Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine doesn’t only mean acupuncture. Below are all the treatments options you can try if needles aren’t what you’re looking for.
Acupuncture
An acupuncture treatment uses very fine, single-use, disposable needles made from surgical-grade steel. They are much smaller than needles used by your doctor, and don’t feel like much more than a tiny poke (in fact, 20-40 acupuncture needles can fit inside the head of the type of needles used to draw blood).
Acupuncture is an effective way of stimulating healing by blocking pain receptors, releasing endorphins restoring energetic harmony to the body. Everything you do in your life – interacting with the environment around you, eating, moving, breathing, sleeping, and thinking – can either contribute to your health (harmony inside the body) or to your illness (disharmony). A course of acupuncture treatments gently directs the body’s resources towards the areas they are most needed, stimulating your natural ability to heal.
Acupuncture Services
  • Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture
    • Treatments for internal illnesses like headaches/migraines, menstrual pain/dysfunction, infertility, digestive or intestinal conditions, insomnia, fatigue, chest and breathing problems, dermatological concerns, and aches, pains, or injuries.
  • Scalp Acupuncture
    • Treatments for neurologically related conditions such as concussion, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, brain injury, other motor or sensory dysfunction (sight, hearing, speaking), and back pain.
  • MeiZen Cosmetic Acupuncture (coming soon)
    • Cosmetic treatments for face, neck and abdomen to reduce the signs of aging, the look of lines, sagging skin and discoloration.
Cupping
Silicone, plastic, or glass cups are applied to the skin by creating a vacuum that lifts up tissue (skin, fat, and muscle) to increase blood circulation through the area and trigger the immune system’s repair and recovery processes.
Cupping in North America is typically used to ease tension or stiffness, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation, but traditionally it is used for a much wider range of medical conditions. Treatment can involve leaving the cups on one area for a few minutes, sliding them around (moving cupping), and other techniques.
Cupping treatments often leave circular marks on the body that last for about 1 week. The colouring of cupping mark varies by person and can be used to gauge the severity of the problem. The marks may be tender immediately after treatment but this goes away 24-48 hours later (this is different than having a bruise from an injury!).
Tuina Massage
Sometimes called “acupressure massage”, tuina can be used for both internal and external conditions and is an excellent option for those nervous with needles. Great for relieving muscle tension and pain, tuina also manually stimulates acupuncture points to treat many of the same conditions that can be addressed with acupuncture.
Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine uses specific medicinal substances, mostly plants, combined into formulas to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Herbal formulas can come in liquid, powder, or pill form, and the quality (and subsequent cost) vary a lot depending on where they come from or how they are processed. Anything put into the body can have a healing or harming effect, so a conversation about daily eating habits is an important adjunct to an herbal prescription.
The herbal prescriptions Alina uses are processed and distributed by River Herbs in Markham which provides sulfur free, organic, lab-tested Chinese herbs that are authentic and effective. They can be shipped directly to a patient’s home, fully prepared and ready to consume.

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