How Does Acupuncture Work? | Calgary Acupuncture

Hello Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts!

I was thinking the other day on the nature of acupuncture and how it affects the body to allow healing to occur naturally. Every time I ponder this question I arrive at better and better ways of explaining it, though I still feel like my understanding is imperfect and incomplete. I don’t think that a 100% understanding of how the body works and heals is achievable, for we are learning something new every day. Today I will share my current thoughts on the mechanism of healing via acupuncture. This is not to be confused with what current scientific research is undertaking in their continued work on WHAT does acupuncture do to the body. The what is a much easier thing to observe and measure and I will examine this in other posts.

First, I’ll give a brief background of anatomy/physiology from the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective:

Our bodies contain, what we call in TCM, Meridians, and what a relatively newer branch of anatomical research in Western Medicine knows as Fascia. These Meridians are Continue reading

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Acupuncture for Trigeminal Nerve Pain

Hello Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts!

Today we are talking about acupuncture for the treatment of trigeminal neraulgia.Trigeminal neuralgia is a severe facial pain disorder following the distribution of cranial nerve V. The pain is often one sided, stabbing, spasming, and excruciating in intensity. The condition is made worse by such things as talking, chewing, cold or hot drinks, touch, cold air, and even brushing your teeth.

calgary acupunctureDid you know that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment for many types of nerve pain, including trigeminal nerve pain? For many people who experience chronic nerve pain, the prognosis given by their medical doctors is poor and only a small number of medications are effective in relieving that pain. Also, these medications have a number of serious side effects that most people would rather avoid. The good news is, acupuncture is effective in relieving many different types of nerve pain and, depending on the case, can offer long lasting and sometimes permanent relief. At worst acupuncture will have no effect and very rarely could cause a temporary increase in pain. Another benefit of acupuncture for nerve pain is that it can improve some of the side effects from the medications the patient may be on already.

A recent investigation finds acupuncture effective in eliminating trigeminal neuralgia symptoms with both a high cure rate and total effective rate. Researchers conducted a controlled experiment comparing the efficaciousness of carbamazepine with acupuncture. Carbamazepine is an FDA approved anticonvulsant drug used for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and is also used for controlling seizures in epileptic patients and mania in bipolar patients. A total of 22 out of 40 patients in the carbamazepine group fully recovered. A total of 30 out of 40 patients fully recovered in the acupuncture group. This yields a 55% cure rate for carbamazepine and 70% for acupuncture.

Based on their findings, the researchers suggest implementing a treatment protocol for patients with trigeminal neuralgia wherein both pharmaceutical medications and acupuncture are used together as complementary therapies. They suggest that this may produce even greater results than using either modality as a standalone therapy. Continuing research is needed to determine if an additive or synergistic effect can be achieved by combining drugs with TCM procedures for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. In a meta-analysis, another group of researchers had found that in one quarter of the studies they examined acupuncture had a superior effect over carbamazepine, and in the other three quarters it had an equal effect as carbamazepine. Other studies also show predominantly successful treatment outcomes for patients receiving acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia.

Do you suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia and are looking for relief and possibly a long-term solution to your chronic pain? Book your acupuncture appointment in Calgary today.

References:

Chen Kepeng, Tian Long, Clinical discussion on treating primary trigeminal neuralgia, Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2015 (13).

Xia Caiqiu, Xun Xuelian, Liu Shuang, Wang Chunbo, Liu Mingliang, , Discussion on primary trigeminal neuralgia treatments, Chinese Journal of Modern Drug Application, 2010 (4).

Hüseyin Sert, Burhanettin Usta, Bünyamin Muslu, and Muhammet Gözdemir, Successful Treatment of a Resistance Trigeminal Neuralgia Patient By Acupuncture. Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2009 Dec; 64(12): 1225–1226.

Liu H1, Li H, Xu M, Chung KF, Zhang SP. A systematic review on acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia. Altern Ther Health Med. 2010 Nov-Dec;16(6):30-5.

