Traditional Chinese Medicine

Registered Acupuncturists (R.Ac or R.TCMP) are skilled health care professionals who apply the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the form of Acupuncture. In Canada, the R.TCMP licensure requires the completion of a 3-4 year (2600 hours) Masters degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine with at least 650 hours of practical clinical training. For more information visit https://www.ctcmpao.on.ca

Acupuncture is a medical practice that originated in China over 3,000 years ago.

The medicine is based on the understanding that health is achieved through balance or as some would say, homeostasis. Symptoms like pain and anxiety indicate that there are imbalances in the body such as dysfunction of the nervous system, circulation, tissue health and/or biochemistry.  Your TCM practitioners will utilize your health history, chief complaint, tongue and pulse diagnosis, as well as general observations and palpation, to establish a Chinese medical diagnosis. A unique group of points that work together will then be formulated to treat the patient’s symptoms and their underlying cause. By treating the underlying dysfunction, we can address a wide range of conditions and many seemingly “unconnected” symptoms in a single treatment. As a preventative medicine, acupuncture can correct minor imbalances before they become chronic or pathological. Preventative care at its best!

Today, the benefits of acupuncture are recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Backed by a large body of scientific evidence and functional MRI evidence of CNS effects, Acupuncture is a wonderfully versatile medicine that can be used by anyone of any age as both preventative and primary health care, and in conjunction with other medical therapies. 

Conditions treated include:

  • ACUTE & CHRONIC PAIN CONDITIONS
  • WOMENS HEALTH (HORMONES, PMS, FERTILITY, MENOPAUSE)
  • PREGNANCY SUPPORT + LABOR INDUCTION
  • MENTAL HEALTH (STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION)
  • HEADACHE & MIGRAINES
  • DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
  • IMMUNITY & ALLERGIES
  • NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

Your acupuncture treatments may include additional therapeutic techniques:

Cupping

The popular cupping therapy has been used for centuries to promote healthy circulation, ease tension and pain, treat respiratory issues, and clear toxins from the body. Cupping uses gentle suction to mobilize non-circulating (or stagnant) fluids such as blood, lymph and cellular waste) away from the site of injury thus creating space for new oxygen and fluids for faster recovery.  We use glass cups to create a suction or pulling sensation over muscular  areas of the body- the sensation is like the inverse of massage. Cupping may leave red markings on the skin that will clear after a few days. 

Gua Sha

Gua means “to scrape or rub” and “sha” are the markings that can appear on the skin during the scraping. We use a porcelain soup spoon to perform the gua sha technique. The spoon rubs over acupuncture points and muscular areas to improve blood flow to an area, treat pain, and stimulate the immune system. A few minutes of gua sha goes a long way to make you feel better!

Moxibustion 

Moxibustion is a warming technique that uses moxa- the dried herb mugwort- to stimulate circulation, treat pain and increase energy.  When burned, it is held above the skin to warm and activate acupuncture points.  

Auricular Acupuncture/Nada Protocol

The National Acupuncture and Detoxification Association (NADA) Protocol is an ear acupuncture protocol developed to help people recover from substance abuse and alleviate withdrawal symptoms. In a NADA treatment, 5 designated acupuncture points in the ear are needled and retained for 30-40 minutes. These points promote organ recovery, balance the nervous system, and treat stress, anxiety and PTSD.  

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Used as a powerful addition to acupuncture, or as stand-alone therapy, herbal medicine provides a means to improve your health on a daily basis. Whether they are used to build internal strength over the long term or to clear out excess issues like colds and flu, phlegm or acute pain, taking herbs is truly an investment in your health. Formulas are selected based on the unique patterns YOU present and are offered in the form of tea pills or powdered granules for your convenience.


Fertility

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be used safely and effectively for fertility and beyond. Your treatments will be nourishing, building, and restful. We would be honored to support you on your path.

Here’s How Acupuncture Can Be Used For Fertility And Beyond:

  • REGULATE HORMONES
  • REGULATE YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
  • PROVIDE IVF AND IUI SUPPORT
  • EASE STRESS + ANXIETY
  • ENCOURAGE CONCEPTION + A HEALTHY PREGNANCY
  • ALLEVIATE 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD TRIMESTER SYMPTOMS
  • HELP TURN A BREECHED BABY
  • PREPARE THE BODY FOR LABOR (AKA “LABOR INDUCTION”)
  • PROVIDE LACTATION SUPPORT
  • TREAT POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
  • PROMOTE RECOVERY AFTER CHILDBIRTH

Your Treatment

Acupuncture treatments support those who are just beginning to family plan as well as those who have a history of infertility or miscarriage. We generally recommend starting with three months of weekly  treatment, after which we will evaluate our progress and revise our treatment plan as needed.

In addition to regulating hormones and boosting fertility, acupuncture stimulates the body to repair and regenerate tissues and blood cells. By doing so, treatments tone the uterus, bring circulation to the reproductive organs, and build a flourishing uterine lining. This helps your get body pregnancy-ready and also assists in your postpartum recovery.

Your acupuncture treatment may include moxibustion and cupping therapy and, if applicable, we will prescribe herbal formulas to enhance your treatment. Our approach integrates both Western and Chinese Medicine, and we are happy to collaborate with whoever you already have on your wellness team.

During pregnancy, regular treatments in the first trimester are highly recommended to support conception and a healthy pregnancy, and to alleviate fatigue and nausea. Acupuncture can be used throughout pregnancy and will help prepare your body for labor and childbirth!


Facial Rejuvenation

Enjoy a comprehensive and effective way to lift and sculpt the face naturally.  

Diminish wrinkles, regenerate skin cells and give your collagen a boost with facial lymphatic drainage and acupuncture.

Benefits of facial rejuvenation acupuncture include:

  • IMPROVED MUSCLE TONE
  • INCREASED COLLAGEN PRODUCTION
  • DECREASE PUFFINESS AND BAGS UNDER THE EYES
  • REDUCTION OF FINE LINES
  • HORMONAL BALANCING FOR ACNE/DRY SKIN
  • IMPROVING OF FACIAL COLOR AND CIRCULATION
  • TIGHTENING OF PORES
  • REDUCTION OF AGE SPOTS 

Your Treatment

Your treatment will begin with gentle facial cupping to distribute blood and nutrients throughout the face and drain stagnant lymphatic fluids.  Next, acupuncture points to balance and boost the body and relax the mind similar to you regular acupuncture sessions (in fact, if we’ve been treating that sore knee or those nagging headaches in your regular sessions we are still able to address these symptoms during your facial session!).  Next, extra-fine dermal acupuncture needles (3mm) are used on the face to focus repair to the to weakened lines (those pesky wrinkles!) along with regular needles to stimulate muscular tone in the face. Your facial rejuvenation treatment will be 75-90 minutes. To achieve optimal results, a series of 10-12 treatments is recommended. Maintenance is recommended quarterly after the initial series.  Individual results can vary, but with regular maintenance treatments can maintain up to 5 years.