There are many dynamic and effective ways to treat acute and chronic pain and other illnesses with acupuncture..
Since the Cultural Revolution, acupuncture has been taught based on Chinese Medicine Theory which is more suited to the prescription of herbal medicine. However, for acupuncture, it is highly effective to treat pain and illness according to meridian pathways (these are channels of energy / Qi and blood) that flow through the body and organs. In the past ten years, practitioners world-wide are learning amazing methods as shown below that are time-honoured but not taught in the TCM acupuncture universities and colleges. Disease invariably lead to pain and pain is usually the last symptom to arise and first to dissipate however, the root cause needs to be addressed to ensure proper healing.
Acupuncture 1 2 3 / balance method
This is method based on Classical Chinese Medicine taught to many practitioners by the late Dr. Richard Tan and uses channel (meridians) theory to alleviate pain. Instead of needling the area of pain, it stimulates the qi of healthy channels to unblock afflicted channels causing pain. This method when applied correctly has a good success rate. Treatments are given once or twice a week depending on severity of pain with each session lasting at least 35 to 45 minutes. Most people experience immediate relief with significant reduction by the 5th week. Results will vary depending on the level of repetitive strain and physical injury.
Master Tung (1916-1975) is considered the most revolutionary acupuncturist in modern times. His lineage dates back to the Han dynasty and his technique is very simple and highly effective. Tung points are located mostly on the arms, hands, legs and feet and stimulate the brain and the nervous system into healing the body. For example, neck pain can be treated by needling the joints around the thumb and index finger on the opposite side of the neck pain and the same time points in the thighs can alleviate stress causing neck pain. This type of acupuncture is truly dynamic
Tung Bloodletting (pricking) technique
Master Tung used a form of bloodletting (blood pricking) whereby he would prick certain points or areas with dark blue spider veins and broken capillaries releasing a few droplets of blood to alleviate stagnation. This technique is very effective in clearing stagnation causing chronic pain rendering the subsequent acupuncture treatments even more effective.
motor point acupuncture (MPA)
MPA is a type of acupuncture known as IMS (intramuscular stimulation) and targets the most excitable area of a short contracted muscle to encourage its release. It is great at treating chronic tight muscles and stagnant sports injuries.
Scalp Acupuncture (SA)
Scalp Acupuncture (aka Neuro-acupuncture,) is a treatment based on knowledge of traditional acupuncture and neurology. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the loose areolar tissue layer of the scalp to stimulate the brain neurons of the underlying area. Since the skull protects the brain and there are no organs in the scalp to injure it is a very safe treatment. SA works by stimulating the brain cells that are related to the impaired functions.
By combining these different methods based on patient's needs, the treatment received can in many cases instantly relieve pain. If you have any questions or want to learn more about any of the above, please call me.