Discover how acupuncture treatments at our wellness spa and TCM clinic in New Westminster can relive your pain and promote the natural self-healing process. Limina Wellness is proud to offer the best clinic advice and treatments from our highly experienced practitioners, Jiman Ryu (R.Ac., TCMP) & Susan Lee (R.Ac).
Acupuncture Treatment Rates
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM is a holistic approach to healthcare that addresses the body, mind and spirit of the patient. Based on an intricate assessment of an individual’s physical, mental/emotional and spiritual condition, the TCM practitioner utilizes therapies such as acupuncture / acupressure, nutritional therapy, herbal therapy, and therapeutic exercises such as Tai Qi or Qi Qong (meditative breathing techniques). These therapies utilize natural methods and the body's innate healing response to balance the body, mind and spirit and lead to improved health and well being. At Limina Wellness, we believe that everyone should be in charge of their own health. Hence getting to understand your how mind and body work as a reflection on each other and learning how to recognize your own health pattern is crucial to a successful treatment.
How Does Acupuncture Work
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acu-points. The most common method used to stimulate acu-points is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acu-point stimulation techniques include: acupressure massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, Injection Therapy and herbal medicines.
What Happens During an Acupuncture Treatment
On your first visit, our acupuncturist will do a thorough consultation and ask about your health history. It may include examination on the shape, color and coating of your tongue, pulse reading, and possibly details on your lifestyle and diet information depending on your individual health needs.
The Acupuncture treatment includes different TCM methods depends on your diagnosis. That may involves cupping, acupressure massage, moxibustion, and acupuncture (with needles). Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed. Afterwards, our acupuncturist will recommend you some exercise to do at home to help with your condition, and suggestions on diet and nutrition.
Our treatment are very thorough and most of our clients will feel very relaxed or sometimes may have a boost of energy after the treatments.
Please note that it is important to have something to eat prior to each treatment, for you will be surprised how much energy you will use while your blockages are being unblocked. Some people may feel tired after the treatments, so prepare a low activity day so that your body can start the healing process.
How Many Treatments are Needed
The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
Depends on your treatment needs, we will use different TCM methods during his acupuncture session.
- Acupressure massage
- Moxabustion (w/ mugwort herb)
Advance Acupuncture Injection Therapy (AIT)
Acupuncture Injection Therapy(AIT) is the injection of saline, homeopathic substances, vitamins into acupuncture points or trigger points to help with chronic pain management, muscle spasm, inflammation, arthritis, fatigue, and vitamin deficiency. Most injections cause only minor discomfort because they are very shallow, given just under the skin or into the muscle.
In cases of chronic illness, chronic pain management or acute injury the interstitial fluid may become congested with inflammation from injured tissue, preventing the efficient nutrient and waste product transfer between the cells and the bloodstream.
AIT improves the quality of the interstitial fluid allowing nutrient and waste product transfer between the cells and bloodstream to occur efficiently again thus facilitating healing.
Acupuncture can help alleviate the following pains and conditions:
- Neck and Shoulder Tension
- Stomach/ Intestinal Disorders
- Sciatica/ Lower Back Pain
- Menstrual Cramps
- Migraines/ Headaches
Cupping is part of the treatment in TCM. Creating a vaccuum with fire using glass cups, the therapist place these cups on the treated area (usually on back or back of legs).
Two types of cupping:
Moving cupping: increase blood circulation, release muscle tension. acts like a deep tissue massage. Relives stiffness in muscles, constipation, chronic dull pain, reduces fever, and energizes the body.
Fixed Cupping: detoxifying, relief tension, and increases blood flow to the area.
A Tradition Massage focusing on Acu-points. It helps to increase blood flow to the area, best way to warm up the treatment area before Acupuncture. It could be incredibly relaxing and balancing.