Acupuncture

Stress and Acupuncture

Whether physical or mental, we all experience stress to varying degrees. Stress plays a huge role in our everyday health and  can aggravate health conditions that we already have. Routine, chronic stress can in the long run lead to serious physical and mental health consequences if not managed properly. Consider

9 Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Your Life

Acupuncture is a simple and useful treatment that can help you sleep better and resolve insomnia.   Acupuncture is probably best-known for relieving aches and pains- it can treat injuries, back pain and discomfort effectively and without medications.   Acupuncture can eliminate fatigue, increase energy and put the spring back

WHO Official Position on Acupuncture

  In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” The WHO's 87-page report specifically listed 28 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled trials to

Acupuncture Kelowna Experts Stimulate Healing Processes of the Body

Acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years and even today it is a widely practiced form of complementary medicine in Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada as well as all parts of the world. Kelowna, the largest city in the Okanagan Valley has its fair share of allergy sufferers

The Amazing Therapy Acupuncture Treats Pain Effectively

Originating from China, acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years and today this therapy is a widely practiced and accepted form of complementary medicine. It was a Dutch doctor who first introduced this kind of treatment in 1683 after he spent a number of years in Nagasaki, Japan, and

How Can Acupuncture Improve Your Health?

Acupuncture is a very old Chinese medical treatment which has been used for more than 2,000 years. Acupuncture therapy today is used by practitioners in mainstream medicine to complement treatment courses for patients who are suffering from over 40 different medical conditions. There are numerous benefits of this type of

Zu San Li

“Why did you use that point?” 
It’s one of the most common questions acupuncturists are asked during an acupuncture treatment.  The answers give insight into the fascinating theory of Chinese medicine and how acupuncture works. 
Zu San Li: A Key Acupuncture Point
Zu San Li (zoo san lee)  is located about three inches below the knee on the outside of the shin bone. Most people who’ve had acupuncture are familiar with this point because it is used to treat so many different conditions. In fact, it is considered one of the most vital acupuncture points because of its wide range of effects on the body.
Zu San Li can help:
  • strengthen the spleen and stomach to treat a wide range of digestive disorders
  • resolve dampness that can cause both digestive problems and mental disorders
  • support and build qi to encourage health and vitality
  • clear fire and calm the spirit to balance emotions, and treat anxiety and mood disorders
  • activate the channels and alleviate pain by encouraging circulation when there are blockages
  • treat digestive problems, emotional disorders, pain and injuries, as well as dizziness, tinnitus, heart palpitations, headaches, and high blood pressure
Why is Zu San Li considered so important?
One reason is its location on the stomach meridian, the meridian with the most qi and blood. Points on the stomach meridian, particularly Zu San Li, can influence the entire body and bolster the effectiveness of a treatment. 
Our ability to process food plays a foundational role in our health and the strength of our digestive system can determine how quickly we recover from an illness or ailment. Indeed this meridian can sustain life. The stomach meridian travels up the chest and through the center of the breast and is the channel that provides nutrients and sustenance during breastfeeding. 
Zu San Li is among the most important acupuncture points because of its ability to support the body’s qi and maintain our health and vitality as we age.  Many classical textbooks of Chinese medicine recommend stimulating this point regularly for health and vitality, particularly after the age of 30. Its profound strengthening effect can help build the body’s qi energy as it declines naturally with age.
Putting Zu San Li to Work for You
You can tap into the benefits of Zu San Li by stimulating the point using daily acupressure. To find it, measure three inches down from the dimple below your kneecap and one finger’s width away from your shin bone to the outside of the leg. Apply firm pressure for one to two minutes. Stimulating this point daily can help to maintain the body's overall health and balance.
Interested in learning more about Chinese medicine and acupuncture? Visit Okanagan Acupuncture Centre at our downtown Kelowna location, or contact us for more info!

How Does Acupuncture Work?

