Traditional Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture is based on the theories and techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been used as a method for balancing the body’s energy (Qi) to prevent or cure diseases and disorders. 

Traditional Acupuncture is the process of inserting very fine, sterile needles into carefully selected points along the body to stimulate the flow of energy and blood, and remove blockages so that the Qi can be dispersed and regulated.  By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.

Conditions Commonly Treated by Traditional Acupuncture

Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for many diseases, symptoms or conditions including:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Menstruation regulation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pregnancy and labour
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress
  • Stroke

What to Expect

For the first appointment, the Registered Acupuncturist will record basic medical history and then will proceed with a TCM assessment and diagnosis which typically includes observation, listening, questioning, pulse taking and palpation.

For the acupuncture treatment, very fine sterile needles will be placed on specific points on the body based on the assessment.  Most individuals experience little to no discomfort, although a warm or aching sensation lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours may be felt around the insertion point.  The needles are usually left in place for 5 to 20 minutes, and then removed.  Acute symptoms may require only two to four treatments; whereas for chronic cases, it is common to have as many as 12 or more treatments. 

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment.  The most common adverse reaction is slight bleeding or bruising at the insertion point.  A small number of individuals may experience dizziness, nausea, or fainting. 

This service is offered at the Kerrisdale location only.

Individuals with pacemakers should avoid electrical stimulation unless approved by their cardiologist.  Hemophiliacs should be treated with caution.