FILIPA RODRIGO

 Traditional Chinese Medicine  Acupuncture

FAQ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will my first treatment be?
How does Acupuncture work?
How is the formation of a Chinese Medicine Specialist?
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Which conditions does Acupuncture treat?
How will my first treatment be?

 

The first treatment starts with a health assessment of the condition and on what led you to have a Chinese Medicine treatment. I will look at your tongue and take your pulse, two very relevant signs for the Chinese diagnosis. The treatment will follow, generally starting with acupuncture and possibly combined with other Chinese therapies. Each treatment is individualized according to each patient's own condition and constitution.

It takes approximately 1h30, being the following treatments of about 1h.

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How does Acupuncture work?

 

Chinese Medicine considers the circulation of qi, or vital energy, to be the primary source of health or disease. Specific acupuncture points are selected to restore the optimal flow of qi in our body.

Much research has been done on the past years regarding this subject. It considers Acupuncture promotes several biochemical changes within the body:

 

Raising the immunity due to stimulation of overall anti-body levels

Stimulation of endorphins secretion in the body thus reducing pain sensation, helping to adjust to stressful situations

Gate-control theory directly afecting the transmission of neural impulses, thus affecting the transmission of pain to the brain

Regulating the level of Serotonin and Noradrenalin neurotransmitters, related with our mood, well-being and cravings

Promoting peripheral microcirculation, assisting in the correct blood pressure and varicose veins

Affecting the production of hormones assisting digestion, promoting gastrointestinal peristalsis and the secretion of hydrochloric acid

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How is the formation of a Chinese Medicine Specialist?
 

It is a 5 years full time course, including specific subjects on Chinese Medicine therapies, with theory and practice, also western subjects, as Anatomy and Physiology. From the 2nd year onwards starts a clinical internship on the University clinic. It is followed by a 4 month internship in several hospitals in Nanjing city, in China. Completed with a monograph, entitled "Mental and Emotional Pathology" and final exams, on Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

It is of extreme importance to receive treatment from a graduated Specialist.

 
Does Acupuncture hurt?
 

An acupuncture needle creates a sensation on the area where it is inserted, very few describe it as pain. Can be generally described as a dull or a tingling sensation. When considering an acupuncture needle, it is extremely fine compared to a hypodermic needle.

Some areas may be more sensitive, like the hands, the feet and extremities at the time the needle is inserted, you may feel a little prick, which tends to fade immediately.

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Which conditions does Acupuncture treat?

 

The World Health Organization of the United Nations considers acupuncture indicated in the treatment of several conditions cited below.

 

Cardiovascular conditions

High blood pressure

Reynaud's disease

Varicose veins

 

Dermatologic (skin) conditions

Eczema

Acne

Herpes

 

Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat disorders

Deafness

Ringing in the ears

Earaches

Poor eyesight

Dizziness

Sinus infection

Sore throat

 

Infectious diseases

Hepatitis

 

Gastrointestinal conditions

Acid reflux

Colitis

Constipation

Diarrhea

Hemorrhoids

Hypoglycemia

Indigestion

Ulcers

 

 

 

 

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Genitourinary and Reproductive disorders

Impotence

Infertility

Premenstrual syndhrome (PMS)

Vaginitis

Menopause

Irregular periods or cramps

Morning sickness

Post-partum depression

 

Mental and Emotional

Anxiety

Depression

Stress or sleep disturbance

Insomnia

 

Musculoskeletal and Neurologic

Arthritis

Back Pain

Bursitis

Cerebral palsy

Headache

Neuralgia

Sciatica

Stiff neck

Stroke

Sprains

Tendonitis

Trigeminal neuralgia

 

Respiratory conditions

Allergies

Asthma

Cold and flu

Bronchitis

 

Available in LISBONIn clinic at 18 Rue Venizelos, CANNES

Online appointments also available!

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+351 91 657 1840

+33 647 522 850