Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the treatment modalities to successfully treat wide variety of disease conditions. Originating in China, acupuncture is now widely practiced worldwide by health practitioners as a proven, effective and gentle therapy for the treatment of pain and many functional disorders. In North America, Traditional Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions including: headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, asthma, colds and flu, sore throat, sinus problems, addictions, digestive disorders and many other conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Traditional Acupuncture?

Traditional Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles in specific points on the body, with the intent of treating certain conditions. The target structures are based on the examination findings and the aim is to stimulate a healing response directly at the tissue level. Electric stimulation may be added to the needles to amplify the healing effect for a stronger acupuncture healing response.

What can Traditional Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is highly effective for chronic and hard-to-diagnose illnesses, immune deficiency, an over-taxed nervous system, and addictions. It has proven beneficial for

-neck, shoulder and back pain
-joint pain and stiffness
-frozen shoulder
-tennis and golfers elbow
-carpal tunnel syndrome
-TMJ syndrome
-trigeminal neuralgia
-pelvic pains
-chronic fatigue
-sexual dysfunctions
-weight control
-digestive disorder
-irritable bowel syndrome

In treating any Illness or pain, a clinical evaluation is important before any treatment decisions are made. You will be asked to provide a comprehensive health history. This will be taken into consideration to determine if acupuncture is appropriate for your specific needs.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

No, Acupuncture does not hurt. Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel, and are very fine. A properly trained acupuncturist uses specific techniques to perform the acupuncture. Most of the time, you will not even feel a thing when the needles are inserted into your body. Occasionally, you may feel slight discomfort as if being bitten by a mosquito. Once the needles are in place there may be feelings of slightly tighten up, or local heaviness. Most of the patients feel very soothing and relaxed.

How deep do the Acupuncture needles go in?

Typically, the acupuncture needles are inserted to a certain depth of ¼ to few inches. Depth depends on the size of the person and the target structure and location.

Are there risks or adverse effects with Acupuncture?

NO. There is almost a complete absence of adverse effects or complications from the use of Acupuncture. We use sterile, one-use, disposable, stainless steel needles to prevent risk of infection. Clients with pacemakers are not given electro-acupuncture. Pregnant women, people with haemophilia, or those who take blood thinners are treated with caution.

How long are the Acupuncture needles left in place?

Once the needles are inserted, they are left in place for around 20 – 30 minutes, depending on the patient’s condition. During this time, the patient should remain still, relaxed and in a comfortable position.

How many Acupuncture treatments does it take to get better?

This depends on the condition being treated. Sometimes, one treatment is enough to resolve the problem. If the condition is fairly new and uncomplicated, a patient may only need up to five Acupuncture treatments. However, if it is a more serious condition the patient may require anywhere from five to 15 Acupuncture treatments. Some chronic conditions may require more sessions of Acupuncture.

Do insurance plans cover Acupuncture?

Yes. The majority of Canadian workers have partial or full coverage for Acupuncture services in their workplace health care plans. OHIP does not cover these services. The Acupuncture patient is provided with a detailed itemized receipt listing the services provided, the credentials of the treating Acupuncture Provider, as well as payment details for reimbursement.