What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment based
on the Traditional† Chinese Medicine
theory and performed by inserting fine sterile disposable needles at acupoints
(holes that provide gateways that connect bodyís energy channels to universal
energy). This serves to stimulate, disperse, regulate and restore flow of chi (vital
energy or life force).
Is acupuncture a painful treatment?
Contrary to common believe,
acupuncture does not hurt.
What is electro-acupuncture?
An electric current (from the
electronic acupuncture device) which is almost as weak as the bodyís bioelectric
current is supplied to the needles inserted into the acupoints to strengthen
the stimulation of the acupoints and enhance the effect of needling.
What other therapies are commonly used with
Cupping, scraping, Far Infrared
Lamp, acupressure, and tui-na massage.
What is cupping?
This therapy utilizes jars
attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the negative
pressure created by introducing heat in the form of an ignited material.†
Common indications of cupping:
Muscle tension, wandering pain
Common cold, cough, chest congestion
Acute sprain, blood stasis
Diarrhea, abdominal pain
Skin numbness, paralysis or deficiency syndromes
What is scraping?
This therapy utilizes a smooth
instrument (commonly a buffalo horn) and lubricant or herbal oil to briskly,
facilely and repeatedly scrape on skin until purplish red subcutaneous
functions of scraping:
Balance yin & yang
Eliminate toxins & increase circulation
Expel exogenous pathogens: wind, cold, heat or
Activate chi & blood; remove stasis
What is Far Infrared Mineral Lamp Therapy?
Used to replace
traditional moxibustion (burning of Ai-ye) to affect movement of chi.
heat (similar to sunlight) to increase blood flow and oxygen level in cells;
regulate hormone activity; enhance immunity; and provide mental stability.
releases 33 essential minerals to speed healing damaged soft tissues, and ease
painful conditions that are difficult to heal on a permanent basis using drugs
It is FDA approved for the use by general public in
The Chinese have used it for several decades on millions of
people in over a hundred diseases and health problems.
In Chinese hospitals, it is popularly used by
acupuncturists, surgical physicians, and physical therapists.
Other benefits of F.I.R. Mineral
Decrease inflammation & edema
Reduce stress/negative emotions
Removal of toxins
Regulate physiological deficiencies
Prevent overuse injuries
Are acupuncturists regulated in Ontario?
Not yet, but Ontario has started the regulation process
for acupuncture.† The regulatory body
normally takes three to five years to complete a regulation process for a
Is acupuncture covered by OHIP or insurance?
Acupuncture is not covered by
OHIP.† Yet, the majority of workplace
health plans have partial or full coverage for acupuncture.† We provide detailed receipts for reimbursement,
and we are happy to answer any questions that patients or insurance companies
Why do patients need to sign for informed
All therapists of health
professions are required by law to obtain informed consent to treatments from
their patients prior to the treatments.†
This is to ensure that patients receive adequate information related to
their health concerns, knowing treatment procedure, benefits, side effects, risks,
and options before they agree to be treated.
Do patients need referrals from their MD for
Acupuncturists do not require a
medical prescription in order to offer you treatments.† However, your insurance or extended health
carrier may require an original prescription from your medical doctor for our
treatments to be reimbursed.