WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the oldest surviving a health system in the world, dating back over 5,000 years. It is a SAFE and effective means of treating many health conditions without drugs.
Acupuncture is a health intervention, involving the insertion of tiny, disposable, sterile, stainless steel needles at various places on the body in order to resolve pain, regain one's health or to maintain one's health. In my care, you can expect your acupuncture treatment to be gentle, relaxing and effective. Acupuncture is a time-tested and wonderful way to get healthy and stay that way!
In Quebec, acupuncture is regulated by the Ordre des Acupuncteurs du Québec.
Never tried acupuncture before? Please visit the TREATMENTS section of this website to learn what acupuncture treats and what to expect on your first appointment with me.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
All acupuncture treatments are based upon your individual health needs. Our first meeting lasts up to 1.5 hours. It consists of a 20 to 30 minute consultation where we review your health problem, your goals, your past health history and current situation regarding diet and general lifestyle. I’ll check your tongue and your pulse and if necessary, your blood pressure.
From there I’ll make an energetic evaluation which will allow me to orient each acupuncture treatment for your particular situation. The treatment that follows can last from 30 to 45 minutes.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Generally, the longer you have suffered from a particular health problem, the more treatments you will need. Children and otherwise healthy people respond more rapidly and usually require fewer treatments than adults and those in a weakened state of health.
Some patients require a course of 10 treatments for a satisfactory resolution and others may only need 4-5 treatments.
Please wear comfortable clothing and make sure you’ve eaten before getting acupuncture.
Avoid wearing perfumes or strong scents as other patients may be allergic to these.
BUT DOESN’T IT HURT?
You may be surprised to learn that acupuncture is not painful! Many of my patients remark on how relaxing their acupuncture experience is.
DO YOU USE STERILIZED NEEDLES?
Yes we do. We only use pre-sterilized, single use, disposable needles.
WILL IT WORK EVEN IF I DON'T BELIEVE IT WILL?
Belief has nothing to do with the efficacy of acupuncture. Beneficial results have been demonstrated on both children and animals.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
While most people are aware that acupuncture is very effective for treating muscular and joint pain, many are surprised to learn that acupuncture treats many other conditions. In fact the World Health Organization recommends acupuncture as an effective means for treating over 40 common health problems. Some of the most popular treatments in my clinic are for allergies, sinusitis, fatigue, hot flashes, digestive problems, infertility, anxiety, headaches, stress and facial rejuvenation. Of course, I also successfully treat more familiar pain related problems such as low back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, and arthritis. Because acupuncture was initially developed to ensure the longevity of the Emperor, it is a very powerful preventive therapy. This kind of treatment supports the immune system and is recommended 2-4 times a year just prior to the season's change.