An acupuncturist looks at the health of the body as a whole, diagnosing which areas are not functioning at a normal, healthy state and how this influences the health of the rest of the body. Typically an acupuncturist will talk in terms of imbalances or blockages in the body’s normal flow of energy, and uses acupuncture to influence this flow of energy in order to promote healing and resolve the problem.

There are many modern theories about how acupuncture works on the body, but the truth is that it is still not fully understood. Research shows that acupuncture has various physiological effects on the body, including:

  • stimulating the secretion of neurotransmitters such as endorphins to influence the immune system
  • normalizing the autonomic nervous system and reducing pain
  • influencing the electrical system of the body to facilitate healing between normal and injured tissues
  • affecting the blood concentration of blood components such as cholesterol and triglycerides, to promote homeostasis

Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is located downtown Kelowna at 1625 Ellis St.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture usually doesn't hurt much at all. Acupuncture needles are very small and fine- about the thickness of a cat’s whisker and typically you will not notice the needles being inserted. Depending on the area of the body and the person, you may experience minor discomfort when the needle is first inserted, a feeling like a bee sting or a pinch. However, a skilled acupuncturist is very good at gentle insertion and minimizing discomfort. Acupuncture can be a deeply relaxing, pleasant experience and some of us even use the treatment time as an opportunity for napping!

Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is located downtown Kelowna at 1625 Ellis St.

 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, disposable needles into various points on the body. Acupuncturists do this to influence the flow of energy, stimulate the body’s healing response, and restore normal functions of the body. Acupuncture is based on the premise that our bodies have a self-healing ability- acupuncture reminds the body of what it already knows but has forgotten: how to heal itself. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid, and effective form of health care because of one fact- it works!

Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is located downtown Kelowna at 1625 Ellis St.

Getting Help for Allergies with Acupuncture

Rick is an active 42-year-old-man who came to us a few years ago complaining of allergy symptoms that kept him from enjoying the outdoor activities he loved. Rick was using over-the-counter medication to treat his symptoms, but found they were ineffective or produced side effects that were nearly as bad as the allergy symptoms themselves. Read more

Back Pain Successfully Resolved

Frank is a 45-year-old patient of ours who recently came in for sciatica problems so severe he was bedridden, barely able to walk, and taking Tylenol 3s for the pain. No specific injury had occurred to trigger the condition, however Frank said he’d experienced back pain on and off for nine years. This recent flare up had gone on for two weeks and showed no signs of improving. Read more...

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common complaint that we see often at our clinic. It is most commonly attributed to chronic ligament strain, spinal degeneration or osteoarthritis, or a prolapsed lumbar disc, problems that can be aggravated by a modern lifestyle that may involve a lot of sitting, or heavy strain from physical work or exercise.

Is acupuncture good for children?

We often get the question, "Is acupuncture safe for children?" When parents experience how well acupuncture can benefit their own condition, they wonder whether it might be an option for their child. And parents today are looking for safer alternatives to medications for conditions like asthma, allergies, insomnia, digestive ailments, anxiety, skin conditions, and more.

The great news is that acupuncture is an excellent option for children. Children are ideal acupuncture patients because they respond quickly to treatment and because of their youth and overall good health, they recover from ailments very quickly. Children typically require fewer treatments than adults. We also use extra fine needles and fewer acupuncture points in pediatric treatments, to ensure a comfortable experience.

We suggest that children be 7 years of age or older to be considered for acupuncture. You should also discuss the idea of acupuncture treatment with your child, to ensure that they are open to receiving treatment. Because children are generally quite inquisitive by nature, they generally do very well in treatment and in fact usually find the acupuncture to be quite fascinating, providing that they are open to trying the treatment.

Acupuncture is a positive option for many childhood ailments, including allergies, asthma, ear infections, digestive ailments, skin conditions, anxiety, and injuries. Please explore our articles to learn more about how acupuncture can help with these specific conditions.

If you are interested in acupuncture for your child, please call our office to discuss treatment.