1. Does acupuncture hurt?

Most people are surprised to discover that not only do they rarely feel the needle
being inserted, but they often find the treatment so relaxing that they fall asleep.

The needles used for acupuncture are not the needles used by your doctor to
immunize you. Acupuncture needles are specifically designed surgical stainless
steel pre-sterilized, single use needles with very fine points.

In order to maximize the benefits of your acupuncture treatment, ensure that you
have eaten prior to receiving any acupuncture treatment and avoid any
strenuous physical activity immediately after treatment. Needleless (laser)
acupuncture is also offered.

2. How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments is very much dictated by how long you have suffered
from your ailment. More chronic conditions generally require more treatments
than sudden or acute conditions.

3. What is Chinese herbal treatment?

There are a host of herbs and foods that have historically proven to be
invaluable tools and conduits for restoring the body’s health and Qi. Chinese
Medicine has evolved to accommodate the busy lifestyle of those of us in the
West by offering herbs in an easy to take pill, cream or tea form. Patients find
these herbal formats exceedingly convenient and potent.

Chinese herbal treatments consist of a variety of raw plants, berries, seeds,
minerals, etc. (comprising some 5,767 substances), that are carefully grown,
harvested and prepared. Classical preparation of herbal remedies requires
boiling of raw herbs for several hours on a daily basis. Such preparation is far
too time consuming, costly and unpleasant due to odours and the taste of such
herbal remedies. As such, our clinic offers only pill, cream and tea format.

4. How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture seeks to stimulate an specific acupuncture point which is located
upon a meridian (pathway of energy) which connect all of our major organs.
Chinese Medicine is premised upon the belief that ailments originate when the
regular cyclical movement of Qi (our body’s life energy) throughout our
meridians is impeded or out of balance (an imbalance of Yin and Yang).

By inserting needles into specific areas or meridians of the body, acupuncture
can remove the blockage or imbalance within the meridian which is causing the
illness or ailment.

5. Is Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture expensive?

Not at all. As a result of mainstream medicine now recognizing the benefits of
TCM and acupuncture, and the public’s demand for access to it, most insurance
companies now offer coverage for these treatments. Your treatments then be
handled much like a trip to the dentist; you pay the acupuncture doctor and he
provides you with a receipt which you then submit to your insurer for
reimbursement.

For those individuals who do not have insurance coverage, payment
immediately after each treatment is required. Sorry credit cards and cheques are not accepted.

6. How long are the acupuncture treatments?

Usually patients come for half hour treatments, but hour long treatments are
available, depending upon the treatment necessary and available bookings.

Treatments for addiction with vacaria seeds are generally quicker. Use of the
inversion table require short periods of no more than 15 minutes.

7. I have wrinkles, but I’m scared to go under the knife. Does acupuncture offer
any treatments?

Oriental women have long been admired for their radiant and youthful looking
skin well into old age. Such physical vitality is derived from both eating habits
and Chinese therapies, such as cosmetic acupuncture. My clinic has offered
cosmetic acupuncture treatments for years to both male and female clients with
excellent results. The treatments are exceedingly economical, pain free with no
down time or scarring.

8. Can acupuncture treat addictions (ie. smoking, over eating, alcoholism)?

Acupuncture has proven very successful in addressing addictions via ear
acupuncture using varia seeds (looks like a speck of pepper in ear) or specially
designed ear acupuncture needles. The treatments stimulate specific
acupuncture points to reduce cravings and assist in the addiction cessation
process with no adverse side effects.

9. Does Chinese Medicine offer any treatments for back pain and is it effective?

My clinic specializes in treating individuals who suffer from muscular skeletal
and intestinal disorders, as well as sports injuries (ie. sprains, strains,
concussions, etc.). Acupuncture treatments are exceedingly potent in providing
relief from back ailments, even to patients with herniated discs.

The inversion table also assists individuals suffering from migraines and stress
related conditions.

10. Does Chinese Medicine offer any treatments for skin conditions?

Yes, Chinese Medicine offers a host of treatments for psoriasis, acne, eczema,
etc..

11. Does Chinese Medicine offer any treatment for impotence or reduced libido?

Chinese Medicine has a host of herbal and acupuncture treatments to address
impotence and a reduced libido. Impotence and a loss of libido are generally not
conditions in and of themselves, but symptoms that manifest as a result of
something else. Chinese Medicine seeks to restore the imbalance in the body
that has created these conditions.

12. I am constantly exhausted and no amount of sleep or change in eating habits seem to offer any relief. Can Chinese Medicine offer any relief?

A great majority of my patients come in with this complaint. Generally,
acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbs address such complaints with
significant improvement and a return to a feeling of renewed vitality.

Please note that the foregoing is not an exhaustive list of all of the ailments or complaints that Chinese Medicine can address. Please refer to the subsection in the website that addresses Chinese Medicine modalities.