Beppu S1, Sato Y, Amemiya Y, Tode I. Practical application of meridian acupuncture treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. Anesth Pain Control Dent. 1992 Spring;1(2):103-8.

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Acupuncture for Depression

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According to Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) on Mental Health, 5.4% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder in the previous 12 months and an estimated 1 in 4 Canadians has a degree of depression serious enough to need treatment at some time in his or her life.

Sadness and grief are normal reactions to the ups and downs of life. Often time heals, and our mood improves, however depressive illnesses are different. There is a change in the person – perhaps a loss of interest in regular activities, food or sex, waking early in the morning, or not wanting to get out of bed at all. Without treatment the symptoms can Continue reading

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Acupuncture for Headaches | Acupuncture in Calgary

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Headaches are one of the most common complaints I see in my Calgary Acupuncture calgary acupuncture clinicClinic (Airdrie too). Due to the local weather patterns we experience in our lovely city, many people’s bodies have a hard time adjusting to the drastic change in pressure and temperature. Headaches are a sign of imbalance in your body, when your body is healthy and in balance it is easily able to handle many changes that can happen around you. However, if your body is out of balance, it will not be able to handle theses changes and stresses without exhibiting symptoms.

With the use of ultra-fine acupuncture needles your Calgary Acupuncturists, Dr. Christianne Parrott and Michelle Beaubier, can give immediate relief for Continue reading

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Acupuncture for Insomnia | Calgary Acupuncture

Hello Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts,

Insomnia and poor quality sleep are common problems for many of my Calgary Acupuncture patients (Airdrie too). Regularly getting a good night’s sleep is for some a luxury they’ve not experienced in a long time and has a negative impact on almost all aspects of daily life and overall health.

Benefits of Better Sleep:

  • Improved mood
  • Lower cortisol levels (stress hormone)
  • It’s easier to maintain or lose weight
  • Improved mental function (like memory)
  • Lower inflammation in the body
  • And more.

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Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

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Menopause Treatment | How to treat hot flashes | menopause tipsHot flashes, or what my mom likes to call her private Hawaiian moments, are a common problem for many of the patients I see in my Calgary Acupuncture Clinic (Airdrie too). Hot flashes are one of the most aggravating symptoms of an imbalance during menopause, they interrupt sleep, disrupt daily activities and can be anywhere from a mild nuisance to an overwhelming, inescapable personal hell.

The good news is, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are safe and effective in the treatment of hot flashes due to menopause. With the use of ultra-fine acupuncture needles your Calgary Acupuncturists Michelle Beaubier and Dr. Christianne Parrott can bring relief from the heat.

Though it is not an overnight fix, over the course of several visits your symptoms will begin to ease and eventually go away or remain mild.

The best thing about using acupuncture to treat hot flashes is that there are no negative side effects (other than a mild bruise here or there from the needles) and no increased risk of cancer from the treatment. There are other beneficial “side effects” from using acupuncture for hot flashes, some of which are: improved sleep, improved mood, lower stress and anxiety and more energy. All good things in my opinion.

Acupuncture not only relieves the severity of your hot flashes but also lowers the frequency, duration and reduces sweating. It’s important to remember that though menopause is a normal change in a woman’s life, severe symptoms, such as hot flashes, are not.

Other Benefits of Acupuncture:

  • stops muscle spasms
  • increases blood flow
  • regulates the nervous system
  • improves sleep
  • calms the mind
  • reduces inflammation

and more!

If you have hot flashes, book your acupuncture appointment in Calgary today.

 

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Happy Year of the Rooster!

Dear Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts,

Greetings and Happy Year of the Rooster to you!

First I’d love to say thank you to everyone who has been so supportive with the recent move to our new clinic the Apple Blossom Wellness Center, it is the beginning of dreams come true. If I haven’t seen you in a while I would love to hear how you are doing, always hoping to find you well.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check us out at the new location we offer Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy, and Ozone Therapy. If you want more information on any of our services, you can check them out at our website www.AppleBlossomWellness.com.

