Our Clinic now offers SEIDO Acupuncture Treatment. It was introduced to the public by a Japanese doctor, Dr. Makoto Kurihara in 2014. It is a new method of Acupuncture which takes a completely different approach to healing as opposed to mainstream Acupuncture styles such as TCM and the Meridian Therapy.
Dr. Makoto Kurihara found that some acupuncture points have effects on controlling the body movements. Body movement is regulated by muscle tension, however excessive tension restricts these very same movements and puts unnecessary stress on the body which in turn manifests as a pain in the muscles and joints.
SEIDO Acupuncture Method treats the excessive muscle tension which, in turn, balances and regulates the body movements through specific acupuncture points in order to treat pain and disease.
Why Acupuncture Works
SEIDO Acupuncture Method treats the body through a specific points which are located away from the affected area with reduced number of acupuncture points. Because the muscle and joint movements are deeply connected to internal organs and mental activities, SEIDO Acupuncture Method can reduce the pain and treat the nervous system.
How Acupuncture Works
The practitioner will determine which acupuncture points to use according to your condition through the assessment and place the needles (usually no more than 7 needles) on them. The points are located away from the affected area.
Who can benefit from Acupuncture
SEIDO acupuncture method is effective on conditions such as;
- Neck and shoulder pain/stiffness
- Runner’s knee
- Back pain
- Crying at night
- Sleep disorder
- Low appetite
- Low energy
- Diarrhea and constipation
Children are treated by gently rubbing, touching and tapping the children’s body with the acupuncture stick. Parents and guardians will be given some advice of what to do at home for daily care.
Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by activating your own body’s self-healing mechanisms. How it does that is a matter of interpretation largely based on where you start. In East Asian cultures where acupuncture originated, all matter contains energy referred to as “qi”. Acupucture was designed to improve and harmonize the flow of qi. When qi is in balance, your body’s functions will return to normal. Western science does not recognize this concept of qi, so the explanation of how acupucture works is limited to the physical. Inserting an acupucture needle affects a nerve, which then has a corresponding change in the body. Regardless of the underlying mechanisms at play, there is a consensus that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a variety of physical conditions.
SEIDO Acupuncture treats the body through specific points which are located away from the affected area. It uses a reduced number of acupuncture points compared with other forms of acupuncture. Because muscle and jointmovements are deeply connected to internal organs and mental activities, SEIDO Acupuncture can reduce pain and also treat the nervous system.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Here is a very short list of conditions we can treat at our Toronto acupuncture clinic:
Neck and shoulder pain / stiffness, Headaches, Whiplash, Dizziness, Runner’s knee, Back pain, TMJ (temporomandibular join pain). For children, acupuncture can help with colic, crying at night, sleep disorder, low appetite, low energy, diarrhea, and constipation.
There are many conditions not on this list that can also be helped by acupuncture. Please talk to our acupuncturist to learn more about whether acupuncture might be effective in helping you.
Are acupuncture needles safe?
Each and every acupuncture needle used in your treatment is new. They are considered single-use medical devices. Needles are sterilized when they arrive, are used once, and then disposed of. Acupuncture needles are solid and are made of surgical-grade stainless steel. There is nothing else in them or on them that could be dangerous. When used in the hands of our experienced acupuncturist, acupuncture needles are safe.
How many needles are used in acupuncture?
This depends on the style of acupuncture being used. Our practictioner usually uses 7 needles or less.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most of the time our patients report their acupuncture treatments are painless. However, depending on your condition, your sensitivity, and where we have to place a needle, you may experience some discomfort. We will always adjust your acupuncture treatment to your needs to minimize the potential for discomfort.
Are there side effects of acupuncture?
The most commonly reported adverse side effects of acupuncture are small bruises at the site needles were inserted, drowsiness or light-headedness, minor bleeding, and headaches. Dizziness and drowsiness are often considered indications the treatment is having a positive effect. If you are feeling dizzy or drowsy after an acupuncture treatment, please stay in our waiting room until the feelings abate before heading out.
Come visit our Toronto Acupuncture clinic, conveniently located near Yonge Subway Station (in the Yonge and Eglinton area). Our clinic is less than a 2-minute walk from the subway!
How is SEIDO acupuncture different from other acupuncture?
SEIDO Acupuncture brings a new way of thinking to acupuncture, as well as fast-acting results. The inspiration for SEIDO acupuncture is the Japanese practice of Kappo, which are described as “manual reviving techniques based on ancient martial arts”. Kappo’s effects on the body are immediate. Dr. Makoto Kurihara wondered if there was a way to apply acupuncture in a way that would produce immediate results. His curiosity led to the development of SEIDO acupuncture, which was introduced to the world in 2014.
SEIDO acupuncture theory is quite simple, being based on observations of what happens in the body when acupuncture points are used. Because its focus is on immediate effect, patients can often feel muscles release right away during a treatment. Once excessive muscle tension is released, the body can re-establish balance and relax other muscles and body tissues. While SEIDO acupuncture’s immediate effects can be felt in the muscles, the philosophy of SEIDO acupuncture is that once you adjust the musculoskeletal system, your internal organs, nervous system, and mental state will also stabilize.
Kie Ando Aldous, R.Ac
*She only accepts women and children as patients.*
Kie has been working as an acupuncturist since 2007. She completed a 4-year full-time acupuncture diploma course in Japan and now in training for SEIDO acupuncture. She is specialized in treating conditions such as neck and shoulder pain/stiffness, headaches, whiplash, dizziness, runner’s knee, back pain and TMJ. She also offers acupuncture treatment to children for colic, crying at night, sleep disorder, low appetite, low energy, diarrhea, and constipation.
She treats children by gently rubbing, touching and tapping the children’s body with the acupuncture stick. And we will give parents and guardians some advice of what to do at home for daily care.