Improve Stomach Aches with Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine benefits can be far reaching. Improving digestive disorders in order to improve stomach aches is one of acupuncture and TCM’s many benfits. But how? How can your acupunturist improve stomach aches? Your acupuncturist understands your bodies many meridian points. Today we are going to focus on just one of those points, ST25- Stomach 25 (Tianshu).

Where is ST25- Stomach 25?

This acupuncture point is found on the abdomen, two finger breadths lateral (and directly in line) to the belly button. It is often nicknamed the “Pepto Bismol point” since it is said to be the single most important point for the treatment of the widest variety of intestinal disorders.

Importance of ST25- Stomach 25 (Tianshu)

This point is where “the Qi (or energy) of the large intestines gathers and concentrates on the anterior surface of the body.” In other words, by accessing this point or any acupoint, we can communicate with the organs and body’s processes. We use this point for stomach aches caused by bloating, nausea & vomiting, undigested food in the stool, poor appetite, abdominal pain, and even abdominal masses such as intestinal abscess or uterine masses.

When ST25- Stomach 25 is stimulated, the effects are so fast acting that often a few minutes after needle insertion patients report feeling changes in their digestive tract motility.

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What is NADA Protocol?

What is NADA protocol? This month instead of one singular point we are highlighting a group of 5 ear acupoints.  This particular protocol is referred to as NADA, which stands for National Acupuncture Detox Association, named for the group that created it.

What is NADA used for?

NADA protocol is a group of 5 small needles placed in the ear which are excellent for treating stress, insomnia, depression, PTSD and can even be used for smoking cessation.

What points are stimulated?

The five points utilized are Shenmen, Sympathetic, Kidney, Liver and Lung.  The purpose of this point protocol is to down regulate the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for your fight or flight response.  When your nervous system is stuck in a chronic state of flight or flight, your mood, sleep and digestion can be negatively impacted.  NADA protocol point are essentially forcing the body out of the “fight or flight” phase and into the “rest/digest” phase.

Benefit of NADA Protocol

Shifting your nervous system from chronic sympathertic stress has its benefits.  NADA protocol helps to support increasing calmness, promotes better sleep, reduces agitation, relieves stress, and reduces cravings for nicotine as well as any other symptoms associated with these conditions.  If you would like to talk more about how acupuncture can help you with these or similar concerns contact us at or 780-455-2112. To learn more about our office, check out our website @

Improve Digestion with Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine benefits can be  far reaching. Improving digestive disorders in order to improve digestion is one of acupuncture and TCM’s many benfits. But how? How can your acupunturist improve digestion? Your acupuncturist understands your bodies many meridian points. Today we are going to focus on just one of those points, ST36 – Stomach 36.

ST36 – Stomach 36 (Zusanli) is one of the most multi-faceted points in the body and can be used in almost all point prescriptions! Its most foundational function is to promote overall health and longevity. It is very commonly used in patients who need to improve digestion or suffer from digestive disorders (IBS, Crohn’s disease, etc), nausea, vomiting, and GI discomfort. ST-36 S is also incredibly effective in boosting energy levels and reducing symptoms of fatigue, so it is very helpful when treating immune compromised patients.

Where is ST36 – Stomach 36 on your body? This point is located one hand breadth below the knee cap, on the lateral side of the leg, on finger breadth away from the shin bone. Since ST36 is located just below the knee, it is also a key point used in treating any sort of knee injury or pain.

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Pericardium 7

How does acupuncture work? It’s really quite fascinating.

Point Feature: PC7- Pericardium 7 (Daling)

This point is a dual action point in that it’s great for treating both mental and physical concerns. Firstly, it is the key point to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The location of the needle is on the palmar side of the wrist directly at the wrist crease. When needling for carpal tunnel issues, you needle directly into the carpal sheath (towards the palm of the hand) which is the source of pain and inflammation in carpal tunnel syndrome. The relief with carpal tunnel is so significant that many patients who had previously been scheduled for surgery to cut the sheath have fully recovered after a series of acupuncture treatments! In terms of addressing mental health concerns with PC7, this point is used in combination with other points to calm the mind and reduce anxiety. It is especially helpful if you have palpitations and tightness in the chest triggered by stress/anxiety.

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Pericardium 6 and Acupuncture for Fertility/Pregnancy

Pericardium 6 (PC-6) is an incredibly useful point on the inside of the wrist and is known as the anti-nausea point. Whether the nausea is caused by morning sickness, indigestion or motion sickness, PC-6 is your point! This point is also a command point of the chest, which means it is great at treating palpitations, chest tightness and acid reflux. It is also used in combination with other points in most anxiety treatments. This acu point is found on the inside of the wrist, two thumb breadths below the wrist line and between the two tendons. Many people may have seen “anti-nausea” wristbands which actually just use acupressure on PC-6 to resolve symptoms!

