Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Acupuncture has been treating patients for universal health conditions for over 3,000 yrs. Treatment protocols include Musculoskeletal & Neurological conditions, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Pain Relief, Sports Performance, Stroke Rehabilitation, Shingles, Chemotherapy & Radiation side effects ….

Rheumatology

Osteoarthritis is the chronic inflammation and degeneration due to ‘wear & tear’ of the articular cartilage. It is usually in the weight bearing joints, also in the joints of the hands & fingers.

A recent German study concluded that those treated with routine medical care + acupuncture had less pain and stiffness, improved function, and better quality of life than those treated without acupuncture.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation and or swelling of the lining of joints. It’s thought to develop from a combination of genetics, health issues & environment. As the condition progresses, the body’s immune system

Clinical trials have shown that Acupuncture & Electro-acupuncture targets the pain & inflammation where it occurs. Evidence from clinical trials showed a marked decrease in persistent pain levels as treatment progressed.

Chronic Pain

Fibromyalgia: A non-inflammatory soft tissue disorder. Usually preceded by traumatic injury, acute illness, or emotional trauma where normal recovery mechanisms are dysfunctional. Symptoms include chronic / acute pain, fatigue, sleep & digestive disorders
University of Michigan Medical School in a clinical trial concluded acupuncture increased pain–killing receptors in the brain and significantly reduced fibromyalgia pain.
Chronic Pain:Pain that is unrelenting with many causes. Acupuncture treats the cause and symptoms.

Headaches & Migraines

All have a neuromuscular trigger whether ‘tension’, ‘cluster’, or ‘true’ migraine. Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture effectively deactivate trigger points of the neuromuscular component & the subsequent symptom cascade alleviating the pain.

Inflammation / Swelling

Acupuncture treats inflammation & swelling directly & indirectly. TCM is a comprehensive system of medicine that can be used to treat (i) systemic inflammation including allergy responses – asthma, sinusitis, IBS, colitis, etc. & (ii) localized inflammation including arthritic joints, tendonitis, etc. In TCM “inflammation is not a distinct disease, instead it is viewed as a consequence of interruption in flow of Qi, Blood & Water through the network vessels & meridians which may or may not involve organ systems.

Muscle Tension / Dysfunction

Treated successfully frequently in the acupuncture clinic. A Consequence of trauma, overuse, stress, environment, or posture. It can contribute to/ aggravate other health issues – headache, insomnia, poor concentration, poor memory, irritability, etc.

Neurological Diseases

Covers a vast array of disorders from trauma, inflammation, infection, nerve degeneration, exposure to toxins, nutrient deficiencies, headaches & Stroke to Bell’s Palsy & MS, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s to Carpal Tunnel syndrome & Peripheral Neuropathy.

TCM, acupuncture & electro- acupuncture are found effective as conjunctive therapy for neurological disorders, & in treating pain & inflammation in the following ways:

  • • Acupuncture stimulates the brain to release neurotransmitters (cellular chemicals) & opioids (pain relievers) to ease pain and normalize the nervous system.
  • • Acupuncture activates nerve receptors to decrease pain signals.
  • • Acupuncture with electro stimulation interrupts the pain signal, calming nerves , reducing pain.
  • • Acupuncture increases endorphins release in the body to affected areas, reducing inflammation & pain.
  • • Acupuncture promotes healing, increasing circulation to injured tissue.

Sciatica / Lumbar Radiculopathy


Involves nerve root impingement and / or inflammation resulting in pain, numbness or/ and paraesthesia to associated areas. The largest nerve in the body. It consists of a large bundle of smaller nerves beginning in the Lumbar spine, travel down the buttocks, & move through the leg. Radiating pain from the lower back, to the buttocks & leg is common & intense. In numerous clinical trials acupuncture has been proven to be very effective in relieving symptoms.

Sports Injury / improvement

Generally two types; (i) acute traumatic resulting from a single application of force, & (ii) overuse / chronic injury, usually happen over time due to repetitive training. Sprain & strain of the joint & surrounding tissue are common. Besides pain, the typical inflammatory response may include swelling of the injured area, skin discolouration, & reduced range of motion.

Many clinical trials attest to acupuncture’s effectiveness treating these injuries. John’s Hopkins & Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Cianca: Acupuncture is ‘very effective in treating ankle sprain, muscle soreness, tennis elbow and tendinitis’.

Acupuncture is so successful in treating these injuries tha many professional sports teams have acupuncturists on staff to shorten healing times & resolve stubborn ailments – strains, sprains, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, foot, hand, muscle swelling, shin splints, etc.

ARRC Study ‘ Sports Injuries and Acupuncture: Evidence for Effectiveness’: ’ April 2005 Study ‘The nine trials demonstrate acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of sports injuries, ...plus that these can be spectacularly successful in certain circumstances’.