Acupuncture is the art of balancing the body's energy or Qi.

The practitioner inserts sterile, single-use needles, generally thinner than the width of a human hair, into acupuncture points at specific locations on the body. Points relate specifically to an individual’s condition. For most people, this is nearly painless.

acupuncture traditional chinese medicine 1The acupuncturist may also make lifestyle suggestions and prescribe Chinese herbs to help improve the condition. Other techniques, in addition to acupuncture, may be employed by the practitioner as part of the treatment plan. These include; Moxibustion: the burning of herbs on top of needles or directly on the skin, Cupping: the use of round cups that adhere to the body with suction, Tuina: Chinese massage applied to the channels of Qi and/or acupuncture points, Electro-acupuncture: the stimulation of needles with an electric charge. Scalp acupuncture: a therapeutic method which uses acupuncture on the specific stimulationg areas of the scalp to treat diseases with a cerebral (brain) origin. Auricular acupuncture:stimulating certain piints on the ear with needles. Gua Sha: involces firmly rubbing a person's skin with a massage tool to improve Qi and blood circulation. 

The clinical diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are mainly based on the yin-yang and five elements theories. The typical TCM therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong exercises. With acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain areas of the external body. Herbal medicine acts on organs internally, while qigong tries to restore the orderly information flow inside the network through the regulation of Qi. While these therapies appear very different in approach, they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions and insights into the nature of the human body and its place in the universe.

acupuncture traditional chinese medicine 2Acupuncture Protocol

  • A newly developed issue may take 1-3 treatments to resolve
  • A chronic  condition may require more treatments to garner full resolution
  • Treatment time is generally 90 minutes for initial visit and 60 minutes for follow up appointments.

Acupuncture Practitioner

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine training is a 3-6 year program (dependent on full or part time attendance) that deeply explores theoretical and clinical concepts. Students learn foundational philosophies, diagnostic principles and therapeutic techniques and incorporate them with biomedical sciences and other healing philosophies. A minimum of a 2260-hour program satisfies curriculum requirements for practicing in Ontario.

Acupuncture has become a regulated profession in Ontario since 2013. So if you are considering an acupuncture treatment, it is essential that you seek a registered acupuncturist.

acupuncture traditional chinese medicine 3Benefits of Acupuncture

  1. Provides energy, strength and vitality
  2. Boosts the immune system
  3. Help relieve different kinds of pain to decreease the need painkillers
  4. Recover faster with continuous acupuncture sessions
  5. Improve the body’s circulation
  6. Reduces stress symptoms
  7. Preventive medicine qualities