How can acupuncture help with fertility?

Acupuncture is an excellent tool for couples who are trying to conceive (TTC). Whether you are actively TTC or are just starting the journey and want to learn more about your cycle, your acupuncturist can help. Acupuncture improves fertility by regulating the menstrual cycle/hormones, increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, promoting ovulation, and supporting a healthy luteal phase for successful implantation. It also works to increase libido, reduce stress and anxiety surrounding the TTC process, and can increase sperm count and motility.

Acupuncture can support patients who are trying to conceive naturally, as well as those going through the IUI or IVF process. A recent study found that when used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26% (Tel Aviv University, 2016).

Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

The short answer is YES! Acupuncture is completely safe for the entire duration of pregnancy. However it is important you inform your practitioner if you are pregnant as they will need to tailor the treatment to suit your needs. Acupuncture is extremely beneficial in treating any symptoms you may experience during pregnancy. Most women find it especially helpful during the first trimester when symptoms of fatigue, nausea and vomiting tend to be most severe. This is where the point Pericardium 6 is most useful.

As pregnancy progresses, your acupuncturist will be able to address any symptoms that may arise such as insomnia, body pain, and acid reflux. If the baby is breech presentation, your acupuncturist can utilize a technique called moxabustion to turn the baby. At around 36 weeks, you can begin having labour prep treatments which aim to ripen the uterus and prepare the body for delivery. At 38 weeks gestation you can start doing labour induction treatments which promote a downward movement in the body and can help induce labour. Even after delivery acupuncture can help the body to recover more quickly, and can increase milk supply or resolve mastitis.

Whatever stage of conception or pregnancy you are at, your acupuncturist will be able to create a customized plan to support your needs.

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Yintang And Acupuncture For Stress An Anxiety

Yintang is an acupuncture point that is located on the forehead midway between the eyebrows.  It is a wonderful point that calms the mind, reduces stress, and helps relax the sympathetic nervous system.  As such, it is a point that is excellent in treating anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and headaches.  In combination with other points it can also treat hypertension, sinusitis, allergies and dizziness.  While the location may seem intimidating, having this point needled usually puts patients right to sleep! 

How does acupuncture actually work to reduce stress/anxiety?

In the most basic terms, acupuncture regulates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the body’s “fight or flight response”, and the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the “rest and digest” phase.  Most people with high stress levels or who deal with anxiety have an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which means their body gets stuck in the fight or flight response.  This results in symptoms like restlessness, insomnia, mind racing, and palpitations to name a few.  If left untreated, there can be more severe long term effects such as high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke.  Acupuncture and TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) regulates your body’s hormones and forces it out of the fight or flight phase, into the more calm rest/digest phase. A study done at Georgetown University Medical Center found that “acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway” (Eshkevari et al, 2013).  The acupuncture point Yintang is a cornerstone point for treating stress and anxiety, and will be used in almost all point prescriptions for those (and similar) conditions.


How quickly can acupuncture help me?

While acupuncture is not an immediate fix, most patients feel at least some mild relief after their first treatment.  The treatment plan, including frequency and number of visits, is customized to each patient.  Generally, for conditions which are acute (occurring for 6 weeks or less), it takes fewer treatments to see full resolution of symptoms.  For chronic conditions (occurring for 6 or more weeks), it will likely take between 3-5 treatments to see significant, lasting change in symptoms.   A full course of treatment could be between 8-10 treatments depending on the severity of the case.  For each patient, your acupuncturist will create a specially tailored plan based on your medical history and wellness goals.  


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Acupuncture Points

Understanding Acupuncture Points

In acupuncture therapy, a fine needle is inserted in an individual’s body. This allows the individual’s body to release energy and relieve their pain. This therapy is beneficial for individuals of all ages. Moreover, this therapy is popular because there are no side effects.

There are five different acupuncture points that are beneficial. When pressure is applied to these points, individuals feel a significant difference in their pain. All you have to know is where these points are located.

How is it done

For 2 to 3 minutes, you will need to press the pressure points. You will have to do this until you start to feel strong sensations. Individuals often feel warmth when energy is released in the energy channels (meridians). These channels are connected to all parts of the body.

If this warmth is taking over, then you are doing it correctly.

Large intestine 4 (LI4) –pain point

This point is connected to the head and the face. It deals with toothaches, headaches, and sinus problems. This point is extremely powerful and, therefore, acupuncture should not be done on pregnant women; otherwise, it can trigger contractions. However, if you are not pregnant and are in pain, this point can be used to ease it. No medicine will be required then.

