Acupuncture


Women undergoing acupuncture waistAcupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the body to stimulate the meridians in the body’s energetic system. Different points along the meridians are stimulated to balance the flow of energy (Qi) in the body promoting health & well-being. Practitioners may also use heat, pressure (Acupressure), friction, suction (see Cupping), or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate these points. As a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is currently recognized as a therapeutic modality for a variety of health situations.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

To fully understand how acupuncture works, it would be necessary to become very familiar with the basics of Chinese philosophy. Simply put it works by balancing the Qi flowing through the body.

The body contains energy pathways known as meridians, and these meridians can become blocked for various reasons. The acupuncturist helps to determine where these blockages are, and then working to restore the proper flow of Qi, through the use of needles, etc., which in turn restores good health. It has been also been shown to stimulate the immune system, affects the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, secretion of the gastric acid, and production of red and white cells. It also stimulates the release of a variety of hormones which help body to respond to injury and stress.

What Can You Expect From Your First Acupuncture Assessment/Treatment?

Each client is treated individually. We first begin with a thorough evaluation of your medical history . Followed by a pulse and tongue diagnosis and will use this information to determine a personalized treatment plan . This first appointment is usually about an hour long. Subsequent treatments may vary in length. The acupuncturist will discuss this with you as part of the first treatment. Many patients find acupuncture to be very relaxing, and may even fall asleep during the treatment.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The needles are finer than a human hair, and usually no pain is felt upon insertion. That being said some points can be uncomfortable for a second once the needle is inserted, but the discomfort usually subsides immediately.
There is usually no sensation when the needles are being removed.

Where Are Acupuncture Points Located & How Long Do The Needles Stay In?

Acupuncture points can be found all over the body, including the face, head, ears, and feet. The acupuncturist will discuss with you which points will be treated, and will only proceed with your permission. The needles will be left in for approximately 30 minutes.

Do We Use Disposable Needles?

Absolutely! Sterile needles are used only once, and then discarded.

How Acupuncture Can Benefit You?

Acupuncture is best known for its ability to control pain. It can help with problems with any of the body’s systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and pregnancy/gynecology. Acupuncture can also help with depression and other neuropsychological problems, or any problems with ear, nose, throat, skin, and hair. It can also be beneficial for seemingly benign symptoms such as poor appetite or insomnia. It is highly effective for treating addictions (food, cigarettes, drugs), and can help with weight and appetite control.

Acupuncture is safe and effective for many other problems, including, but not limited to:

– Acute Bronchitis
– Acute Rhinitis
– Acute Sinusitis
– Acute tonsillitis
– Acute/Chronic pharyngitis
– Arthritis
– Athletic Injuries
– Bronchial asthma
– Carpal Tunnel
– Cataract (without complications)
– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
– Colitis
– Common cold
– Constipation
– Degenerative Disc Disease
– Diabetes
– Diarrhea
– Fertility
– Fibromyalgia
– Frozen shoulder or Tennis elbow
– Gastritis
– Gingivitis (gum disease)
– Headache and migraine
– Hiccups
– Insomnia
– Mechanical Low Back Pain
– Nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting)
– Osteoarthritis
– Paralysis following stroke
– Pins & needles in hands, feet
– Plantar Fasciitis
– Pregnancy issues
– Repetitive Strain Injuries
– Sciatica
– Sprains, Strains
– Stress
– TMJ Dysfunction
– Toothache, post extraction pain
– Ulcers
– Whiplash

Cosmetic Acupuncture


Facial Acupuncture Treatment DetailCosmetic Acupuncture or Facial Rejuvenation is a non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging, facial rejuvenation is a natural and effective way using acupuncture needles to decrease and eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.

In the process of having the treatment done your practitioner will use the needles both “locally” (on the facial points) and in other areas of your body as the focus for acupuncture is not just to address the problem but also the internal cause of the problem (the imbalance in your Qi).

What are the benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture?

A facial rejuvenation series may take 5-10 years off your face, by eliminating fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It can also help to minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, sagging jowls or double chin and dropping eyelids. It also:

– Relaxes muscle tone
– Increases collagen production
– Tightens the pores, and brightens the eyes
– Keeps acne under control
– Nourishes, moisturizes and oxygenates the skin from the inside out
– Balanced complexion through increased circulation
– A healthy, youthful complexion with a natural glow
– Delays hair greying and loss
– Reduces the look of redness or rosacea

Who would benefit from this procedure?

Facial Rejuvenation benefits anyone who wants to delay the process of aging and wants to look and feel younger. Typically individuals receive the best success in the 20-55 year old range although many clients who are older still notice significant improvement in their looks. Think of acupuncture in general as being a preventative form of treatment working with your body’s natural healing abilities.

What does Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment involve?

Initially you will consult with your practitioner to review your overall health condition. Your tongue and pulse diagnosis will be taken along with an overview of your medical history and lifestyle habits. Since Cosmetic Acupuncture has a cumulative effect most individuals will see significant results after 10 treatments; ideally scheduled twice per week. It is recommended that the client continues with monthly maintenance to ensure the skin remains vitalized and to slow down the process of aging.

Does Cosmetic Acupuncture/Facial Rejuvenation Hurt?

The needles are finer than a human hair, and usually no pain is felt upon insertion. That being said some points can be uncomfortable for a second once the needle is inserted, but the discomfort usually subsides immediately. There is usually no sensation when the needles are being removed. Most of our clients are surprised how relaxing the treatment sessions are and find stress levels reduced with continued treatment.

Where Are Cosmetic Acupuncture Points Located & How Long Do The Needles Stay In?

Cosmetic Acupuncture points are primarily found on the face but trigger points are also used on the hands and feet. The acupuncturist will discuss with you which points will be treated. The needles will be left in for approximately 30 minutes. Your entire treatment lasts one hour.

Do We Use Disposable Needles?

Absolutely! Sterile needles are used only once, and then discarded.

What Can You Expect From Your First Cosmetic Acupuncture Assessment/Treatment?

Each client is treated individually, beginning with a thorough health history taking. Then the therapist will look at your nails, ears, eyes and most importantly the tongue, and will use this information along with your health history to determine the cause of your symptoms and the best treatment. This first appointment is usually about an hour long. Subsequent treatments may vary in length. The acupuncturist will discuss this with you as part of the first treatment. Many patients find acupuncture to be very relaxing, and may even fall asleep during the treatment.

Is Acupuncture/Cosmetic Acupuncture Covered By OHIP Or Extended Health Care Benefits Policies?

OHIP at this time does not provide coverage; however, many extended health benefits packages offer partial or full coverage for acupuncture treatments. To determine if you have coverage, please contact your Health Insurance Company or human resources department.