♦ Acupuncture

What Acupuncture can do for you:

(This information is courtesy of the Acupuncture Society of Alberta as a service to Albertans.)
Acupuncture is far more than just a pain-blocker… it is one of the fundamental methods of healthcare in all of Asia, and one of the most profound healing modalities in the world.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one school of Oriental medicine which uses physical stimulation to encourage the healing process. Through the use of fine needles, finger pressure or electricity, acupuncture stimulates specific points but does not damage the nerves. This normalizes the flow of body energy, balances the relationship between the body organs and meridians and strengthens body immunity to prevent and heal body disorders.
The goal of the treatment is harmony — this will cause disease to dissipate and prevent disease from occurring in the first place. Just as regular maintenance and tune-ups for a car are sensible, preventative health care makes sense for human beings.

What kind of problems are helped by Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works to improve the strength of the source of health- qi. Because of this, it is effective in many diseases, even those which resist conventional treatment. Common ailments respond well to acupuncture treatment such as:

  • migraine headaches
  • arthritis
  • tennis elbow
  • low back pain
  • duodenal ulcer
  • frozen shoulder
  • weight control
  • sinusitis
  • bronchitis
  • gastritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • stress reduction
  • neuralgia
  • sciatica
  • asthma
  • colitis
  • P.M.S.
  • quit smoking…and many other disorders

For a specific health problem, please feel free to contact Dr. Tse to receive support about your concerns.

Who uses Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient medical tradition. There is evidence that over 5,000 years ago, people in the Orient were stimulating specific points in their body for health improvement. For almost 2,000 years, written records have collected techniques for acupuncture. Many different techniques have developed. The Acupuncture Society of Alberta has specialists in most of them.
In total, many millions of people have relied on acupuncture treatments over thousands of years. Acupuncturists can be found all over the world. From Europe to Asia, the U.S.S.R to the U.S.A. Acupuncture is entering a Golden Age, California alone has 3,000 certified acupuncturists.
Acupuncture is perhaps most famous for its lack of side effects. A safe and natural method of healing, it has stood the test of time. Its record of success is impressive.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is first and foremost a natural healing method. It evolved out of the careful observation of the human body. Based on that observation, acupuncturists believe that proper treatments will:

  • normalize organ function,
  • regulate blood circulation and body metabolism,
  • regulate hormone secretions,
  • maintain the balance of body fluids and chemicals,
  • suppress or prevent pain,
  • maintain or improve muscular tone,
  • stimulate the body’s resistance to disease

and thereby contribute to general physical and mental well-being.

As yet, Western science has no satisfactory theory for acupuncture’s phenomenal success. Traditional Oriental theory however points to the role of life energy (qi) in human health. Maintaining the balance and flow of this energy through the organs and structures of the body is seen to be of greatest importance.
Qi moves from organ to organ in the body though pathways called meridians. It completes the cycle, naturally enough in 24 hours. Acupuncture takes advantage of this tendency of qi to move. By inserting needles into the body at specific points to regulate the flow of qi, or to correct any imbalance between qi, blood and organs, the qualified acupuncturist can assist the body in improving health.
Acupuncture works without side effects to prevent the occurrence of disease through strengthening the body’s defenses. It is simple, safe, effective and economical.

Is there a risk from the Acupuncture Needles?

No. Acupuncture needles are solid (not hollow like hypodermic needles). They are very fine, like a human hair. Even more importantly, all members of the Acupuncture society of Alberta are pledged to use disposable sterile needles. Needles are used once and then destroyed.
Acupuncture Society of Alberta members are working diligently to make acupuncture more available to Albertans. Your help in this worthwhile cause is appreciated.

Dependable, Natural Health Care!

Acupuncture is an ancient health practice which comes from the Orient. A range of techniques are used to stimulate and balance the healing vital energy in your body. This energy is called qi (pronounced ‘chee’).
Acupuncture has been practiced for decades in Alberta but only in the last 15 years, with the appearance of public clinics, has treatment become easily available. The Acupuncture Society of Alberta and the provincial government have been working since 1985 to establish formal certification for the practice of acupuncture here in Alberta. Acupuncture’s health and safety record is the envy of other professions in Alberta.
This pamphlet answers some of the most common questions about acupuncture. For further information please contact a health practitioner who is a member of the Acupuncture Society of Alberta. Members subscribe to the highest standards of professional practice, using sterile disposable needles, safe equipment and attending regular professional educational seminars. Choose an acupuncturist who is working for you.

The Acupuncture Society of Alberta

The Acupuncture Society of Alberta is a provincial association of professional acupuncturists. It represents acupuncturists from all the major traditions and works with the provincial government to establish regulations and credentials for professional, safe acupuncture practice.

Formed in 1978, the Acupuncture Society of Alberta is dedicated to making acupuncture as available to Albertans as it is to other Canadians and Americans across North America.
This is provided to you by the Acupuncture Society of Alberta member listed below, support professional, safe health care– and ask your acupuncturist for full details:

Dr. Paul Tse A.H.C.M., C.E.T., C.T., R.Ac.
Registered Acupuncturist
Peking Acupuncture and Herbs Centre Inc.
2nd Flr, 123-14 Street N.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6
Tel: (403) 283 7052
Email: DrPaulTse@shaw.ca

Dr. Paul Tse is a prominent doctor of the traditional Chinese medicine and is a registered acupuncturist. He is also an author and lecturer in health and acupuncture. He has been successfully serving Calgarians since 1975, and has been interviewed many times by the news media internationally for his expert opinion.

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