I’m also excited to announce a new member to our team! Michelle Beaubier is a registered acupuncturist with the CAAA and her main focus is on Systemic Constitutional Wellness. She graduated in 2010 from the acupuncture program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and has been expanding her skills ever since. She has three beautiful children with her husband and lives in Calgary.

For some fun information on your Chinese New Year horoscope you can check out this website. Overall, I believe the Rooster is a reminder to focus on putting our best foot forward to achieve our goals.

Yours Sincerely,

 

Dr. Christianne Parrott

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Acupuncture for Tendonitis | Calgary Acupuncture Clinic

Hello Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts!

In my Calgary Acupuncture practice I see a lot of people suffering from the, often debilitating, overuse injury that is tendonitis. Once tendonitis sets in, it can become quite a stubborn injury that often takes a number of weeks of treatment to resolve. Left untreated it can worsen to the point where the use of the affected limb becomes too painful and my patients are missing work and/or taking so many anti-inflammatories that they begin to create side effects or simply become ineffective on top of the tendonitis not improving.

The absolute best treatment for tendonitis is prevention! Seek treatment before the tendons become inflamed.

But how do you know if you’re on your way to developing tendonitis you ask? The most acupuncture in calgarycommon early symptom is persistent muscle soreness or weakness especially related to a particular action (such as lifting a jug of milk). You know you need to get in quick when the weight needed to feel that ache or pain is minimal (such as drinking your morning coffee).

Acupuncture is an effective therapy for tendonitis, not only because it reduces inflammation and speeds the healing of your tendon, but it also works to resolve the muscle tension and if present poor circulation that created the tendonitis in the first place.

On top of acupuncture for the treatment of tendonitis I recommend that my patients rest that muscle(s) involved as much as possible in the first half of their treatment course while doing a regular stretching regime and in the second half add in some strengthening exercises.

Do you have tennis or golfers elbow? Book your Calgary Acupuncture Appointment today!

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Acupuncture for Neck Pain | Calgary Acupuncture

Hello Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts!

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints I see in my Calgary Acupuncture Clinic (Airdrie too) and neck pain is … well you know, a real pain in the neck!

With the use of ultra-fine acupuncture calgary acupuncture for neck painneedles your Calgary Acupuncturist Dr. Christianne Parrott can give immediate relief for all sorts of neck pain: from a crick in the neck that you wake up with, to muscle tension from sitting at a computer all day, whiplash, arthritic changes of the spine and even herniated discs of the neck causing nerve pain down the arm.

For all of these problems I use acupuncture and sometimes a combination of acupuncture and massage to bring about immediate relief, and with repetition for a number of treatments, the long-term treatment of more chronic or severe neck conditions (like whiplash, arthritis and herniated discs).

Acupuncture not only relieves the pain from neck problems but also addresses the causes of that pain to prevent problems from arising in the future.

Acupuncture:

  • stops muscle spasms
  • increases blood flow
  • regulates the nervous system
  • calms the mind
  • reduces inflammation

and more!

If you have a pain in the neck, book your acupuncture appointment in Calgary today.

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Treating Sacroiliac Joint Pain with Acupuncture

A fun short story for a sunny Tuesday 🙂

Today, a friend of a colleague came into our new Calgary Acupuncture and Wellness Center, helping her to move some furniture in her new treatment room. As we were talking I noticed her rubbing her low back and stretching, clearly trying to relieve some discomfort in her low back.

acupuncture for sacroiliac joint painI asked her if she minded getting a little bit of relief, and she said “Great!”. After a couple simple questions we determined that her pain, although over the sacroiliac joint area, was not from the joint itself but the small paraspinal muslces of the low lumbar region. I applied about thirty seconds of acupressure on an area of her hand and “like magic” her pain was gone.

Here was yet another fun demonstration of the immense power of acupuncture and TCM!

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