction control, athletic performance, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue, immune system tonification and stress reduction
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a recognized health care treatment covered by most extended plans. You can get it added if not.
Please check with your insurance provider before your appointment to see if the treatment is covered.
How many treatments will I need?
This is unique to the individual. For most chronic conditions, 5-7 once-weekly treatments tend to offer the best outcome. Some people notice an immediate improvement in their health, while for others acupuncture tends to have a cumulative effect over several visits.
I have had acupuncture before but it was from my Physiotherapist/Chiropractor. What’s the difference?
In recent years, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors have helped bring acupuncture to the masses. The difference from having acupuncture from a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor versus a Registered Acupuncturist is their level of education in the particular field of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Most Physiotherapists and Chiropractors have received a few weekend courses on acupuncture and there is no licensing exam. All Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP) have taken, at minimum, a 4 year program as well as successfully completed the Canadian licensing exam.
I don’t really have anything ‘wrong’ with me, can I still benefit from acupuncture?
Yes. There is difference between optimal health and just being free from disease. Chinese Medicine helps bring the body into balance allowing you to function at your optimal state. Boosting immune during cold and flu season, improving quality of sleep and helping relieve stress are just a few of the many benefits that come with acupuncture.
Western Medicine can’t find anything wrong with me but I still have symptoms. Can acupuncture help?
Sometimes people can have symptoms that are at the “sub-clinical” level – meaning they are very real to the patient but do not yet show up on Western lab tests like blood work or ultrasounds. This is no problem for Chinese Medicine, since one’s subjective experience of the problem is a very important diagnostic tool. After all, Western lab tests didn’t exist thousands of years ago when Chinese Medicine was first practiced.
What does a typical acupuncture treatment consist of?
Your first treatment will take approximately 80 minutes and will begin with a detailed health assessment of up to 20 minutes. Alex (R.Ac, R.TCMP) will inquire about your medical history and formulate a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. After your assessment, you will receive your first treatment.
Follow-up visits will consist of a short assessment and an acupuncture treatment. Your Registered Acupuncturist will stimulate specific points on your body by inserting very thin, sterile needles into the skin at various depths to promote and restore the body’s balance of energy. This can take up to 5 minutes. After the needles are inserted, they will stay in place for 15 to 30 minutes.*
65A Dundas Street East
Belleville, ON, K8N 1B9
(The entrance to the clinic is on Church Street, the unit on the side)