Pain is probably the best known and most studied application of acupuncture. The effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of pain has been recognized by numerous scientific studies. In 1996, IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain), the highest authority in the field of pain management, published a paper supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture. An acupuncture treatment lasts about an hour, during which the acupuncturist will assess pain, its characteristics and causes. A treatment plan will then be prepared not only to alleviate the pain, but to eliminate its causes and contributing factors. Acupuncture is often combined with other Chinese medicine methods, such as tuina massage and manipulations. In some cases, the acupuncturist will recommend exercises or changes to diet or lifestyle, or some Chinese herbal formulas in order to address the root cause of the pain effectively. The acupuncturists at Althea Clinic are well trained in acupuncture techniques specific to the treatment of pain and work as a team in order to offer you the best possible treatments. Contact us today to make an appointment !
Chinese medicine is rich of a very long and rigorous clinical experience in gynaecology. The Chinese herbal formula Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan (Pill-based cinnamon and Poria), which we frequently use at the Althea Clinic, is an important formula of modern Chinese gynaecology for the treatment of uterine fibroids and some accompanying symptoms. An evaluation with an acupuncturist qualified in Chinese pharmacopoeia will determine which formula is most appropriate for you.