Location: The webbing area between your thumb and index finger


Pericardium 6 (PC6) – calming point

This point is known to provide ultimate serenity to an anxious individual.

Location: On the wrist, between two tendons that are up from the wrist.


  • Nervousness
  • Opens up and relaxes the chest: palpitations, asthma, angina
  • Nausea, motion sickness, seasickness
  • Poor memory
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Taiyang – headache and stress relief point

This point is known to work its magic on painful areas of your body. It also calms you.

Location: The crease away and below from your eyebrow


  • One sided headaches
  • Migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Toothaches
  • Sinus issues
  • Facial paralysis

Liver 3 (LV3) – pain and stress relief point

This point will take away stresses and pains from your body.

Location: The webbing in between the big toe and second toe (in between two tendons).


  • Calming point
  • Canker sores, headaches, dizziness
  • Eyes issues – pain, redness, swelling, or blurred vision
  • Digestive issues
  • Menstrual issues
  • Genital issues

Gallbladder 20 (GB 20) – flu, cough, and cold point

This point can treat chronic issues of flues, coughs, and colds and their symptoms.

Location: Back of the head, below the skull bone, and on either side of the spine


  • Fevers and chills
  • Headaches that occur at the back of the head
  • Stiff neck
  • Twitching, numbness, vertigo, paralysis, tremors, dizziness
  • Hypertension
  • Throat, face, and “sense organ help”
  • Eye issues
  • All issues related to the head

You can apply pressure on these points by yourself or ask your acupuncturist to do so! Adapt this lifestyle and you are guaranteed to have a pain-free life.

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Acupuncture Benefits Edmonton

Everything You Need To Know About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the art of healing which was used in the ancient times. Acupuncture has been around for more than thousands of years and practiced throughout the world. Although it has treated many people successfully, there is a misconception when it comes to acupuncture. It is not understood properly in the western countries causing it to be seen as a painful retreat.

Acupuncture has many benefits, but since there is lack of awareness regarding it, there are millions of people that are missing out on this therapy.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Chinese medical practice that does not use any medication to treat the disease. The acupuncturist inserts thin needles in the pressure points of your body. These points can be on your back, leg, head, and other parts of your body.

The needles are often inserted in the areas where there will be no pain experienced. However, what an individual should keep in mind is that the pain is experienced depending on the person’s pain endurance levels.

Acupuncture is the most popular Chinese medical practices. Over the years, acupuncture has evolved. It has become a much safer treatment and more beneficial.

People often think that acupuncture helps with pain but the truth is that I can help relieve stress and treat diseases.

Does it hurt?

Having needles inserted in your body can arouse this question. Similar to the blood test prick, acupuncture can be painful for some and some might not even feel it.

The truth about this treatment is that it does not hurt. The needles do not go deep enough into your body to encounter the nerves. The needles are so fine that one might not even feel them. Some people find the needle insertion relaxing.

The pain reason that people go for acupuncture is to finish chronic pain. The needle pressure promotes blood flow and decreases inflammation.

Is it safe?

There are no risks with acupuncture. However, it needs to be followed with guidelines. When going for acupuncture, you need to make sure you are going to practiced acupuncturists. Do not make compromises on your health. Be sure you choose the right person. Go to a place that is reputable and hygienic.

What are the Benefits?

Acupuncture has many benefits. Here are the most common ones:

• Acupuncture reduce headaches and migraines. Studies have proven that acupuncture gives long-term relief from headaches and migraines. The patients undergoing acupuncture did not need to take medication to cure their pain.
• Acupuncture decreases chronic pain that is present in your body.
• It is a great way to decrease cognitive decline that could be a result of the Parkinson’s disease.
• This therapy reduces stress levels and anxiety by balancing the hormones in your body.
• It helps fix postpartum health. Pregnant women are usually recommended to meet an acupuncturist because it helps during birth.

Would You Go For It?
After finding out the benefits of acupuncture, would you opt for it? It comes with long-term benefits and allows you to live a healthy, future life.

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nerve acupuncture

The Connection between Nerve Repair and Acupuncture

Nerve damage is an inconsistent and highly common problem that is present when there is long-term numbness, pain, lack of movement and similar conditions, depending on which nerves got affected. The most common method to fix nerve damage is through physiotherapy, electrical stimulation, surgery, and mostly medication. The downside to these treatments is that they do not have guaranteed results. Therefore, more and more doctors are using acupuncture as the cure to all types of nerve damage.

Classification of Nerve Damage

East Asian Medicine identifies nerve damaged based on the symptoms. The names of the classifications are given in accordance to what we see in nature. The most common kind of nerve damaged are:

1.    Phlegm

This is when the damage leads to numbness and growth.

