Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine (often called Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM)- is a holistic medical system that’s been used for thousands of years. It’s a poetic, philosophical medicine grounded in practicality, logic, precision, and intuitiveness. I’m honoured to practice acupuncture with in a Chinese Medicine framework.
3 styles of acupuncture I practice
Acupuncture can help to address a variety of issues including: digestive issues, muscle tension, pain and injuries issues surrounding sleep, mental health disorders, auto-immune and neurological disorders.
Offered in 1 hour appointments, acupuncture treatments are often combined with cupping, moxibustion or gua sha to to help relieve stress and improve outcomes of the treatments
Focussing just on the face, this treatment is great for those wanting to improve their acne, facial puffiness, redness, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also used for migraines, and local numbness from injuries or neurological conditions.
Offered in 75 minute treatments, this treatment often includes facial Gua sha and cupping which adds a relaxing feel to the treatment.
NADA is an acupuncture protocol where 5 needles are placed on specific points of the outer side of both ears. It’s used to to help those dealing with anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction, cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Originally it was practiced in a community setting while people sat in in a circle meditating. Today during covid restrictions,I offer it as an adjunct during an acupuncture appointment
How Does Acupuncture work?
During an acupuncture treatment, thin needles are inserted at strategic points of the body along meridians (energy pathways). The stimulation of these points corrects the movement of blood and Qi (energy) within the body. This supports the body to operate more effectively.
In modern terms, acupuncture works by correcting muscle and fasciae adhesions, circulating blood, stimulating endorphins, regulating the nervous system. Working on a multitude of systems simultaneously allows for multiple improvements for addressing health concerns
Is it safe?
You bet. Single use needles are used every time. I’m registered under the regulatory body: CTCMPAO (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of Ontario. Before legally being able to practice, all acupuncturists including myself pass two board exams and an additional safety exam. Your’e in good hands.
Is acupuncture covered under insurance?
Benefits/insurance packages vary with most plans offering at least some coverage for acupuncture treatments. I provide an acupuncture receipt which you can send to your insurance provider for reimbursement of payment. Insurance companies offer coverage for registered acupuncturists under the designations: R.TCMP, R.ac .
Do you offer direct billing?
I do offer direct billing while at The Regeneration Station where I work on Wednesday’s and Thursdays.
What can I expect during a treatment?
During your acupuncture appointment we start with a brief chat, also known as an intake, where we go over your health goals, discuss some of your health history, and I offer some dietary or lifestyle suggestions that you can implement on your own, in between treatments. From there, I put in some acupuncture needles in and you rest with the needles in for anywhere between 15-45 minutes. Additional modalities such as cupping, moxibustion or gua sha may be used during the treatment (offered on a case by case basis depending on your condition or what your preference is that day).
Is there anything I should do before or after a treatment?
Make sure to eat a snack,1 hour before your treatment, as its not advised to receive acupuncture on an empty stomach. After, make sure your bundled up (if its cold or windy outside) and chug a bit of what’re when you get home.