How long do the treatments last?
The initial consultation with the treatment takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. The follow-up treatments last around one hour. Every treatment is allotted sufficient time to provide the maximum benefit to the patient while ensuring their comfort.
Are you a licensed Acupuncturist or Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner in Ontario?
Yes, I am a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.
What should I expect during my first visit?
The first office visit is the most important. We will be going over in length about your health condition, any diagnosis you were given and the treatments you have undertaken. You will also be evaluated according to Chinese medicine. We will cover all pertinent matters to help obtain an accurate picture of your treatment needs. You will be given an explanation of your condition according to Chinese medicine in order to help you better understand and evaluate yourself. We will also discuss the do’s and don’ts as well as any lifestyle, behavior and dietary changes or exercises that can help you. This is followed by the initial treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies from person to person. Most health conditions take more than one treatment to be resolved. It depends on many factors including the duration and severity of the complaint. For example if your condition is acute, 2-3 treatments may completely resolve symptoms; however if you have been dealing with your symptoms for many years, addressing them effectively will take longer. Importantly, you will notice improvements quickly. After the initial assessment we will have a better guide.
Does OHIP or work insurance cover the cost of the treatments?
OHIP does not; however many extended health care insurance benefits do. Speak to your provider to obtain details on the extent of your coverage.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, it is very safe. We use high quality, sterile, single use disposable needles. We adhere to strict clean needle techniques and acupuncture guidelines.
I have had Acupuncture treatments before but what is the herbal medicine about?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that combines several methods of treatment, the most popular being Acupuncture in the west. Realistically, most conditions obtain much better results using both Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture is very effective for some conditions, while others need assistance from herbal medicine. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is a very skillful art that combines numerous herbs tailored for each individual to effectively fight infection, nourish the blood and hormones, reduce inflammation, heal tissues, regulate organ functions, prevent disease and bring the body and mind to a state of balance.
Can I get Acupuncture while I am pregnant?
Absolutely. Acupuncture is a great drug-free way to provide relief from many of the discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as: nausea, severe vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, stress, insomnia, bleeding, heartburn, hemorrhoids, pain (back, joint, and pelvic girdle pain), edema/swelling, sciatica, elevated blood pressure, urinary incontinence, headaches/migraines, constipation, and itching. Acupuncture treatments are also very beneficial after pregnancy, for postpartum issues such as fatigue, depression and anxiety, vaginal discharge, lactation issues (insufficient or excessive lactation, engorged breasts).