The various techniques used in Traditional Chinese Medicine can address a wide range of illnesses. Some of these illnesses are (but definitely not limited to!):
Plus many more. Contact us if your condition is not mentioned.
Acupuncture has been shown to be particularly effective in relieving chronic pain - caused by such ailments as arthritis, sinusitis, headache, repetitive strain injuries, PMS, back and neck pain - and has aided postoperative pain as well. There have been extensive studies conducted on acupuncture, especially for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. Results from a number of studies suggest acupuncture may help ease chronic pain such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. The British National Health found evidence that acupuncture is effective to treat dental pain and jaw pain. Acupuncture is also effective for the alleviation of sciatica. It is also extremely effective in treating acute muscle sprains and injuries. In addition it can be used to treat addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs.
Chinese herbal medicines are often used to treat acute ailments such as influenza, the common cold, tonsillitis, and gastro bugs, and are also recommended for chronic conditions such as ongoing stress and anxiety, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome just to name a few.
A 1998 study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" showed that Chinese herbal medicine helped improve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. A group of 116 patients were divided into groups: One group was given an individualized Chinese herbal treatment; one group was given a standard Chinese herbal formulation; and the third group was given a placebo, or dummy pill. The two groups who received the herbs experienced significant improvement in their symptoms (the individualized group maintained the improvement longer), as compared to the placebo group.
Clinical research has found acupuncture to be effective for all forms of nausea whether due to pregnancy, travel sickness, postoperative nausea or chemotherapy-induced nausea in cancer patients. Studies show that acupuncture is also useful for the management of patients with migraine or neuropathies that commonly result during and after chemotherapy.
Several studies have been done about the effects of acupuncture on anxiety and suggest that acupuncture is helpful in treating general anxiety. A 2015 study found that acupuncture improved symptoms in people with anxiety that didn’t respond to other treatments, including psychotherapy and medication. Participants received 10 x 30-minute sessions of acupuncture over the course of three months and experienced a significant reduction in their anxiety which lasted several weeks after treatment ended.
Preliminary research suggests acupuncture could help relieve psoriasis symptoms by reducing stress, anxiety, and joint pain related to psoriatic arthritis.
Acupuncture can also benefit general health and wellbeing through enhanced mental clarity, increased energy and improved sleep. Contact us to make an appointment.
What to Expect
A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) examination is thorough, yet non-invasive. Your TCM practitioner will take a careful medical history, noting your family history with illness and your own body's reaction to stress and its tendencies toward illness symptoms. They will observe the color and form of your tongue--its shape, color, and coating (so please don't scrape your tongue before your appointment!) This provides important information on the way your circulation and metabolism is affecting your internal organs.
Your pulse will be felt at different points on each wrist, which allows the practitioner to understand what is happening inside different parts of your body. Considered together, this information gives the pracitioner a sense of your body's current functioning and allows a more thorough understanding of the proper treatment protocols and what will be best for you.
Your Red Dragon Alternative Medicine practitioner will then discuss these findings with you and may prescribe a course of herbal medicine, acupuncture, change in diet, qigong, or usually a combination of these. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine metal needles to stimulate certain points on the body. Once the needles are inserted they will be left in place while you relax and then removed at the end of the session.
Duration and frequency of treatment depends on the complaint and the person's ability to change. Acute problems may require one to three visits over two weeks, whereas a course of acupuncture for a chronic problem may require 12 treatments, these are one a week for four weeks and then depending on the pain or issue over a three month period, to see positive results.
Herbal tonics for restoring healthy internal organ function may require weeks of use, whereas herbs for colds and flu can show good results in hours. Generally we say that each year you have had the problem will require a month of herbal treatment. For example, constipated for 12 months may take a month to rectify.
Each treatment is tailored to your own symptoms and individual body's functioning. Because it is a gentle, non-invasive therapy acupuncture may take several sessions to be effective depending on the condition being treated, and every body responds differently.
For more information about acupuncture see our frequently asked questions page.