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, Paul Jeung (R.Ac., TCMP) & Susan Lee (R.Ac).
Acupuncture Treatment Rates
Enjoy our new Acu-lounge experience!
Enjoy your acupuncture treatment in our relaxing lounge area for $55 (add on herbal foot bath for extra $25)
Suitable conditions: stress relief, insomnia, heat release, arthritis/joint pain, anxiety, addiction, detox.
*Please come in with comfortable clothing: short sleeves and pants that are easy to fold up. Clients in the acu-lounge will be fully clothed. Ear acupuncture, and acu-points on hands and feet will be mainly used during this treatment.
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
Human studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer clients showed that it helped clients in quite a number of ways, including:
- Improved immune system response.
- Reduced the amount of pain for some cancer clients; chronic disease etc.
- In one study, most of the clients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to take smaller doses.
- Reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and surgery.
Acupuncture causes physical responses in nerves cells, the pituitary gland, and various parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of the body's functions. It affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts the immune system, and causes the body's natural painkillers to be released.
The technique involves the placement of disposable, hair-thin needles into specific points along energy channels on the body. The theory behind acupuncture states that Qi (your body's energy) flows within these meridians or pathways and that stimulating Qi flow balances a person to relieve symptoms and eliminate an illness.
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)
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE - HOW DOES IT WORK?
Chinese Herbal Medicine combines a variety of herbs to create a unique formula for each patient. A customized herbal prescription is administered based on the individual's symptoms and constitution. The goal of Chinese herbal medicine is to treat the source of a problem and eradicate it.
Chinese medicine can help with any side effects related to cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation, including, but not limited to: Nausea/vomiting, fatigue, weakened immunity, stress, anxiety, pain, bruising, post operative swelling, hair loss, anemia, skin issues, hot flashes, digestive disorders, loss of appetite, and detoxification/elevated liver enzymes. It can also reduce many cancer related symptoms.
Nutritional and herbal support is an aid in boosting immune response in cancer patients, along with minimizing the immune and white blood cell suppression that occurs with most chemotherapeutic agents.
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.