Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture FAQ
What is Acupuncture and How Does It Work?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine that involves inserting sterile filiform (thread-like) needles in specific acupuncture points in the body to help reduce pain, speed up healing and improve the function of organ systems. It works by activating the bio-energy or “Qi” of the person’s body to release certain chemicals that promote natural healing.
Good health requires the smooth flow of energy, known as "Qi", throughout the body. This is facilitated using acupuncture treatment and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including dietary principles and herbal medicine, to help balance and strengthen your organ systems. Traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis are used to assess imbalances and guide appropriate treatment.
There are twelve channels or "meridians" running through your body, connecting to the internal organs. Acupuncture, which is the insertion of very fine needles at specific points along these meridians, influences physiological functioning of the body, promoting relaxation and restoring optimal flow of energy to the organs.
Acupuncture can be effective for many types of health concerns, including:
Musculoskeletal Disorders and Pain, such as acute spine pain and periarthritis of shoulder
Circulatory Disorders, such as high blood pressure and anema
Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as ulcers, gastritis and irritiable bowel syndrome
Eye, Ear, Mouth, Nose, Throat Disorders such as hay fever and Temporomandibular (TMJ)
Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders such as morning sickness, nausea and vomiting
.... and much more!
What Can I Expect With Each Acupuncture Treatment?
First, a thorough initial consultation will be performed to identify the underlying causes of your problem. This includes meridian palpation on the body followed by a tongue and pulse analysis. You will then receive a Chinese Medicine Diagnosis and a point prescription that will target your major concerns as well as address your constitutional imbalance. Based on your diagnosis, Maria will decide the style of acupuncture you will need and decide whether a back or front treatment will be needed. The needles are kept in for about 30 minutes. When you’re finished, you may feel relaxed, euphoric or have increased energy.
Is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture Covered By Insurance?
Yes. As you may know, as of April 1, 2013, TCM and acupuncture is now regulated in Ontario. Only Licensed Acupuncturists, such as our practitioner, Maria, are reimbursed by insurance if you have coverage for acupuncture.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
The sensation of acupuncture varies from one person to another. Upon needling, the sensation of Qi or “De Qi” (the arrival of Qi) can vary from a numbing, tingling or mild throbbing sensation, and sometimes heat. Your reaction to the needle is also a helpful diagnostic tool for us to know your body better.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments will vary depending on your concerns. Acute conditions can resolve in 3-4 treatments. More chronic or reoccurring conditions may take longer and may need a treatment protocol of 6-8 weeks.
How Much Does Each Treatment Cost?
The initial visit (consultation and treatment) is $100. Subsequent treatments are 45 minutes and cost $80 or 60 minutes and include additional services such as cupping therapy. Our 60 minute sessions cost $100.
What Is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is a traditional form of therapy that uses glass, plastic or silicone cups that creates a vacuum-like suction. When muscles are in pain and achy, it is likely that blood, oxygen and nutrients are not flowing freely in that area and have accumulated toxins. Cupping therapy is used to dispel stagnation of metabolic wastes and improve blood circulation. More specifically, it can help reduce swelling, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue. It is also very effective in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.