Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles through the skin at specific points to treat various health problems.

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and the Far East for thousands of years as an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It is a safe and effective system of healing that can be used to treat people of all ages with a wide range of illnesses.

According to Chinese philosophy, our physical health is dependant on the balanced flow of Qi (energy), the universal life force.  The smooth flow of energy can be disturbed by a number of factors, including emotional stress, anger, fear or grief, hereditary dispositions or outside influences such as poor nutrition, infection or trauma.

Since prehistoric times, the Chinese people have evolved a complex theoretical framework based on practical clinical experience to guide a trained acupuncturist to restore these imbalances by the insertion of needles into energy-channels called meridians.  In this way an acupuncturist aims to stimulate the body’s own healing power and restore the innate equilibrium and harmonious state of balance of the physical and emotional aspects that constitute health and no set number of treatments required to treat any given disorder. Each person responds differently. The practitioner will discuss how you felt after each visit and evaluate then. 

Based on research from controlled clinical trials, the World Health Organization recommends acupuncture for over one hundred medical conditions including:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain (including knee, neck, shoulder, elbow and back)
  • Insomnia
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Depression 
  • Dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation), 
  • Asthma
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Acne
  • Female infertility
  • Male sexual dysfunction
  • Recurrent urinary-tract infection
  • Ulcerative colitis to be taken.

Common Questions

What type of needles are used?

Hypodermic needles administered for vaccinations are very different to acupuncture needles. Hypodermic needles are thick and hollow since they must remove or inject fluid. Whereas acupuncture needles are thin, solid and not designed to be inserted deeply into the skin. We always use sterilized, one-use disposable, surgical-grade stainless steel needles.

Acupuncture needles are of a very thin; usually 0.14 mm to 0.30 mm in diameter and are inserted no more than 15 mm to 25 mm into the body. These needles come in a pre-sterilized sealed package and are discarded after the first use.

Does It Hurt?

Most people do not find acupuncture painful, as the needles are very thin. Many describe it as relaxing and fall asleep during treatment. People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; most feel no pain at all. Any discomfort is usually minimal and brief. After the needle is inserted you may feel various sensations ranging from: a vague numbness, heaviness, dull ache, slight tingling or nothing at all. These feelings are all desirable and normal.

Will You Work With My Doctor?

Acupuncture can help people who have not been successfully treated using conventional western medicine. With your consent, we will share information regarding your care with your doctor or health professionals.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments varies from person to person. Most health conditions take more than one treatment to be resolved. It depends on many factors including duration and severity of the complaint. For example, if your condition is acute, 2-5 treatments may completely resolve symptoms, however, if you have been dealing with your symptoms for many years addressing them effectively will take longer. As your health improves, visits can be reduced.

Is Acupuncture Covered By OHIP?

OHIP does not cover acupuncture; however many extended health insurance benefits do cover acupuncture treatments. Contact your insurance provider to obtain details on the extent and conditions of coverage.

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