The Point of Acupuncture – one point at a time

Acupuncture Needle on Shoulder Muscle

This blog series will address our understanding of handful of the most special acupuncture points, one by one, both in a historical context of oriental philosophy, and also the evidence shown by science to date on why and how each point may be working therapeutically. Ancient oriental manuscripts document many hundreds of acupoints on the body – points that when engaged with a fine acupuncture needle have therapeutic impact.  In…

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Finding the forest through the trees – connective tissue rediscovered

Hidden from view until now – fluid filled spaces everywhere!   By Gord Grant PhD, RAc and Alina Tousseeva, RAc A medical group from New York City recently discovered something very new and interesting about connective tissue. Connective tissue (or fascia as it is also known) is the tough, gooey, elastic filler stuff between cells in and around tissues, sinews, organs and muscles of the body.  It is simply everywhere!  On…

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Insights from autopsy: how to optimize your acupuncture treatments

Last month I went  to Tempe, Arizona, where specialists using acupuncture to treat injuries and pathologies of the musculo-skeletal system came together for a dissection program initiated and led by Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco of the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program. All of us, medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists alike, had similar interests and similar goals. First of all, we were all very experienced practitioners with extensive medical training…

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Insights into neuroplasticity & carpel tunnel syndrome – implications for chronic pain

This blog is an update on the topic “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” (CTS) a few years ago. Earlier I was writing about the inherent complexity of this condition.  Here I discussed that despite CTS being well defined problem with very distinctive symptoms, a significant number of the patients who experience those primary CTS symptoms may also have multiple impingements of the median nerve at other locations along the way.  The other…

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Congratulations Alina! our neurofunctional acupuncturist

Alina Tousseva, Acupuncturist

We are proud to announce that acupuncturist Alina Tousseeva has achieved one of the highest levels of training in science-based medical acupuncture! She is now certified as a Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner.  She achieved this designation by completing a series of advanced courses offered by Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco of the MacMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program in Hamilton, Ontario.   Dr. Elorriaga Claraco works with Olympic-level athletes and has a…

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Focused on function not pain

Medical labels are often misleading.  Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), carpel tunnel syndrome, patella-tracking syndrome, sacral iliac dysfunction – these specific conditions focus on the painful joint or muscle, and can miss the big picture…. and the solution!       We often meet people with chronic injuries who come to our clinic and who have not been fully improving with exercises. They are frustrated, and are ready to give up….

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Short Cuts to Health

Being healthy is relatively easy; that is what your body does by default. It is capable of fulfilling this without extraordinary help when things are OK. However, when you get sick or out of balance, especially if you are not well for a long time, coming back to health can be very difficult. Treating diseases and these chronic imbalances are the domain of the medical doctor. The first and most…

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An Apple among Oranges in hypertension research

Here is a typical and nice positive study regarding acupuncture. It came from a team in Germany and was published in the highly regarded American journal “Circulation”.   They treated 160 patients who had moderate essential hypertension 3 to 5 times per week for 6 weeks using traditional oriental acupuncture points or sham (“placebo”) acupuncture, without patients knowing which treatment they were receiving. Their blood pressures were monitored over the course…

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Cavewoman fertility

The fertility of hunter gatherers is an interesting topic because without any contraception our ancestors had to naturally adjust their birth rate to their circumstances of survival…like all animals do. On average a woman would have about 5 children in her life, and back then, more often than not, over half of these children would die before reaching reproductive age themselves. From a survival point of view, if only 2…

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The key to pain-free acupuncture – precise electro-stimulation

Here at The Acupuncture Turning Point,  Alina and I (Gord) learned acupuncture from a traditional school of Chinese medicine. As with most oriental acupuncture colleges, we were taught techniques that can create a deep achy sensation (or “de Qi” in Chinese). This is not always painful, but can be uncomfortable, especially if we come back every few minutes to twist and turn the needle as indicated! There are other traditional…

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