The Chatham Kent Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Clinic is Chatham's only centre providing a full comprehensive focus on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. The clinic is open Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturdays by appointment only. While Chinese medicine is the practice, there are various modalities used to treat a presenting pattern of disharmony. Each pattern of disharmony has an appropriate treatment strategy to bring the body back into harmony, or rather to treat the root cause of a presenting condition. Both herbal medicine and acupuncture remain primary modes of treatment, but the combination of modalities is at the practitioners discretion, according to what he or she feels is the best way to implement the treatment strategy. At the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Clinic you may receive treatment in a number of forms or combinations, these include:
•Zheng Gu Tui Na
•IR Heat Therapy
While not yet fully accepted as part of mainstream health care in Ontario, TCM is making its presence known, with more people becoming educated on the services offered. Since the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO) came into force April 1 of 2013, more and more private health plans are covering treatment by acupuncture.
While there is an increasing number of people for which Chinese medicine is their first stop for treatment, a good majority of patients still remark how acupuncture is their last hope. Approximately 85 percent of my clientele have had other forms of treatment, some already having surgery and some even needle puncture or some imitation of acupuncture from health professionals where acupuncture was not their primary training. It is important to seek the correct treatment from an appropriately trained practitioner as soon as possible. In some cases a condition progresses to a point where the healing process may be prolonged. For example if the condition of shingles is allowed to progress it often leads to post herpatic neuralgia. If treated with Chinese medicine as soon as the blisters appear, usually one session is sufficient and there may be no lasting damage. Motor vehicle accident (MVA) and WSIB patients are also encouraged to consider TCM and acupuncture for individual complaints.
For your first try or last hope at treatment, consider traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.