Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body to various depths.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific locations (points) that will achieve a therapeutic effect. TCM views health as a balance of Yin and Yang energy. Acupuncture is used to balance energy and thus re-establish health. A TCM diagnosis based on observation, consultation and assessment of the pulse and tongue, is essential to determine the most appropriate points for individual treatments.
Points are located along pathways (channels) that carry “Qi” (energy). To determine the location of each acupuncture point, the practitioner will use anatomical landmarks and palpation. Once in place, needles are briefly manipulated to either strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. Needle manipulation includes twisting, lifting and scratching techniques. Sensations experienced at the site of the acupuncture point or along the channel might include heaviness, warmth and/or cooling. An electrical sensation, numbness or a slight ache can also be induced with correct needle placement. These sensations are caused by the movement of Qi and are brief in duration. Acupuncture should be a painless, relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
How Can Acupuncture Help You?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment used to encourage natural healing. Although acupuncture is best known for its ability to relieve pain, acupuncture treats a wide variety of conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the ability of acupuncture to treat and prevent 43 common health concerns, including the following:
Headaches/migraines, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, dizziness/vertigo, joint muscle pain, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, allergies, gynecological disorders, hypertension/hypotension, digestive disorders, immune deficiency, dermatological disorders, liver problems, haemorrhoids
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Meet Our Wilson Health Services Practitioner
Dr. Heather McRae | ND Naturopathic Doctor
Heather MacRae is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and 20 years later graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. In her ten years of practice as an ND, Heather has developed special passions for Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine and Nutrition.
Trained in three styles of Acupuncture Heather enjoys supporting people with pain, anxiety, insomnia, addiction recovery, weight loss, digestive distress, auto-immune and neurodegenerative disorders, PMS, peri-menopause and much more. (Time on the table can also be time to discuss how diet, nutritional supplements, and Botanical Medicines can complement treatments. Body work, nutritional and botanical medicines can all be adjuncts to any other care you are under.)
A resident of Guelph for 30 years, Heather has been committed to accessibility of Naturopathic Medicine for all and offers compassionate, trauma-informed care for individuals and families. As well as being active in the community, Heather works with people with disabilities and has gained a great deal of experience and insight regarding health in all walks of life.
Heather’s love of alternative medicine began with the warm, holistic nurturing of midwifery care and naturally led to Naturopathic medicine. A strong pre-occupation with seeds, growing, harvesting and making medicines with plants fits beautifully with Heather’s models of care which include life with lots of movement, whole foods, and a healthy relationship with natural surroundings.
Heather lives with one of her three grown children, and four four-legged creatures! Radical self-care has healed her through some difficult years. Photographing nature, writing poetry, playing music and growing/harvesting/cooking/eating food bring her a joy and whole health that she is eager to share.
Heather is happy to offer free 15-minute consultations to discuss the possibilities that Naturopathic Medicine has to offer you.