Remedy Wellness Centre
Victoria Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dong Wei Li, Registered Acupuncturist and TCM“Our body has a much deeper wisdom of self-healing than we think; I am here to help you press the “Start Button.” Namaste : )”– Dong Wei LiIn 1991, Dong Wei began the journey of self-healing when he began practising daily QiGong, (Zhong Gong), self-caring of Acu-pressure, massage in China.In 2010 he worked with a TCM master as an assistant in Shanghai, China, where he learned Balancing Needles techniques to treat cases from body pain, emotional problems to internal organ disorders.In 2012, he moved to Victoria and started his studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Oshio College of Acupuncture & Herbology. Dong became registered as a TCM Practitioner in March 2017.During his 650 clinic hours, Dong has practiced traditional Chinese medicine, needling techniques, cupping therapy, tui na, gua sha, auricular therapy, and yang shen (health preservation).He has helped patients find relief from headaches, insomnia, dizziness, chronic and acute pain, depression, digestive complaints and more. As well, Dong has a special interest in treating and supporting emotional & mental health.As a devoted Buddhist with an open heart, Dong believes our body’s problems are deeply rooted in our mind’s patterns, which governs our thoughts, actions, and words. Body and mind issues have to be balanced with the spirit at a deeper and higher level.When not at the clinic, Dong can be found engaging in one of his many hobbies, whether it be yoga, meditation, Buddhist Sutras, Chinese Calligraphy, photography… Acupuncture at Remedy Wellness CentreRegistered Acupuncture is an ancient alternative medicine philosophy that has been perfected over hundreds of years of practice. It employs a variety of techniques involving insertion and manipulation of very thin needles on the body’s surface, acupressure, warming techniques like moxibustion and infrared, and the diagnosis of tongue, skin, eyes and sometimes hara (abdominal area).This therapy is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by the flow of energy throughout the body, called Qi ( “Chee” ). Qi’s balance greatly influences the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional part of the self. Disruption of this flow is believed to be responsible for the rise of symptoms and disease. Treatment focuses on correcting imbalances in the flow of Qi by stimulation of specific anatomical areas under the skin called acupuncture points. These points are connected by channels known as meridians. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body.Our Registered Acupuncturist is trained in:-Orthopedic Acupuncture-Chinese and Japanese Style Acupuncture-Cupping-Facial Rejuvenation/Cosmetic Acupuncture-Gua Sha Therapy-TuiNaHerbal MedicineWhat to Expect: Initial Consultation & TreatmentAn initial consultation includes an in depth health history review, taking the pulse on both arms and inspection of the tongue. Based on the results of this assessment, acupuncture treatment is highly individualized and treatment focus will vary depending on your treatment goals and expectations.Follow up treatments are typically shorter in length and will follow a treatment plan determined by your needs and therapeutic goals.About Cupping Therapy:Cupping Therapy became a wider topic in the world as Olympic top swimmer Michael Phelps, and other Olympians have been seen with round, purple marks across their bodies in Rio 2016.What is it : Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.Helps with pain, inflammation, blood flow, detoxification, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.Increases blood flow. Blood flow is the body’s way of naturally healing. Increased blood flow can be beneficial to jump start or restart a blunted healing response.You can also think of it as a “sterile inflammation.” That’s because the cupping process draws blood from your vessels and into your tissue. Your body thinks it’s been injured, so it jump starts an inflammatory response, mobilizing antibodies to the area to try to heal it.Benefits: Cupping therapy offers several advantages including aiding in promoting blood flow and increase blood circulation to muscles and tissue, supplies oxygen to cells, loosens knots, and can release and drain excess fluids and toxins.Contraindications: if you have a bleeding/clotting disorder, blood thinners, or take medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen where bleeding is a potential side effect, you might want to skip cupping.About Gua Sha Therapy:What is it: Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin along meridian channels with a massage tool (Jade or other energy stones…) to improve your circulation.Benefits: Gua sha reduces inflammation, good for chronic pain, muscle and joint pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. It also creates immediate relief from stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting.Contraindications: if you have a bleeding/clotting disorder, blood thinners, or take medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen where bleeding is a potential side effect, you might want to skip Gua ShaTui NaWhat is it: Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbalism, and qigong. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll, press, and rub the body, meridians/channels, and acupuncture points to get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.Benefits: good forracute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions as meridians/channels and acupuncture points are connected to internal organ disorders.Self Care ConsultationsTailor made teaching of acupressure, message, body-movement, herbal/food therapy… according to client’s individual constitution/condition.Acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain and trigger points“Myofascial pain is characterized by localized, hypersensitive spots in palpable taut bands of muscle fibers (myofascial trigger points). These trigger points may be due to muscle overload from trauma or repetitive activities that cause abnormal stress on specific muscle groups. Clinically, patients complain of tenderness, headaches, restricted movement, and muscle stiffness and weakness.Acupuncture is an increasingly utilized treatment option for myofascial pain in the United States. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey of complementary and alternative medicine use by Americans, an estimated 3.1 million adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous year. Between the 2002 and 2007 NHIS, acupuncture use among adults increased by 0.3% (approximately 1 million people). In 1996, the United States Federal Drug Agency also promoted acupuncture needles from the investigational and experimental medical device category to the regular medical-device category, and the following year the National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus statement on acupuncture supported the treatment efficacy of acupuncture for conditions such as pain and nausea.3 Despite this increased recognition of acupuncture as a treatment for pain, much evidence for its effectiveness comes from poorly designed studies with inadequate controls and blinding procedures.”-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2894813/“Over 90 % of trigger points coincide anatomically with acupuncture points treated for musculoskeletal pain relief. The clinical correspondence of trigger points and acupuncture points in terms of the local pain indication is 70 to 80 % [12, 45]. Muscles affected by pain referral from trigger points and the paths of acupuncture meridians have an over 80 % overlap rate . These investigations suggest that the modern approach to myofascial pain and the 2000 years old system of meridians describe an identical pain mechanism [13, 32, 53].-http://www.eswt.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Gleitz_Hornig_Triggerpunkte_EN_02-2012.pdf.
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