Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Herbs & Osteopathy in NE Calgary
Contrast Healthcare & Acupuncture clinic strives to help you attain better health. We treat a wide variety of health concerns, both chronic and acute. As well, we can work with any pain complaints you may be experiencing. Our goal is to improve your quality of life by reducing pain, improving symptoms, and getting to the root of the problem. We personalize every treatment plan to your individual needs, allowing for a more successful outcome. Our main therapies in the clinic are – Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, Cupping, Moxibustion and Osteopathy (Manual Osteopathic Therapy). Depending on your specific needs, these therapies may be used on their own, or in combination with each other.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very thin sterile needles into specific acu-points around the body. This is believed to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. The needles are left in anywhere from about 15-45 minutes while the person rests. Acupuncture has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years. Because of its time-honoured tradition, acupuncture along with other TCM modalities, are well known for their ability to treat a diverse number of health complaints, both mental and physical. Acupuncture is an effective, drug-free, non-invasive, safe alternative treatment for pain and other medical conditions. Subsequently, it has stood the test of time, helping millions of people worldwide.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the greatest medical systems of the world. It has an unbroken tradition dating back to 3rd century BC. Therefore, it continues to sustain itself and prove effective through many areas of research. Chinese Herbal Medicine is believed to expedite the healing process, strengthen, support and tonify the body. Chinese herbal formulas have the capability to address the underlying root cause of various medical conditions, whether acute or chronic. For more information please visit here. Oftentimes, Chinese herbs are prescribed together with acupuncture treatments.
Traditionally, fire cupping is used to encourage blood flow through the body. As well, it helps relieve pain from injuries and musculoskeletal complaints. Cupping has also shown beneficial for respiratory infections, low immunity and other chronic infections. Fire cupping can be a stand alone treatment, but is often used as part of an acupuncture treatment.
Moxa is used in several ways in TCM. Most commonly, it is used as a tonification treatment, making the body stronger and more resilient. As well, moxa may be used for pain complaints that have a “cold nature”. It is believed that the moxa enters into the specific meridians, expelling the cold from them. Additionally, moxibustion is also used for breech presentation in pregnancy. Most often, moxa will be incorporated into your overall TCM treatment, and used alongside acupuncture.
Osteopathy (Manual Osteopathic Therapy)
Osteopathy is a set of hands-on assessment and treatment techniques which aims to restore proper function to the body. Osteopathic Therapy looks at the body in a wholistic way, addressing underlying causes of disfunction. Osteopathy can reduce symptoms as well as improve overall health.