Acupuncture has helped billions of people over the past 5000 years. Acupuncture helps relieve signs and symptoms of many health conditions. In addition, the diagnostic methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uncover the underlying root cause(s) of these conditions. The goal of this ancient health care system is the activate the body’s natural self-healing abilities. It also supports and strengthens the body to prevent future illness and disease

Acupuncture is a safe, natural, effective and drug-free treatment providing the perfect way to get well and stay healthy.

  • How Does Acupuncture Work?
  • What is Qi?
  • What are meridians?
  • What causes illness and disease to occur?
  • How does an acupuncturist diagnose illness?

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Nikola Tesla showed us that everything is made of and radiates energy. He proved that magnetic energy is the basis for all phenomena in the Universe. This subtle form of energy supports, shapes, energizes and activates our body, mind and spirit. For the past 5000 years practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine refer to this intelligent energy, or “life-force,” as Qi (pronounced “chee”). In addition to ancient Chinese culture numerous other cultures have described this life-force energy by various names: prana, baraka, pneuma, spirit, wakan, material force, vital force, orgone, ether and ruach.

What is Qi?

Qi is the root of a human being.

Qi is the vital energy in all living things, from the tallest tree to the smallest cell.

Qi is a combination of energies mixed together from our food, air and inherited constitution.

Qi provides the power to accomplish everyday activities.

Qi is necessary for growth, development, movement, maintenance of body function and temperature, provides protection against illness and disease and provides for the overall regulation of our body.

Therefore our health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.  

What are meridians?

Wherever water flows it carries water which provides nourishment and sustenance for all life on our planet. In a similar fashion acupuncture meridians are like rivers of energy where Qi flows throughout the body. Qi flows through meridians is an invisible current thus energizing, nourishing and supporting every cell, tissue, muscle, organ and gland in the body.

What causes illness and disease to occur?

The stresses of daily life affect the quality and flow of Qi. Different stresses affect meridians and organs in different ways, thus disrupting or blocking the flow of Qi. For example, if a garden hose is blocked it cannot provide an adequate supply of water for the plants. Eventually the plants will be unable to grow, thrive, blossom and reach their full potential. Likewise a blockage in the meridians will effect the flow and supply of Qi required to support and nourish the sells, tissues, muscles, organs and glands. These blockages then manifest into various signs and symptoms of disease and illness. Over time the body becomes weakened and unbalanced, thus compromising it;s natural self-healing abilities. The body then becomes more susceptible to pain, disease, stress, anxiety and poor health.

How does an acupuncturist diagnose illness?

An acupuncturist develops keen diagnostic skills to effectively evaluate the quality, quantity and balance of Qi flowing within the body.

    • Acupuncture

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    The gentle insertion of very fine, disposable, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the meridians throughout the body. The needles result in physiological responses in the brain and hormonal activity, connective tissue, blood pressure, heart rate, and the immune system. They also exhibit a variety of unique bioelectric and biochemical properties.

    • Auricular Acupuncture

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    The external surface of the ear or “auricle” is stimulated to alleviate pathological conditions present in other parts of the body. Ear acupuncture points are stimulated using small acupuncture needles, “press” needles or subcutaneous electrical stimulation. Auricular therapy is especially effective for treatment and detoxification of various addictions, including alcohol, nicotine and various recreational drug and substance abuse. Auricular acupuncture is also an effective treatment protocol for food addictions and weight loss.

    • Scalp Acupuncture

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    Acupuncture applied to the scalp provides excellent improvement with diseases associated with cerebral damage, such as Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia and stroke. Its application can be applied to all conditions of both the central and peripheral nervous system

    • Acupressure and Tuina

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    A message technique that stimulates the acupuncture points and meridians in order to facilitate the flow of Qi.

    • Electro Stimulation Acupuncture

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    In electrical stimulation, or e-stem, acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe and gentle electrical current.

    • Laser Acupuncture

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    Medical class lasers can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and break up soft tissue adhesions.

    • Cupping

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    Using glass, bamboo or plastic cups to create a vacuum to increase warmth and circulation.

    • Gua Sha

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    A gentle scraping of the skin surface using a Gua Sha tool to increase circulation.

