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  • Are your services covered by Insurance?
  • How long is each session?
    The initial visit is an hour and a half. During this time, we go through a full health history intake, read your pulse and do a tongue reading. Then you will receive treatment. A follow up visit will be 45 minutes which entails a conversation about any changes that may have taken place since the last visit and then treatment.
  • Do the needles hurt?
    Different people experience different sensations with acupuncture. Most feel only minimal discomfort when the needle is inserted. Once the needles are in place, there should be no significant discomfort. Some people report an “achy” sensation in or around the point of insertion.
  • Where will you put the needles?
    Since each treatment is created specifically for each patient and no treatment is the same, the needles will be placed in varying locations, based on the reason of your visit. The needles can be placed anywhere from head to toe, however, if there are areas you would like to avoid, just me let know!
  • Can I do cupping and acupuncture in one session?
    Of course you can! The additional modalities we use during treatment can help provide better results and relief. Let me know beforehand and we can put aside some extra time.
  • Is it safe? Are there any side effects?
    Acupuncture is very safe when it is carried out properly, however, when dealing with needles, there are risks that come along with treatment. All of our needles are a sterile, one-time use disposable needles. Here are a few possible side effects and risks that you may experience during or after treatment: minor bleeding and/or bruising and swelling minor soreness at site of needle insertion temporary aggravation of symptoms (in less than 3% of patients) nausea and/or fainting (can occur in certain patients) possible bent or stuck needles possible perforation of internal organs (ex: pneumothorax)
  • Who can practice TCM acupuncture?
    Only those who are registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) are allowed to: Use the protected title of R.Ac or TCMP Perform the authorized controlled acts: perform a procedure on tissue below the dermis and below the surface of a mucous membrane for the purpose of performing acupuncture communicate a TCM diagnosis identifying a body system disorder as the cause of a person’s symptoms using TCM techniques
  • How does acupuncture work?
    Traditional Chinese Medicine “TCM” (Acupuncture) was originated in ancient China and has a history of over two thousand years. Chinese Medicine uses the theory of Yin and Yang to explain the mechanism of balancing the functions of the body. Acupuncture is the study of energy flow called qi which flows through the body and performs multiple functions to maintain health. When we insert the needles, it stimulates points on or under the skin that releases qi, in which it then travels through channels called meridians. When there is a blockage of qi, called stagnation, we begin to see chronic pain or other imbalances arise, and our role is to correct and balance it.
  • How is Traditional Chinese Medicine different from medical acupuncture?
    Traditional Chinese Medicine handles disharmonies from within, things like organ imbalances, stress, insomnia, skin conditions or even fertility complications. Medical acupuncture is most commonly practiced by chiropractors, massage therapists and physiotherapists, who are trained in using the needles to stimulate trigger points and dealing with superficial ailments.
  • Will acupuncture interfere with my medication?
    Acupuncture will not interfere with your medications; however, acupuncture can be part of reducing and in some cases, replacing the drug. This is not certain in every case.
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