Where and when appropriate, Halcyon Cosmetic Clinic naturopaths utilize acupuncture. Acupuncture is the placement of very thin needles into specific locations of the body and is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is most often used to treat pain, although it has been increasingly used to improve general wellness and treat many other issues, including the management of stress.The history of TCM spans over 2000 years and is similar to naturopathic medicine, in that the focus is to identify imbalances within the body and to bring those imbalances back into equilibrium. Although TCM believes acupuncture to be a technique to balance “chi” or “qi”, many western practitioners view it as a means to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue to boost your body’s natural painkillers. Clients come to us from Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and other parts of Greater Vancouver for naturopathy and acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture treatments are only available to our existing naturopathic patients and cannot be booked without an initial naturopathic consultation.
This is the most common question new patients have for our naturopath. Because acupuncture involves needles, we assume it must be painful but, because the needles used are hair-thin, this treatment is actually comfortable and relaxing. Acupuncture needles only occasionally come into contact with pain receptors in the skin. When they do, the sensation is fleeting and is commonly replaced by a feeling of warmth, coolness, mild tingling, pulsation, or relaxation.
You will likely notice some sensation, commonly known as “De Qi”, or the arrival of energy at the insertion point of the needle. This feels a little differently for each patient but dissipates quickly and is replaced with a calm relaxation.
The best way to prepare for your appointment is to be well-hydrated and have a light meal shortly before your treatment. You will want to relax and not feel “full” or hungry during your treatment.
A typical treatment will last about 30 minutes.
This a difficult question to answer because each patient is unique. Our naturopath will develop an individulized treatment plan based on your specific symptoms and health history.