• 23-01-2017

    What is Distal Acupuncture and What Are the Benefits?

    Distal Acupuncture

    By Aleksandra Wroblewska

    Occasionally when I treat patients, confusion arises over why I am not placing needles in an area of pain.  For example headaches and other head pain are often treated by needling the hands and feet. 

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has different systems of treating patients' concerns. Local acupuncture points can be chosen, other times your acupuncturist will use a logic behind the meridian pathways in how to treat you.  Using points that are at the periphery of our limbs to treat areas closer into the body is referred to as distal acupuncture.

    Placing needles in your body communicates to your body tissues and encourages the body to function in a healthy way.  Think of how many structures are at work inside of you: skin, fascia, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the electrical system, the endocrine system, muscles, connective tissue, blood vessels, bones and so on.  This network of tissues is why we can have influence on one part of the body by working on another.  Acupuncture needles direct Qi and blood to areas where it is needed.  Qi is often translated as energy or life force.  Consider how we need food and oxygen to stay healthy.  Healthy blood and energy is necessary to move the nourishment to all of the tissues in our body.  Our cells also conduct electricity.  These are all the different ways in which Qi plays out inside of us.


    Practitioners may favor using a distal needling style for a few reasons.  Primarily treating from the elbows and knees towards the digits gives ease of access to the working areas of a patient's body.  For newly aggravated injuries such as a sprained ankle, needling away from the inflammation is best to avoid re-injuring the area.  Distal needling is very effective at relieving pain quickly as well as treating chronic and internal conditions.

    Above are uses for commonly used acupuncture points.

    Learn more about acupuncture at Polo Health here.


    • 20-09-2016

    What is Acupuncture and How Does It Work?

    By Aleksandra Wroblewska, Reg. Acupuncturist

    Acupuncture’s Broad Reach

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has been in existence for over 3 000 years.  The combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, Qi Gong and Tui Na massage are each intended to facilitate homeostasis.  When we look at illness as a departure from a balanced place in one’s body, we can see how supporting the body’s systems would aid in its recovery.   

    A common inquiry into acupuncture has people asking: What is acupuncture for?  Acupuncture is widely known but its applications aren’t.  Pain relief is most commonly associated with treatment. Although pain relief is a common treatment, acupuncture has wider applications such as: allergies, insomnia, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, constipation, conception support, digestive problems, Bell’s Palsy, stress management, seasonal attunement.  

    The Art of Diagnosis

    When a patient comes in for an acupuncture treatment, their tongue, pulse and general appearance will be observed.  Along with this, the group of symptoms displayed will be taken into consideration for their final diagnosis and treatment.  The key to Chinese Medicine is a precise diagnosis. 


    Once a treatment plan has been constructed specific to the patient’s concerns, hair-fine needles are gently inserted into various acupuncture points around the body.  Clients have a chance to rest for 20-40 minutes while the needles do their work.  People often report different sensations in their body and a general feeling of relaxation. 

    The number of treatments depends on whether an issue is acute or chronic.  For more acute cases, 2-3 treatments a week for 2 weeks may resolve their concerns.  Some patients choose to come in for a tune up once or twice a month.  This is an opportunity to give the body some time to recalibrate and address any issues that may have come up since their last visit. 

    If you would like to learn more about acupuncture, or to book an appointment, please call the clinic.