Eastern Medicine Techniques in Calgary

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Dr. Kim Dunlop, DTCM, LAc, also provides Eastern Medicine Techniques to Chiropractic Center for Health patients. These traditional therapeutic techniques are often neglected by current acupuncturists, and we’re happy to offer them as alternative services.

Cupping Therapy

The practice may date as far back as 3000 B.C., helping millions of people over many years, hosting a variety of health benefits with minimal to no side effects. Cupping can reduce pain by relaxing tense muscles and easing stiffness associated with pain. Some athletes have been known to use cupping to naturally improve athletic performance and recovery time from training. Not only can cupping therapy help with pain, but it can also promote relaxation, boost skin health, improve digestion and help to treat respiratory conditions, colds and flus.

Bloodletting Therapy

Don’t let the name scare you, a few drops of blood are let out with a small lancet needle and it can be just as painless as acupuncture itself. Bloodletting was common throughout ancient cultures and not unique to the West until it faded away when conventional medicine came onto scene in the 19th century. This therapeutic technique can stimulate the immune system and help improve blood circulation in the body. From my own personal experience as a Traditional Medicine Chinese Doctor, bloodletting is a therapy that is just as good, if not better than acupuncture when it comes to treating pain and a variety of health conditions.

Gua Sha Therapy

Gua Sha is very similar to its western counterpart, the Graston Technique. A smooth-edge instrument is used to apply a stroking motion, along with moderate pressure, on certain areas of the body, mostly on the back and neck. The application of motion causes redness or bruising, thereby producing an anti-inflammatory response effect that carries through several days after treatment. The ancient therapy helps to break up any stagnation and helps to move oxygen and promote blood flow to the injured area, thereby relieving pain to the local and distal areas in the long-term. Not only is Gua Sha commonly used to treat pain, but it also has an immune protective effect, which can be utilized to address other conditions such as asthma, cold and flu.

Chinese herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicine addresses both acute and chronic conditions. Focusing on correcting imbalances within the organ systems, Chinese Herbal Formulas work to address key issues, with minimal side effects. Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years in China and utilizes various parts of a plant, such as leaves, roots, stems, flowers and seeds. In addition, minerals and animal products can also be used.


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