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Additional Traditional Chinese Medicine Modalities

In addition to needling points on the body a number of additional modalities may be used by acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners to facilitate and speed healing depending on the needs of the patient.

  • Chinese Herbology

    Chinese herbal medicine is the art of combining medicinal herbs into a formula for treating specific conditions. Each herbal medicine prescription is a combination of various herbs tailored to the individual patient and based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Each individual herb is classified in terms of therapeutic action, temperature (hot, warm, neutral, cool, cold), and taste (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, salty). Formulas are administered in various formats, including herbal teas, tablets, powders, tinctures and tea-pills.

  • Moxibustion

    This is a traditional TCM therapy where dried Artemisia Vulgaris (mugwort) leaves are rolled into a stick or cone. These Moxa sticks or cones are placed on, or close to the skin, or placed on the ends of needles. Once lit therapeutic heat is generated thus raising the level of Qi t the area being treated. While the treatment is applied to a local area the therapeutic effect covers the entire body.

  • Chinese Nutrition

    All foods including spices are classified in terms quality (for example, damp, dry, greasy), temperature (hot, warm, neutral, cool, cold) and taste (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, salty). Chinese nutrition is unique in that it looks at the individual and their patterns, with specific foods are used to strengthen, rebuild and balance the body. For example, a person who has excess heat wouldn’t be given cayenne to boost their metabolism. Herbs and spices that are hot in property would only exacerbate a person’s heat, dry out, and congeal the fluids in the body. Conversely, someone with excess cold wouldn’t be given salads, raw veggies, and cold drinks as these foods would only worsen their condition. 

  • Qi Gong

    Like acupuncture Qi Gong is based on the concept of Qi, which is the vital force that flows through the body along specific channels or meridians. Qi Gong utilizes the combination of graceful movements, stillness, breathing and visualization to release stagnant Qi and to collect vibrant Qi from nature and the Universe.

  • Tai Chi

    Also called Tai Chi Chuan is a series of self-paced system of gentle physical exercises and stretching that help develop harmony and balance, and promote health and longevity.
    Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that the body is in constant motion. Tai chi has many different styles with each style emphasizing subtle variations in tai chi principles and methods.

  • Far Infrared Light Therapy

    Far Infrared Light is invisible to the naked eye. It penetrates deep into the skin, affecting the surface muscles and fascia while gently elevating the body’s surface temperature. Far Infrared Light is very relaxing and helps reduce muscle tightness, tension and pain by stimulating the flow of Qi and blood.

TCM Diagnosis involves four main techniques:

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    Pulse Diagnosis

    Over 26 subtle variations in the quality of the pulse are felt at three different positions and depths of each wrist.

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    A person’s appearance, demeanor and tone of voice give excellent clues as to the state of one’s health. Of particular importance is tongue diagnosis where the color, shape and size of the tongue provide vital clues about a person’s internal health.

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    By asking questions, information is gathered about past medical history, as well as the present health, lifestyle and emotional state..

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    Physical Examination

    Palpation of specific areas and acupuncture points reveal imbalances.

