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Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Asian medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.
Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM), sometimes also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) comprises medical acupuncture, botanical medicine, lifestyle counselling, massage, diet and exercise, with its own system of diagnosis. This profession, founded in China over 2,500 years ago, is now regulated and practiced around the world: in Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, UK. The World Health Organisation classifies TOM as a major complement and alternative to conventional medicine. Click here to read about studies on acupuncture, and diseases and conditions that can be treated with acupuncture (WHO 1996).
What to expect with acupuncture
Acupuncture treatments last from 30 to 60 minutes and may occur once or twice a week depending on an individual’s symptoms. Acupuncture helps cancer patients cope with nausea and pain, and supports the body’s immune system. Most patients find that treatments are relaxing and revitalising. Often, they are not even aware that needles have been inserted. Immediate relief of symptoms often occurs and many of our patients find a reduction in side effects of conventional treatments.
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