Acupuncturist – Sage Meadows Medical Clinic

Dr. Noemi Carapia

Dr. Noemi is a board certified, licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Calgary, Alberta. She is a member of the Alberta Association of Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors in Canada. Her practice has a special interest in Digestive Imbalances, Pain Management, Mental and Emotional Health, Facial Acupuncture, Natural Skin Rejuvenation, Women’s Health, and Fertility.

Her treatments have the focal point in a holistic approach with Body, Mind and Spirit connection.
She received her double masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Alberta College of Acupuncture, partner with Beijing University of TCM.

After years of clinical practice she experienced amazing results with her patients, witnessing the body’s power to heal. She educates her patients on proper maintenance and lifestyle choices for a happier, longer life.

Come visit the best acupuncturist in the Calgary area!

OUR PRACTICE

  • Digestive Disorders
  • Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Stress
  • Pain disorders & Chronic Pain management
  • Women Health, PMS, infertility
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture & Skin health

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

No, it doesn’t hurt!

My treatments are very relaxing, my needle technique is very gentle and effective, and the majority of the time my patients have a little “Acu-nap.”

In my practice, I use very fine disposable needles to stimulate specific anatomic sites in your body, this helps to trigger the nervous system response helping to strengthen the body’s functions, promoting faster healing processes.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORKS?

Scientists and doctors have several theories to explain the benefits of Acupuncture

*Neurotransmitter Theory

Acupuncture stimulates the release of specific neurotransmitters that stimulate the immune system function

*Autonomic Nervous System Theory

Acupuncture stimulates the release of norepinephrine, and stimulates several types of opioid receptors creating a positive affect to the nervous system, helping to reduce pain and inflammation.

*Vascular-Interstitial Theory

Acupuncture affects the electrical system of the body. This facilitates healing by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissues. This electrical energy is part of what we call “Qi” in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“Qi” is the vital force of energy and the transformation potential in every living organism and its parts.
You can call it ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), this is the molecule that carries energy within cells. All living things use ATP.

*Blood Chemistry Theory

Acupuncture can both raise and diminish peripheral blood components, regulating the body helping the individual to be in homeostasis, stimulating the blood circulation and oxygenation to the specific area with pain or imbalance.

TCM THERAPIES THAT NOEMI MAY USE IN YOUR ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT

  • Electro acupuncture
  • Fire Cupping, dynamic or stationary
  • Gua sha, a tool rubbed along the skin in long strokes with enough pressure applied to create micro trauma or appearance of bruising.
  • Ear Seeds or ear needles on tiny stickers applied to the ears that provide sustained acupressure to specific acupoints within the ear you can keep for 1-2 days after treatment. • Infrared heat lamp with anti-inflammatory effects
  • Topical herbs or Moxa (warm needle)
  • Possible life changes recommendations, supplements or Chinese Herbs.
  • Diet therapy
  • Prescription of herbal formulas. (The supplements and herbs are not included in the price of the appointment, you can purchase them separately).

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH NOEMI'S ACUPUNCTURE?

There is an extensive, and personal intake process, we will review your intake form, and talk about all your health concerns. I will take your pulse, and observe your tongue; these are my best diagnostic tools to understand what is going on internally in your body. I make your treatment plan, and point prescription,

I usually use 10 or fewer needles; you may not even feel them. Furthermore, Dim the lights and let you relax for 30 to 40 minutes; this process is highly meditative and relaxing. Guarantee, You will feel better, more relax, and peaceful, you will come back!

MAXIMIZING YOUR RESULTS WITH NOEMI'S ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture works cumulatively in a series of treatments, so we encourage you to experience what it has to offer by committing to your treatment plan. With each treatment improvements build up from the last, if your symptoms are returning before your next visit, book in as soon as possible.

FREQUENCY AND NUMBER OF VISITS

Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments are very personal and customized, you may receive a different point prescription each visit, I will give you a specific treatment plan for your needs, and instructions to follow-after your visits. Treatments work cumulative, for faster results treatments I may prescribe, one to two times for the first two weeks. After achieving stable results, only once a month may be necessary to maintain your progress in healing. I recommend you to come for Tune up treatments as preventive health, especially on high stressful times, or when life thoughts at you, something unexpected, Acupuncture is an amazing therapy for your mental health.

Acute conditions improve more quickly than chronic. It is beneficial you come for treatment as soon as possible after any injury, new symptom or any health imbalance.

PREPARING FOR YOUR NOEMI'S ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT

  • Please arrive 5 minutes early, be hydrated, and have eaten a snack or meal within the last couple of hours.
  • A gown or draping sheet will be provided if you are required to undress for your acupuncture session.
  • Plan to the best of your ability to be unavailable by electronic device for the duration of your appointment. We strive to make your visit as relaxing as possible, and concentrate your focus on the healing moment.
  • Make sure you have some minutes of extra time after your appointment, to allow you to fully be awake after treatment.

AFTER YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

  • Be gentle with yourself after your appointment and take it easy!
  • Drink plenty of water at room temperature.

Post-treatment care for acupuncture:

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, heavy exercise, very hot or cold baths, and stressful intellectual work for the rest of the day.
  • Post treatment care for cupping, gua-sha: avoid cold, wind, hot baths and strenuous exercise.
  • After cupping, gua-sha, skin discoloration is a normal reaction of the treatment, and if present, generally resolves within a few days to a week.

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— Josh Billings

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