Commonly Treated Conditions A - Z

  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Mass
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acne
  • Addiction
  • Allergies
  • Alternating Chills & Fever
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anthrax
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Aphtha
  • Apoplexy
  • Arthritis
  • Ascariasis
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Hyper-active Disorder (ADHD)
  • Aversion to Cold with Chills and Fever
  • Aversion to Heat no Chills
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Bi Syndrome
  • Blood Disorders
  • Breast Lumps
  • Bronchitis & Pneumonia
  • Burning/Itching Genitals
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Chest Pain (Bi)
  • Chills, Severe
  • Cholesterol, High
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Coldness in External Genitalia
  • Colitis
  • Common Colds & Flu
  • Conjunctivitis (acute)
  • Constipation
  • Consumption
  • Cough
  • Covid-19
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Dyspepsia
  • Ear Infection
  • Edema
  • Emaciation
  • Emotional Problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Eye Diseases
  • Extremities, Flaccid
  • Extremities, Stiff
  • Facial Palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Feet Pain
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Fertility
  • Fever
  • Fibroids
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Five Center/Heart Heat
  • Flaccidity Syndrome (muscular)
  • Flu (and Colds)
  • GERD
  • Glaucoma
  • Goiter
  • Gums, Bleeding
  • Gums, Sore
  • Hay Fever
  • Headache (all types)
  • Heartburn
  • Hot Flashes
  • Hypertension
  • Hypochondriac Pain
  • Icterus Neonatorum
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Infantile Convulsions
  • Infantile Paralysis
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Involuntary Head Muscle Twitching
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Joint Pain
  • Labor / Breech Birth
  • Low Back Pain (acute & chronic)
  • Low Back Weakness
  • Lumbar Muscle Sprain (acute)
  • Lung Abscess
  • Measles
  • Men’s Health
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Disorders & PMS
  • Migraines
  • Morning Sickness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Mumps (Childhood)
  • Myopia
  • Nausea
  • Neck, Flaccid
  • Neck, Pain & Stiffness
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurosis
  • Night Sweats
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain (all types of acute and chronic pain)
  • Palpitations
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Pediatric Abdominal Pain
  • Pediatric Anorexia
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Cough
  • Pediatric Diarrhea
  • Pediatric Otitis
  • Pelvic Inflammation
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Phlegm-Retention Syndrome
  • Post-Partum Aching
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Vaginal Bleeding
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Retardation
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rhinitis & Sinusitis
  • SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • SARS
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder, Pain/Frozen
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sore Throat
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sterility
  • Stomach Ache
  • Stress
  • Stroke
  • Tendonitis, Hand & Wrist
  • Tenesmus
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tidal Fever
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ Pain
  • Tooth Ache
  • Torticollis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infections & Disorders
  • Vaginal Yeast
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vitiligo
  • Vocal Cord Tumor
  • Vomiting
  • Whooping Cough
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What is the scientific research supporting acupuncture?

Scientists and doctors have come up with various theories to explain the benefits of acupuncture. These are but a few of the more common theories:

  • Neurotransmitter Theory

    Acupuncture stimulates the release of specific neurotransmitters that affect immune system function.

  • Autonomic Nervous System Theory

    Acupuncture stimulates brain and endocrine glands to release norepinephrine, acetylcholine and several types of opioid-like substances called endorphins which affect changes in the autonomic nervous system and reducing pain.

  • Gate Control Theory

    Acupuncture activates specific receptors that inhibit the transmission of painful stimuli.

  • 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.

  • Blood Chemistry Theory

    Acupuncture can both raise and diminish peripheral blood components, thereby regulating the body toward homeostasis.

  • Why acupuncture?
  • Is acupuncture safe?
  • Are the acupuncture needles disposable?
  • Do acupuncture needles hurt?
  • How many treatments will I need?
  • What education does an acupuncturist receive?
  • Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

Why acupuncture?

Today acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care. When most people think about acupuncture they are familiar with its use for pain control. However, acupuncture has a proven track record for treating a variety of circulatory, endocrine and systemic conditions. Acupuncture and modern medicine, when used together, have the potential to support, strengthen and nurture the body toward health and well-being.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes! Acupuncture has been used for well over 5000 years to help billions of people get well and stay healthy without drugs or surgery. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada have approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed acupuncture practitioners.

Are the acupuncture needles disposable?

Acupuncturists follow strict safety guidelines and use only sterile, non-toxic needles labeled for single use only.

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Naturally many people associate needle pain with their past experience with hypodermic needles. You can fit up to 10 acupuncture needles inside the tip of one hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are tiny, thin and flexible, about the size of a cat’s whisker. Once the needles are inserted, some patients experience a mild ache or tingling, along with a mild sensation of fullness. There is generally an increased sense of relaxation. These are all quite normal and suggest the treatment is working.

How many treatments will I need?

Each patient is different. The initial phase of the treatment plan is usually between 4-10 visits. The length of the treatment depends on how long the condition has been present and how quickly the patient responds to treatment. Generally if a condition is more acute patients respond more quickly than if it’s a chronic condition.

What education does an acupuncturist receive?

Education and training programs range from 2-4 years, including internship. Course lengths vary depending is the student is studying to become proficient in only acupuncture or in all the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

Yes! Most of the major and minor insurance carriers in Canada allow for the treatment of acupuncture when provided by a licensed acupuncturist. Members of MARA receive the designation Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.). This accreditation is recognized by insurance carriers in order to register for direct billing of acupuncture treatments.