What is Acupuncture?
Even though acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago, it is not yet fully understood by Western science. Research suggests acupuncture can help relieve pain and can be used to treat many other illnesses, from hair loss to infertility. Very thin needles (about the thickness of a strand of hair) are inserted into the skin at various points that stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue and increase blood flow. This triggers the body’s natural painkillers. Sterile, single-use, disposable needles are always used and the profession is regulated and protected under Alberta's Health Professions Act.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture is one facet of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Moxibustion, cupping, electrical stimulation, Gua Sha, Tui Na and Herbal Prescriptions are also important treatments in TCM. Your practitioner will consider your needs and build an appropriate treatment plan.
What to expect
Be on time. This allows you to maximize your time with your practitioner.
Dress comfortably. Ideally wear clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows and your knees. Shorts and tank tops are available if needed.
Eat. Make sure you have eaten a light meal or snack prior to arriving.
Post-appointment. Try to have a relaxing rest of your day, avoiding drugs, alcohol and vigorous exercising.
Payment. all major debit and credit cards are accepted. Receipts are generated and emailed after your appointment for submission to your insurance company.