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  • The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and TCM to effectively treat a wide variety of medical problems, including:

    Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous Systems Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports and orthepedic injuries, ‘frozen’ shoulder, chronic pain disorders, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness.

    Gynecological Disorders Irregular, heavy, or painful menstration, infertility, endomedriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, morning sickness, postpartum issues, menopausal symptoms.

    Gastrointestinal Disorders Peptic ulcer, gastritis, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, Crohn’s.

    Urogenital Disorders Stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, sexual dysfunction.

    Respiratory Disorders Asthma, allergies, cold symptoms, bronchitis, sinusitis.

    Circulatory Disorders Hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia.

    Emotional and Psychological Disorders Depression and anxiety.

    Addictions Alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.

    Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

    Supportive Therapy Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, MS, and other debilitating disorders.

    ACUPUNCTURE and Traditional Chinese Medicine Dr. Tricia Tiesmaki, DTCM

    Tricia Tiesmaki DTCM, R.Ac., B.Ed Tricia Tiesmaki is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) and a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.). She is a graduate of the four year DTCM program at The Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which included a three month internship at the Mianyang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sichuan, China.

    Dr. Tiesmaki has special interests in preventative health management, pain management, muscle disorders and neuropathies, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her goal is to continue to hone her skills as a TCM practitioner, but also to grow as a wellness leader, guiding and teaching others to live healthy, joyful lives.

    CHiROPRACTiCAl 161-10233 Elbow Dr. SW Calgary, AB T2W 1E8 Phone: 403.258.4422 www.chiropractical.ca

    Information in this brochure was provided by: www.acupuncturemediaworks.com

  • ACUPUNCTURE AND TCM Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice that has been proven to successfully treat many conditions. The premise of this health care system is to activate the natural, self-healing abilities of the body.

    TCM TREATMENT OPTiONS

    Acupunture - Tiny, disposable, sterile needles placed gently into specific acupuncture points.

    • Relieves pain and muscle tension by promoting healing, reducing inflammation and blood stagnation

    • Heals tendons and ligaments • Promotes circulation of blood and body fluids • Reduces stress, anxiety, and improves emotional

    well-being • Improves sleep • Reduces menopausal symptoms • Maintains general health by keeping your bodily

    systems in balance

    Electro-Acupuncture - Acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe, gentle electrical current. This aids in quickening the healing process for injured muscles and tendons.

    Cupping - Using glass, plastic, or silicone cups to create a vacuum in order to increase warmth and circulation.

    • Improves circulation, thus provides an improved supply of nutrition to the tissues

    • Withdraws stagnant blood from skin and tissues • Removes toxins from the body and strengthens

    resistance to external conditions • Relieves muscle tension • Promotes relaxation • Reduces edema • Decreases congestion in the chest or the sinuses

    for those who have cold or allergy symptoms.

    Moxibustion - The dried leaf of mugwort is used in different ways as a warming therapy during treatment. Infrared electric moxa and a specialized infrared lamp are other warming therapies that are also available.

    Ear Seeds - Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using tiny vacaria seeds. The seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for three to five days.

    Herbs - Chinese herbal medicine draws from a pharmacopeia of hundreds of herbs for specific conditions. Combinations of herbs correct imbalances in the body.

    liniment and Essential Oils - These products enhance the treatments whether it is for relieving muscle pain, or for relaxation and attaining a sense of well-being.

    Nutritional Advice - Specific foods to eat or avoid in order to help strengthen and balance the body.

    * For the purpose of insurance coverage, all of these treatments fall under the general label of acupuncture.

    FREqUENTly ASkED qUESTiONS How safe is acupuncture? Acupuncture is extremely safe. Each acupuncture needle is sterile and used once, then discarded. Doctors of TCM are trained extensively in anatomy, physiology and safe needling techniques.

    Do the needles hurt? The sensation varies from person to person. Some people feel a little ache or pinch as the needle is inserted. You may also feel a vague, distending ache, heaviness, or tingling, but it goes away. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy or warmth spreading or moving to different parts of the body. This is called the “Qi sensation”. While you are resting you do not feel the needles, and you may get a sense of deep relaxation and well-being.

    How deep do they go? This varies according to the anatomy. Depths depend on the “fleshiness” of an area and the where nerves, glands and blood vessels lie. Needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 2”.

    How many needles will be used? The number of needles will vary depending on your chief complaint and your constitution. Ten to twelve points are the average number selected.

    Why do they want to feel my pulse? There are three pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ.

    Why do they want to look at my tongue? The tongue reflects the general health of organs, Qi, and body fluids. Your acupuncturist will look at the colour, shape, and coating on your tongue.

    Why did my acupuncturist recommend herbs? Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They can support, strengthen, or clear any excess problem like a cold, fever, or acute pain inbetween acupuncture treatments.

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