1) Headaches: 20 sessions of electroacupuncture within four weeks has reduced the number of monthly migranes. Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where electric current is applied to the needles.
2) Seasonal Allergies: People with seasonal allergies (eg. sneezing and runny nose) saw a tremendous improvement after 12 sessions of acupuncture and were able to use antihistamines less often.
3) Mood/ Depression: Weekly acupuncture treatment can reduce signs of depression within three months, which are results similar to counseling. This is due to the fact that acupuncture regulates the specific neurotransmitters that make you happy.
4) Throat: 10 sessions of acupuncture over the course of one month was able to treat acid reflux disease and soothed heartburn better than increasing medicine dosage. This may be due to regulating acid secretion and speeding up digestion.
5) Heart: Regularly attending acupuncture has shown to decrease markers of stress and lower blood pressure which results in positive effects on the heart.
6) Immune system: Specifically placed needles during an acupuncture treatment can boost the activity of immune cells that destroy infections.
7) Sleep: Acupuncture increases the production of neurotransmitters associated with sleep and relaxation. This is incredibly helpful to insomnia sufferers.
8) Back Pain: 5 consecutive weeks of treatments, twice each week, has shown to relieve and lessen lower back pains for up to six months.
9) Menopause: Acupuncture can potentially regulate body temperature. This means that treatment can lessen the frequency and severity of hot flashes for up to three months after treatment.
10) Weight: Acupuncture is able to help obese adults with weight loss. A study demonstrated that an obese adult was able to shed up to 9 pounds over the span of 2 weeks to 4 months.
*Sources: www.prevention.com By: Jessica Migala*
As you may know, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practice have been regulated in Ontario since April 2013. Since then, the licensing governing body of this profession (CTCMPAO) has issued more than 2000 licenses. The introduced licenses are R.Ac (Registered Acupuncturist) and R.TCM.P (Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner). The majority of current practitioners have obtained their license via the Grandparenting procedure which is issuing license based on the past experience of practitioners. The deadline of applying for Grandparenting license (for eligible applicants) is Mar 31, 2014. After this deadline, you will only be able to obtain these licenses through studying the program and passing the board exams of CTCMPAO.
We have performed a study on a random sample of health practitioners in the GTA to compare the average annual income of practitioners who have either R.Ac or R.TCM.P license with the other practitioners without these licenses. Our goal was to provide a more clear vision for new students or current practitioners who are interested in learning Acupuncture and/or TCM.
Groups of target study:
1. R.Ac or R.TCM.P health practitioners who have received license since April 2013 (n=67).
2. Health practitioners with only one regulated license:
- RMTs (n=113)
- Chiropractors (n=23)
- Physiotherapists (n=42)
3. Health practitioners who have one regulated license + An Acupuncture Certificate*
- RMTs + Acupuncture Certificate (n=53)
- Chiropractors + Acupuncture Certificate (n=22)
- Physiotherapists + Acupuncture Certificate (n=18)
* Practitioners with Certificate are able to apply Acupuncture needling as a modality mixed with their current practice; however they are not able to bill clients or insurance companies separately for Acupuncture or TCM services.
4. Health practitioners who have one regulated license + R.Ac or R.TCM.P
- RMTs + R.Ac or R.TCM.P (n=49)
- Chiropractors + R.Ac or R.TCM.P (n=18)
- Physiotherapists + R.Ac or R.TCM.P (n=12)
Comparing number of Acupuncturists (or TCM practitioners)
Before and after April 2013:
* Source: Estimation based on the number practitioners previously working with different private Acupuncture associations before April 2013.
** Source: CTCMPAO website (the number of registered practitioners as of March 2014)
When it comes to getting pregnant, old world techniques may be just what today’s high-tech doctors will order.
If headlines are any indication of what’s hot and what’s not, it’s easy to believe that infertility treatment is strictly a modern day science, made possible solely through the courtesy of high-tech medicine.
But as good as modern science is, many couples trying to get pregnant find themselves turning to an age-old treatment for help — one so steeped in tradition it’s about as far from life in the 21st century as one can get.
That treatment is acupuncture, and today, even high-tech reproductive specialists are looking to the somewhat mysterious world of Chinese medicine to help those fertility patients for whom western science alone is not quite enough.
According to the American Pain Association, an estimated 86 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can be characterized by persistent pain signals that are repeatedly fired from the nervous system, and they can last from weeks to years. While it is common that chronic pain is the result of a previous accident or condition, it can also occur with no apparent incident, and is a frequent problem for older adults. As with most prevalent and life-affecting afflictions, there is a wide variety of solutions available; from over-the-counter medication to prescription drugs, chronic pain is dealt with daily in a variety of ways. However, traditional Chinese medicine may have two more effective means of relief to offer.
Both Chinese acupuncture and massage therapy are regularly used to alleviate chronic pain. There is some contention in the field of Oriental medicine as to which practice is more beneficial. According to the British Medical Journal, a recent study showed acupuncture to provide greater short-term pain relief and better range of motion than traditional massage. The study consisted of 177 patients with chronic neck pain, all of whom were randomly assigned to treatments of acupuncture, massage, or placebo practices.
In their results, the researchers stated that, “individuals treated with acupuncture reported greater reductions in pain both immediately after the first and last treatments, and one week after the last treatment, than those treated with massage.” In this study, acupuncture was deemed especially more effective in regard to pain caused by motion. The conclusion of the British Medical Journal was a statement that, “…acupuncture is a safe form of treatment for people with chronic neck pain and offers clear clinical advantages over conventional massage in the reduction of pain and improvement of mobility. Acupuncture was most effective in people who had had pain for over five years and in those with the myofascial pain syndrome.” Pain relief was also varied between the patients that were skeptical, versus those that were positive about the study’s possible results.
While acupuncture is believed by many to provide long-term relief for chronic pain, massage therapy also has a good deal of staunch believers. The Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a randomized trial comparing traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and self-care education for chronic low back pain. This study included 262 patients between the ages of 20 and 70 with persistent back pain, and consisted of 10 weeks of the various treatments. The results state that, “Therapeutic massage was effective for persistent low back pain, apparently providing long-lasting benefits,” and that traditional Chinese acupuncture was “relatively ineffective.” The Touch Research Institute has conducted over 90 clinical studies on the beneficial effects of massage therapy. These studies have proven massage therapy’s effectiveness in the relief of not only chronic pain, but also juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, labor pain, fibromyalgia, and back pain.
Thankfully, the millions of sufferers of chronic pain do not have to choose between acupuncture or massage therapy for their relief. Both practices have obvious benefits and continuous business with returning clients, which is perhaps the most convincing proof of their success. While common, chronic pain should not be one of the most accepted ailments in the world, particularly when there are so many treatment options. By utilizing the resources available in traditional Chinese medicine, whether acupuncture or massage therapy, people can greatly improve their daily lives and well-being.