2.    Cold

This is when the damage occurs seasonally. It comes with throbbing pain when the contraction between the muscle and sinew takes place.

3.    Damp

This is when the damage results in severe and sharp pain, tingling sensations, quick exhaustion, and swelling.

4.    Wind

The damage that occurs in muscles causes spasms, twitching, stiffness, and uncontrolled movement.

Types of Acupuncture Used

1.    Electro-acupuncture

This is when there are electrodes placed on the needles. This therapy is used to cure lack of movement, stubborn pains, and severe pain sensation. This heavy treatment motivates nerve growth and helps stimulate nerves.

2.    Moxabustion

This is heat-based therapy with the involvement of burning herbs. This is used to treat exhaustion, spasm, and inflammatory tingling sensations.

3.    Plum Blossom Treatment

In this treatment, there is a promotion of sensory nerve re-growth in smaller areas of the body. It reduces pain that is caused because of febrile conditions or inflammations.

Proof that Acupuncture Helps Repair Nerves

Acupuncture is known as an effective method of repairing damaged nerves. Studies in the Neural Regeneration Research proved that acupuncture helped upper and lower limb motor nerves to mend. A test was done on patients who had electromyographic nerve damages to check if acupuncture would be effective on them. There was a positive response with 80% of the patients participating in the study.

Electromyography gives people the confirmation that acupuncture shows significant improvements in motor nerve conduction and promotes nerve repair all over the body.

The researchers of the study made a discovery. They found out that there is set of acupuncture points that resulted in good responses at a high rate. When local points where used, there was a 35% effective response. In addition, when the Du meridian points where added, there was an 80% effective response.

What is the Du meridian?

The Du meridian is a pathway that is made of 28 acupoints plus a few more. These points are located in the midline of the back under the spine where the vertebral functions occur. When acupuncture needles are inserted in the Du meridian points, conditions such are tremors, numbness, brain ailments, infertility and febrile diseases are cured.

Acupuncture is becoming more and more popular as many people are finding effective and long-term benefits with it.

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acupuncture therapy benefits

Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture therapy is one of the oldest practices in Chinese medicine. It is an ancient form of medicine that was practice in the oldest times and it is used to this day. Nations around the world are practicing acupuncture, as it is an effective and trusted way of treating those who are suffering from stress or some illness.

Acupuncture is done by identifying the points of your body that trigger the bodily functions. Improper body functions can lead to elevated body temperature, lack of defense against pathogens, less bodily fluids and the inability of transforming those fluids into energy. The purpose of acupuncture is to fix these functions to improve the health and wellbeing of an individual.

Here are the top 5 health benefits of acupuncture:

1.    Decreases Back Pain

Acupuncture therapy eases and diminishes back pain. It promotes the release of chemicals into the spinal cord and brain. The chemicals that are released relieve the pain and improve the bodily functions.

A study was done by the Archives of Internal Medicine and they revealed that needle stimulation, which is the primary technique used in acupuncture offered quicker relief from pain than medications. In acupuncture, pressure is given on certain points with the use of small needles. This helps a patient get rid of the pain and discomfort they are experiencing.

2.    Makes Medications Effective

A study showed that adding acupuncture while on medication improves impact of the medicine. This also helps lower the dose and avoid the side effects commonly associated with pain-alleviating medicines, such as weight gain and nausea.

3.    Minimizes the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Cancer patients can minimize the side effects of chemotherapy if they add acupuncture therapy to their regime. A study showed that people who were getting chemotherapy had lesser negative side effects when they were getting acupuncture alongside. One cancer patient claimed that they felt less nauseous as compared to before when they began acupuncture therapy. It does not transform the life of those getting this treatment, but it does make the quality of life after chemo much better.

4.    Helps Put a Stop to Long Term Headaches

Doctors have started recommending acupuncture as a treatment to help patients get rid of headaches and migraines rather than prescribing medicines. It has proved to be effective in preventing chronic tension-related headaches and decreasing the chances of suffering from a headache in the future as well.

5.    Put an End to Obesity

Although there is no conclusive evidence regarding the effects of acupuncture on obesity, there are studies that show that it can be an effective weight loss treatment. Korean researchers analyzed a large group of people and concluded that acupuncture therapy led to more weight loss than extreme lifestyle changes. For those who are trying to lose weight, adding acupuncture could help them make accelerated progress towards their weight loss target.

Along with these benefits, acupuncture has proven to be the cure to many chronic body pains. The insertion of fine needles has been found to be an effective treatment and is therefore being increasingly used all around the world.

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