Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

AlthoughChinese medicineis best known in the west for effective pain relief, it is truly efficient at alleviating or minimizing numerous health concerns. TCM takes a different angle when looking at a person and their signs and symptoms.  The focus is always on bringing the body/mind, yin/yang, Qi/blood/body fluids and the meridians back into balance. Even in complex cases, balances can be systematically identified and corrected.

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History of TCM 
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a written history of nearly 3000 years, and there are indicators that it has been practiced long before that. In the beginning the instruments used for acupuncture were made of stones  known as Bian stone. Over time, as technology advanced, iron needles replaced stone, and then they were replaced by metal medical needles. This broadened the field of acupuncture and its many applications. Documents outlining the meridians and collaterals (channels where Qi (chee) travels) were discovered that date back to the 3rd Century B.C.
Huangdi's Internal Classic, written between 770-221 BC, layed out the theorectical foundation of TCM. It included the theories of yin-yang, five elements, zang-fu, meridians and collaterals, mentality and spirit, qi and blood, body fluids, five emotions and six exogenous pathogens. It explained human physiology, pathology, diagnostic principles, as well as prevention and treatment of disease with acupuncture and moxibustion (a herbal warming technique). This book continues to be studied by practitioners today and is still applicable to modern day treatment of diseases.
The Classic of the Materia Medica (Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing), holds the historical tradition of Chinese herbal knowledge. It is the first book to focus on descriptions of individual herbs and is accredited for laying out the foundation for chinese pharmacology.
Numerous books followed that contained more indepth therapeutic principles, case studies, applications, and over the last century, scientific research of TCM's efficacy. Over the centuries TCM has been refined through this stringent documentation of the actions and indications of both acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. It is not until the 70's that TCM began its journey into North America. The west learned of Chinese medicine through a American reporter who experienced acupucnture for pain relief after an surgical procedure for acute appendicitis completed during his stay in China. In 1980, the World Health Organization released a list of 43 types of pathologies, which can be effectively treated with acupuncture. Now, it recognizes that TCM can treat more than 100 diseases.


 Have confidence in the training behind your Acupuncturist!
Today, as Acupuncture continues to become popular, more medical practitioners (medical doctors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, etc.) are studying acupuncture and using it in their practices. Unfortunately, the amount of training in both theory and practice can vary. Often only a few acupoints are learned, and knowledge of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment protocols can be quite limited.
A Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist, who is registered, has 3 years of in-depth training in TCM medical theory and diagnosis, acupuncture point location and needling techniques, and will be able to offer you an effective treatment for acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe procedure when performed by a TCM trained acupuncturist.  Find out what level of training your acupuncturist has.
MD or Physiotherapist
MD or Physiotherapist, etc.
Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute - Level 1
MD or Physiotherapist, etc.
Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute - Level 2
MD or Physiotherapist, etc.
Medical Acupuncture, University of Alberta
Naturopathic Physicians
College of Naturopathic Physicians
Traditional Chinese Medicine
CTCMA (Ministry of Health)

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
          Thomas Edison