Xu Acupuncture Ottawa Established in 1988 in Ottawa, 420 Somerset St W 613-263-0123. Registered Acupuncturist

Xu Acupuncture Ottawa


Xu has practiced in Ottawa since 1988 on 420 Somerset St between Bank St & Kent St, is a trusted acupuncturist, has helped many people in Ottawa and worldwide...






Acupuncture FAQ

Acupuncture and have been practiced in China for more than three thousand years. For Chinese people this kind of medicine is not "alternative" but the is routine to take. In America, there practices seem very new. People have lots of questions. We have created this page to answer questions. Any questions and suggestions regarding acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine will be welcomed! Please let us know.

Q1. What is acupuncture?

Q2. What is Chinese Herbal Medicine ( CHM )?

Q3. What is Chinese Medicine ( CH )?

Q4. What is traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM )?

Q5. What is the situation of TCM in China now?

Q6. How can you find a good acupuncturist?

Q7. Why some of my favourite food are forbidden by my TCM doctor or my acupuncturist?

Q8. What is the concept of diseases in TCM?

Q9. Are the concepts of the internal organs as same as in the modern medicine?

Q10. What is wind, cold, summerheat, dampness, dryness and fire in TCM?

Q11. What does wind mean in TCM?

Q12. What does cold mean in TCM?

Q13. What does summerheat mean in TCM?

Q14. What does dampness mean in TCM?

Q15. What does dryness mean in TCM?

Q16. What does fire mean in TCM?

Q17. What does blood stasis mean in TCM?

Q18. What does yin and yang mean in TCM?

Q19. What does phlegm mean in TCM?

Q20. What is blood stasis in TCM?

Q20. What is the five elements?

Q21. What is channel?

Q22. Why does my pulse need to be felt?

Q23. Why does my tongue need to be checked?

Q24. What is TCM wholism?

Q25. Why use differentiation?

Q26. My friend and I suffer from the same disease but our acupuncturist treat us differently and we both get good results?

Q27. Why my friend and I suffer from different diseases but our acupuncturist treat us samely and we both get good results?

Q1. What is acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture is a very effective theropy for over 450 kind diseases and conditions. It uses very fine acupuncture needle ( like hair ), or heat, or cupping etc to stimulate the points for promoting the body's natural healing ( rebalancing ) and improving the body's functioning. The yin and yang are eventually rebalanced and the patients will be back to normal again.

Q2. What is Chinese Herbal Medicine ( CHM )?

A: CHM is another main part of Chinese Medicine. It uses Chinese herbs to treat patients. So far in China, we find that it can effect all the diseases and conditions. Ninty nine per cent patients can get very good results.

Q3. What is Chinese Medicine ( CH )?

A: CH has two meaning now. One means that all the medicine approaches used in China nowadays including modern western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM ) and combination of this previous two because for many diseases it will be much effective if you use both together. Another means that TCM only.

Q4. What is traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM )?

A: TCM has been practised in China for more than three thousand years. It uses unique theories to direct its clinical application effectively. It includes Chinese Herbal medicine ( CHM ), acupuncture, moxibustion, diseases prevention, personal hygiene, diet therapy, Qigong, Taiji and health preserving etc. It has same branches like internal medicine, surgary ... ... etc. as modern western medicine.

Q5. What is the situation of TCM in China now?

A: TCM in China now is very popular. Practically, every province, city, county have their own TCM hospitals with as many as 1500 beds. Scientically, tremendouse numbers of researches have been done annually by institutes, hospitals and universities. Educationally, there are twenty eight formal-full-time-five-year TCM universities with nationally enrollment. If you want, you still have another two three-years programs with different degrees to complete as long as enrolled again nationally.

Q6. How can you find a good acupuncturist?

A: Medicine is more or less an experience science. So is the TCM ( acupuncture ). In China ten years experience will be good because one doctor can see as many as 30 to 50 even 100 patients a day. If it is ten year experience, that means he or she has seen as many as 80,000 patients times already provided 40 patients per day. A good TCM doctor include acupuncturist should check your tongue, feel your pulses ( both sides ), ask your questions about your disease's history, related situation etc every time. Accordingly, the acupuncture points and herbs used should not be cxactly same because your situation is changing almost always. He/she should give your a good explaination about you situation and why he/she dose that. In Chinese medicine, the communication between the patient and the doctor are very important. He/she should also give you suggestions about your diet meaning that what kind food is good for you and what kind should be fobidden too because the nature of the food is different.

Q7. Why some of my favourite food are forbidden by my TCM doctor or my acupuncturist?

A: In TCM, the food are divided into different natures: cold, cool, warm, hot, generate sputum, generate dryness, generate stagnation ( obstruction ), etc. So if you are a cold type person or your problem is cold by nature, the TCM doctor will suggest you avoid the cold or cool food but encoursge you eat warm or hot food etc. Generally, spicy food is warm or hot by nature, many vegetebles are cold or cold, some fruits are warm or hot etc. That is why.

Q8. What is the concept of diseases in TCM?

A: According to TCM, our human body has three status: they are normal, preabnormal and abnormal. Or you can say normal, predisease and disease statuses. Needless to say, normal is normal, it is healthy situation; and disease is abnomal, it is unhealthy situation. Here we need to talk more about predisease status. Mary Smith, an eighty seven years old lady, suffered a lot from a very " strange disease " apart from hypertention. Every day for the last two years, she felt there are a warm streams going upwards to her stomach from her lower extremities almost every two to three hours. When it happened, she felt very uneasy and she was going to die. She had poor appetite, did not like any hot stuffs. She was ambulanced to the emergency room for several times because she could not stand the suffering. But the doctors could not find any solid abnormal results. So immediately she was sent back home.
After dignosis, we found that she suffers from too much fire in her body. So, after a few treatment, all the sufferings are gone. Another case is like this: He had bad taste for a long time. He went to many doctors for help but no one found anything wrong with him. We found that he suffered from the yin deficiency. After acupuncture and herbs, his bad taste went away. There are many these kinds situation, some have cold extremities, some have a bad mood, some feel thirst all the times, some can not sleep well, some get poor memory suddenly, ... ... etc. etc. And there nothing wrong according to modern western machines like MRI, CT, and so forth. But, in TCM, these are the signs of the very early stages of the diseases. We treat these immidiately and we get good results. We consider these situations are slight diseases. Here you can see, in TCM, the diseases include the diseases and prediseases statuses.

Q9. Are the concepts of the internal organs as same as in the modern medicine?

A: Yes and no. Yes means, practically, about 30% same. No means about 70% different. In TCM, the organ's meaning is more than itself and more conceptional. It is not only the solid organ itself. It means a system instead the only organ itself. For example, the heart in TCM has functions which not only pump the blood but also control the thinking, minding and the status of the life activity etc.

Q10. What is wind, cold, summerheat, dampness, dryness and fire in TCM?

A: These words are used in TCM to discribe the natural phenomena of the weather and climate. They are called "six qi" if they are normally changes without hurting human body. Like normal four season changes they are cold in the winter, warm in spring, hot ( fire and summerheat ) in summer, dampness in the time in late summer and early fall, dryness in fall, wind in all seasons but the spring's wind is the best. All these changes are good for human body.
But if the changes are abnormal like warm in winter, cold in spring etc., human body will be hurt. In this case, they are called "six Evils". For some people, even the six qi is harmful to them, so to these people the six qi are the six evils too.

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