Acupuncture in Northwest Calgary

Acupuncture is a method of treatment that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points in the body with the goal of stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal.

How does acupuncture work?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy (Chi) circulates through channels which flow throughout our body. Chi is responsible for circulating blood and nutrients and nourishing the mind and the body. When there is a stagnation or a deficiency of Chi in the channels, we become more susceptible to stress, illness, and pain, and signs and symptoms of illness arise.

Each organ system (such as the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys) has its own channel, and is responsible for different emotions and functions, such as digestion, sleep, or immunity. The organs and channels that may be affected are determined through a detailed case history, as well as a tongue and pulse analysis. Inserting acupuncture needles into these channels balances out the flow of Chi throughout the body and allows the body to heal on a physical, mental and emotional level.

Acupuncture needles can also be inserted into areas of pain in the body and can alleviate pain by increasing circulation to the area and releasing tight muscles.

What can I expect?

During your first visit, Dr. Ramona will gather information on your health history and your chief concerns. Depending on what you require treatment for, she may do a pulse analysis along your wrist and take a look at your tongue to determine which organs are energetically out of balance. You will receive an acupuncture treatment on your first visit. Frequency of visits will be determined on an individual basis, based on your chief concerns and how you respond to treatment.

What conditions can Acupuncture treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Digestive problems : bloating, heartburn, constipation, sluggish digestion, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Women’s Health: PMS, endometriosis, hot flashes, menstrual cramps
  • Depression, anxiety, mood disorders
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Tendonitis: tennis elbow/golfers elbow
  • Nausea and vomiting, morning sickness of pregnancy
  • General relaxation
  • Muscle tightness, Sports injuries
  • Sciatica, peripheral neuropathy

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture, this treatment aims to correct the signs of aging, while promoting overall health and well being. It has been shown to increase collagen production, thus helping to firm the skin and fill out wrinkles. It increases circulation of blood and Chi to the face and thus noticeably improves ones complexion. This form of acupuncture can eliminate years from the face, diminish and/or eliminate wrinkles, reduce bags under the eyes, eliminate facial puffiness, tighten pores and lift droopy eyelids. In addition, one may notice changes such as increased energy, improved digestion and better sleepy. Most patients find the treatments to be very relaxing.

During your first visit, Dr. Ramona will perform a tongue and pulse analysis to determine what organs are energetically out of balance. In this way, she can correct your signs of aging both by local points on the face, as well as by treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process from a Chinese medicine perspective. Treatments are 1.5 hours long and generally 12 sessions are required. After that maintenance sessions may be scheduled approximately once a month.