+ What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points in the body. Its history dates back almost 3000 years, but some evidence suggests it is much older.
+ How does Acupuncture work?
Points are selected based on what systems need balancing in your body. There are 365 acupuncture points, from head to toe. Points are on meridians (pathways) in the body, on which energy flows. Acupuncture is said to assist the energy to move more freely or change patterns in the body. In Western terms, it has been found to work in many ways, including: reduce inflammation and pain, balance hormones, increase endorphins, relax the nervous system.
+Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. Acupuncture is often compared to a mosquito bite. Some of the points you can feel more than others, but it isn’t painful. Acupuncture does not feel like an injection needle or getting blood drawn.
We are very sensitive to the needs of those who are apprehensive of needles. We will honour and respect if you cannot go through with the treatment. For the record, no one has discontinued the treatment yet, not even children! Most people admit that there were many they could barely feel!
You might feel tingling, buzzing, numbness, or a unique sensation around the points. Most sensations will fade away during the treatment.
+I am having my first Acupuncture treatment. Should I do anything different that day?
Make sure you eat before your treatment. Don’t come on an empty stomach. Having Acupuncture when your hungry can increase the chances of fainting or feeling faint or dizzy. Drink plenty of water that day.
Avoid coffee, caffeine, overeating, and excess sugar before the treatment. This may interrupt your ability to relax.
It is best to avoid vigorous exercise after the treatment. If you need to exercise that day, try to do it beforehand.
+What is it good for?
Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of conditions and symptoms. See our list of what the WHO has recognized Acupuncture for.
+What kind of needles do you use?
Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and made of surgical-grade stainless steel. They are used once and safely disposed of into a biohazard container.
+How often do I need to have treatments?
It Depends. Your Acupuncturist will have a recommendation after your initial consultation.
Generally, once a week is recommended at the beginning of your course of treatments. As your condition improves, you may only need a treatment every 2 or 3 weeks. Once you have improved, you may come in whenever you feel symptoms starting to arise.
Fertility: For women, three to four treatments per cycle are usually recommended. For IVF or IUI clients, contact your acupuncturist to find out when the best times are for appointments.
+Will my health insurance cover Acupuncture Treatments?
Your Health Insurance may cover the treatments. Contact them to see if they cover Acupuncture and ask how much they will cover. Mention what your acupuncturist's registration/association numbers are before the first visit.
You will be responsible for paying for the sessions and submitting receipts to your insurance providers.
Health Insurance does not cover Herbal Medicine.
+What are your fees?
First Acupuncture Treatment: $80
Subsequent visit: $65
+Is Acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Yes, but your Acupuncturist should have at least 3 years of education in Acupuncture. We work with pregnant women and ensure they are receiving safe treatments. Acupuncture can be used for a variety of complaints during pregnancy.
There are acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy, so inform your Acupuncturist if there is any chance you are pregnant.