In my blog I will discuss everything TCM. Questions my patients ask, new research, answers to questions I receive online, my clinic experiences… Feel free to send questions to me on the topic of Traditional Chinese Medicine and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.
Extended heavy pressure over a trigger point causes anoxia by stopping blood flow and consequently oxygen to the area, shutting off the signal to contract from the central nervous system, relaxing the trigger point and muscle.
Physical trauma to our body often causes the affected area to go into protection mode in an effort to reduce the chance of further injury. One such protection mechanism sees muscles around the area lock in a contracted position so as to reduce range of motion.
Fascial tissue is made up primarily of collagen which makes it strong as steel and is both electrically conductive and resistant. Fascia is also piezoelectric, which means it can generate its own electricity.
This explanation is one of my favourites because I’m a big fan of the meeting of Eastern and Western thought. Dr. Daniel Keown, an allopathic medical doctor and licensed Acupuncturist, discovered great similarities between the two medical philosophies and wrote a book about it: “The Spark in the Machine – How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine”
Many Japanese styles of acupuncture therefore utilize a very shallow insertion technique, often barely piercing the dermis.
In the mid-1600’s lauded genius Waichi Sugiyama, a Samurai by birth, lost his sight to smallpox. He traded in his Samurai training for that of acupuncture and moxibustion, and began teaching the skill to other people who were blind. Palpation skills of those without vision far exceeded those of sighted practitioners. ‘Meridian Therapy’ was revived whereby imbalances in the body could be felt at the surface level of the Meridians. Blind practitioners are still some of the most highly skilled in all of Japan, using a combination of Shiatsu massage, acupuncture and moxibustion.
8000 years of meditation and intuition in the East, and we have our system of Oriental medicine and Acupuncture.
It made sense to start our exploration with my favorite: the Channel and Acupoint theory of Oriental Medicine. 8000 years of meditation and intuition in the East, and we have our system of Oriental medicine and Acupuncture. Originally practiced during the Stone Age using sharpened bones, bamboo and rocks, the skin was rarely actually pierced during the early procedures.
I needed both to share this ‘magic’ and to understand ‘how’, so I began my studies, 15 years later, the magic continues but the “how” question remains.
Throughout my career, I’ve been on a journey of discovery. I began this journey having had the experience that indeed acupuncture works. Some of you may know the story of why I chose the path of TCM and acupuncture. Here it is: Suffering a throwing injury to my...
On many days, air particulate numbers in Vancouver exceeded those of any other city on the planet!
This August turned out record numbers for air pollution as wildfires blew thick smoke throughout BC and the western states of the US. Vancouver sits nicely in the bottom of the valleys created by several mountain chains that channel smoke from all directions into the Lower Mainland.