Acupuncture FAQs

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What Sets Our Clinic Apart From Others?

  • Jarry Liu(R.Ac/RMT) is From 3-generation of  Traditional Chinese Medicine family, Painless acupuncture technique handed down from his ancestors. He has been practicing acupuncture for 22 years in the hospital in China and more than 8 years in Canada. Michael Liang(R.Ac/R.TCMP) is also more than 10 years clinical experience in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. also felmale acupuncturist Cannis Chan(R.Ac) is available. Acupuncture, acupressure, cupping massage, reflexology and herbal medicine are our primary form of treatment for various health conditions. We take pride in making tremendous changes in our patients' life.
  • Free consultation online by text or by Whatsapp (416-655-1311);
  • Online TCM diagnosis service and herbla medicine prescription available.
  • Your treatment is personally custom tailored to your needs. At Oriental Acupuncture Clinic, your treatment specifically reflects your unique individual dynamics. 
  • Home visit service is available depends on the location.
  • Three locations: Scarborough, Markham and Mississauga office 
What is acupuncture?

Based on the principles of oriental medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating and promoting the body’s inherent healing abilities. Acupuncture is effective in treating many common ailments.

Modern science is beginning to verify what acupuncturists have known for thousands of years, that acupuncture regulates the nervous system, the hormonal (endocrine) system as well as boosting the immune system and bringing them back into balance. Increasingly, acupuncture is recognized as a complementary therapy to augment Western medical practices.

Hair thin needles are used on different parts of the body to re-establish the flow of energy, relieve emotional and physical stagnation, and stimulate the immune and endocrine systems.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No, acupuncture rarely hurts. You might feel a momentary prick when the needle goes in, which soon turns into a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. This can only occur if the treatment is comfortable and gentle.

Is acupuncture safe?

As long as it is performed by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded after one use.

What conditions are treated with acupuncture?

The World Health Organization lists more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate therapy:

Digestive Conditions: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, hyperacidity and indigestion

Neurological Conditions: headaches, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinsonís disease, postoperative pain and stroke

Emotional Conditions
: anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness and neurosis

Gynecological Conditions: infertility, menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome

Musculoskeletal Conditions: arthritis, back pain, muscle cramping, muscle pain/weakness, neck pain, sciatica

Respiratory Conditions: asthma, bronchitis, common cold, sinusitis, smoking cessation and tonsilitis

Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat Conditions: cataracts, gingivitis, poor vision, tinnitus and toothache

Miscellaneous Conditions: addiction control, athletic performance, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue, immune system tonification and stress reduction

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a recognized health care treatment covered by most extended plans. You can get it added if not.

Please check with your insurance provider before your appointment to see if the treatment is covered.

How many treatments will I need?

This is unique to the individual. For most chronic conditions, 6 to 8 once or twice weekly treatments tend to offer the best outcome. Some people notice an immediate improvement in their health, while for others acupuncture tends to have a cumulative effect over several visits.

I don’t really have anything ‘wrong’ with me, can I still benefit from acupuncture?

Yes. There is a difference between optimal health and just being free from disease. Chinese Medicine helps bring the body into balance allowing you to function at your optimal state. Boosting immune during cold and flu season, improving quality of sleep and helping relieve stress are just a few of the many benefits that come with acupuncture.

Western Medicine can’t find anything wrong with me but I still have symptoms. Can acupuncture help?

Sometimes people can have symptoms that are at the “sub-clinical” level – meaning they are very real to the patient but do not yet show up on Western lab tests like blood work or ultrasounds. This is no problem for Chinese Medicine, since one’s subjective experience of the problem is a very important diagnostic tool. After all, Western lab tests didn’t exist thousands of years ago when Chinese Medicine was first practiced.

What does a typical acupuncture treatment consist of?

For the first visit, our acupuncturists will inquire about your medical history and formulate a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. After your assessment, you will receive your first treatment.

Follow-up visits will consist of a short assessment and an acupuncture treatment. O
ur acupuncturists will stimulate specific points on your body by inserting very thin, sterile needles into the skin at various depths to promote and restore the body’s balance of energy. This can take up to 5 minutes. After the needles are inserted, they will stay in place for 15 to 30 minutes.*

As part of your treatment, we may recommend a combined treatment with one of three additional techniques of Tui-Na Massage, Gua Sha, or Cupping.

What if I'm afraid of acupuncture?

We can provide acupressure and herbs instead of needles. However, a longer treatment period is usually expected.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?

  • Tongue diagnosis is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Please refrain from brushing your tongue before an appointment.
  • Bring a list of any medications/supplements/herbs, etc. that you are currently taking.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that is convenience for accessing to areas (such as arms, legs, abdomen, and back) of the body for treatments. 

Are there any adverse side effects?

No. Occasionally the original symptoms of your condition may worsen for the first few days following your initial treatment, this is not uncommon. However, it is important for you to inform your practitioner of this reaction at your next visit. Appetite, sleep, bowel, or emotional patterns may also change. This should not be a cause for concern, a change in patterns are a sign that the treatment is working. The most common side effect is deep relaxation during and after your treatment.

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