Body and Mind

The role of the mind and emotions in health and disease is an inherent component of Chinese medicine. The seven emotions – joy, grief, sadness, fear, anger, fright, and worry – are intimately connected to organ function and to each other. Depression, anxiety and paranoia are good examples of distressing emotions which may be treated successfully with acupuncture.

There is no separation between what we experience in our emotional body and in our physical body. Each single cell in your body vibrates and reflects the emotional state and vice versa. Your emotional body reflects the state of every single cell of your body. We function as a whole.

If you or someone you know is having emotional difficulties and would like to explore treatment without medications, give acupuncture a try.

How does acupuncture work?

Just like streams and rivers flow across the earth, Qi (the body’s vital energy) courses through channels in the body. Every organ network has a corresponding set of channels. The acupuncture points are located in small depressions in the skin called “gates” where the channels come close to the surface. There are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body. By the insertion of hair-thin needles into certain points of the body, the gates of the body are opened and closed to regulate circulation in the channels and expel noxious influences from them. As a result, acupuncture mobilizes Qi, blood, body fluids and invigorates proper functions of the body.

What is Qi (chee)?

Qi is the currency of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the energy that acupuncturists manipulate to fight disease and assure health. Normally an acupuncturist will have to wave his arms to explain to his patients with words like, “Qi is a sort of energy that flows in the channels and carries some information from one acupoint to where the blockage (or disease) is”, but more precisely in scientific terms Qi is vibration or mechanical (sound) waves in tissue.

The oscillations on the meridians are like oscillations on a piano wire. When we hit the piano wire, the wire oscillates, and we hear the sound. We cannot see the propagation of sound from the piano wire to our ear, but we can feel the oscillation if we use our hands to touch the wire. The sound in the air is the oscillation of air molecules. We cannot see the oscillation of air molecules, but when sound hits our eardrum, we hear the sound. Sound has energy, and carries a type of message to the ear.

In the same way, when your acupuncturist stimulates an acupuncture point, it triggers nerve endings to discharge electricity, and this creates sound waves in collagen and fascia. This creates a series of stimuli that targets and triggers underlying structures such as nerves, blood vessels, fascia etc., to a re-harmonizing response.

The Seekers Centre acupuncture program is staff by Antonio Pirello, a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and certified Registered Acupuncturist.

If you are suffering from an acute or chronic health condition, acupuncture can help. Your practitioner will work with you to develop personalized treatment that includes nutritional advice, natural health products and lifestyle advice to support your treatment.

Call us today at 613-727-7246 to book your appointment.

*Please note: Acupuncture delegated by a physician is reimbursed by most extended healthcare plans.

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
LIST OF AILMENTS TREATED USING ACUPUNCTURE:

Neurological

  • Migraine & headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Addiction
  • Claustrophobia
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Post herpetic neuralgia (Shingles)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Travel sickness
  • Tiredness
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Paralysis of limbs
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Musculoskeletal

  • Neck & low back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Painful joints
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Acute sports injuries
  • Wound healing

Gynecological

  • Menstrual pain, pelvic pain
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Absence of periods
  • Menopausal disorders
  • Painful nodular breasts
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Infertility, combined with IVF

Skin

  • Psoriasis, eczema
  • Acne, boils
  • Various other skin conditions

Cancer

  • Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy
  • Pain
  • Immune system dysfunction

Sleep Disorders

  • Insomnia
  • Teeth grinding
  • Nightmares
  • Apnea
  • Sleep walking
  • Night sweats

Infection

  • Common cold, flu
  • Bronchitis, pneumonia
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Tonsillitis
  • Laryngitis, pharyngitis
  • Mouth ulcer

Allergy

  • Food, seasonal allergy
  • Rhinitis, sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Hives

Vascular

  • Aching varicose veins
  • Cramps
  • restless leg syndrome
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Hemorrhoids

Digestive disorders

    • Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Ulcers
    • Celiac disease
    • Other digestion disorders

Bladder

    • Cystitis
    • Prostate disorders
    • Urethritis
    • Incontinence
    • Bladder infection