Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body to stimulate specific anatomic sites (acupuncture points or acupoints) to help improve the body’s functions and promote a natural self-healing process.

Adjunct therapies that may be used during these appointments:

  • Electrostimulation acupuncture
  • Cupping – dynamic or stationary
  • Gua sha – a tool rubbed along the skin in long strokes with enough pressure applied to create microtrauma or appearance of bruising.
  • Ear Seeds – tiny stickers with round seeds applied to the ears that provide sustained acupressure to specific acupoints within the ear
  • Infrared heat lamp with anti-inflammatory effects
  • Possible recommendations for Chinese Herbs. Herbal formulas are purchased separately and are not included in the price of appointment.

For detailed pricing information, please visit our fees page.

Acupuncture can be helpful for a variety of concerns, including:

  • Digestion
  • Anxiety and other mood disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Energy and immune health
  • Pain
  • Muscle tension and headaches
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Side effects from certain conventional treatments
  • Skin health

  • Maximizing results

    Acupuncture works cumulatively in a series of treatments, so we encourage you to experience what it has to offer by committing to your treatment plan. Each treatment builds on the last and if your symptoms are returning before your next visit, book in as soon as possible.

  • Frequency and number of visits

    Ideally, we would like to see you at least weekly as long as symptoms continue to improve. This is dependent on the condition being treated and how long you have been experiencing symptoms.

    Acute conditions improve more quickly than chronic. If you have experienced symptoms for more than a year you may not expect to see results until around the 8th-10th treatment and can expect at least a month of weekly treatments for every year you have experienced the symptoms. If your symptoms are more acute within the last few months, you may see more significant improvements around the 4th-6th treatment.

    Once improvements have stabilized, monthly visits are usually recommended to maintain your progress.

  • Preparation for your session

    • Please arrive hydrated and having eaten a snack or meal within the last couple of hours.
    • A gown or draping sheet will be provided if you are required to undress for your acupuncture session.
    • Plan to the best of your ability to be unavailable by electronic device for the duration of your appointment. We strive to make your visit as relaxing as possible.
  • Post treatment instructions

    Be gentle with yourself after your appointment and take it easy!

    • Post treatment care for acupuncture: avoid alcohol, caffeine, heavy exercise and stressful intellectual work for the rest of the day
    • Post treatment care for cupping/guasha: avoid cold wind, hot baths and strenuous exercise as the techniques temporarily strip the body’s protective layer in order to vent toxins
    • Post cupping/guasha skin discoloration is a normal reaction of the treatment and if present, generally resolves within a few days to a week.
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