Inspiring Health Acupuncture Clinic
The clinic will begin gradual re-opening June 16th, 2020. Natalie looks forward to working once again with her patients onsite. Telemedicine appointments will still be available for herbal medicine consults, Chinese medicine diet therapy and acupressure self-care.
How Does an online Consult work?
Natalie will be using a web service called Doxy.me. It is a telehealth service for health professionals. Using it will connect us via a video chat platform. We will be able to chat face to face and it will allow tongue diagnosis which is an important tool when using Chinese herbs. Doxy requires nothing from you in terms of sign up - no downloading an app or even signing up for an account. You will receive a link from me by email after making your appointment. Just click the link when your appointment time comes around and wait for the consult to start. It works best with Google Chrome or Firefox browsers. Privacy is secured with 128bit encryption and it is HIPPA compliant. Doxy.me does not record any personal health information and destroys any data shared between us. Click here for a quick instructional on how to use Doxy. Payment for you consult can be made at the time of booking via e-transfer or over the phone with credit card.
What do Chinese Medicinals work for?
Chinese Herbs can treat all sorts of conditions. They can target pain in certain areas of the body and differentiate between chronic pain and acute pain whether it’s back pain, neck pain, knees, ankles, shoulders, etc. They can aid with sleep, anxiety and depression. They can increase immunity and help fight off and shorten symptoms of colds and flus. They can help alleviate and mitigate the sufferings of seasonal allergies. They can help with all sorts of digestion issues. They can help with women’s health – menopausal or menstrual issues. They can help with headaches and migraines. In short Chinese medicinals, just like acupuncture, can probably help. Just ask!
A division of the National Institute of Health - the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health says: "Chinese herbal products have been studied for many medical problems, including stroke, heart disease, mental disorders, and respiratory diseases (such as bronchitis and the common cold), and a national survey showed that about one in five Americans use them"
And the Cleveland Clinic (renown in the world of Allopathic medicine) has this to say about Chinese Medicinals:
"Herbal therapy is important in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. The aims of Chinese herbal therapy are to help you regain balance in your body and to strengthen your body’s resistance to disease. Chinese herbs may be used to:
Decrease cold/flu symptoms
Increase your energy
Improve your breathing
Improve your sleep
Improve menopausal symptoms
Help regulate menstrual cycles (if infertility is an issue)
Chinese herbal therapy can also be valuable following cancer treatment to aid the body’s recovery from the after-effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation. Chinese herbs are useful in the rehabilitation from many chronic diseases, as well. Chinese herbal therapy may be recommended when you have multiple symptoms or symptoms that are hard to pinpoint, or if you have exhausted traditional medical options and nothing seems to help. Chinese herbal medicine may also be useful when you need therapy to counteract side effects of prescription medications. Finally, Chinese herbal therapy is beneficial as preventive medicine."
What sets Natalie Ramon apart from all other acupuncturists in Sudbury?...
Education & Experience.
She has graduated from a 5 yr college program focused on TCM and acupuncture versus a 3 year program. Or more commonly in the area, a 10 day course. She has also done advanced studies and an Internship in China. Natalie is celebrating her 10th year of owning her own business and practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Although Chinese medicine is best known in the west for effective pain relief, it is truly efficient at alleviating or minimizing numerous health concerns. TCM takes a different angle when looking at a person and their signs and symptoms. The focus is always on bringing the body/mind, yin/yang, Qi/blood/body fluids and the meridians back into balance. Even in complex cases, balances can be systematically identified and corrected.
Check out the Services and Fees page to see a list of the conditions that TCM can help.
Make your health and wellness a priority, and book an appointment today!
History of TCM
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a written history of nearly 3000 years, and there are indicators that it has been practiced long before that. In the beginning the instruments used for acupuncture were made of stones known as Bian stone. Over time, as technology advanced, iron needles replaced stone, and then they were replaced by metal medical needles. This broadened the field of acupuncture and its many applications. Documents outlining the meridians and collaterals (channels where Qi (chee) travels) were discovered that date back to the 3rd Century B.C.
Huangdi's Internal Classic, written between 770-221 BC, layed out the theorectical foundation of TCM. It included the theories of yin-yang, five elements, zang-fu, meridians and collaterals, mentality and spirit, qi and blood, body fluids, five emotions and six exogenous pathogens. It explained human physiology, pathology, diagnostic principles, as well as prevention and treatment of disease with acupuncture and moxibustion (a herbal warming technique). This book continues to be studied by practitioners today and is still applicable to modern day treatment of diseases.
The Classic of the Materia Medica (Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing), holds the historical tradition of Chinese herbal knowledge. It is the first book to focus on descriptions of individual herbs and is accredited for laying out the foundation for chinese pharmacology.
Numerous books followed that contained more indepth therapeutic principles, case studies, applications, and over the last century, scientific research of TCM's efficacy. Over the centuries TCM has been refined through this stringent documentation of the actions and indications of both acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. It is not until the 70's that TCM began its journey into North America. The west learned of Chinese medicine through a American reporter who experienced acupucnture for pain relief after an surgical procedure for acute appendicitis completed during his stay in China. In 1980, the World Health Organization released a list of 43 types of pathologies, which can be effectively treated with acupuncture. Now, it recognizes that TCM can treat more than 100 diseases.
Have confidence in the training behind your Acupuncturist!
Today, as Acupuncture continues to become popular, more medical practitioners (medical doctors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, etc.) are studying acupuncture and using it in their practices. Unfortunately, the amount of training in both theory and practice can vary. Often only a few acupoints are learned, and knowledge of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment protocols can be quite limited.
A Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist, who is registered, has 3 years of in-depth training in TCM medical theory and diagnosis, acupuncture point location and needling techniques, and will be able to offer you an effective treatment for acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe procedure when performed by a TCM trained acupuncturist. Find out what level of training your acupuncturist has.
MD or Physiotherapist
MD or Physiotherapist, etc.
Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute - Level 1
MD or Physiotherapist, etc.
Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute - Level 2
MD or Physiotherapist, etc.
Medical Acupuncture, University of Alberta
College of Naturopathic Physicians
Traditional Chinese Medicine
CTCMA (Ministry of Health)
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."