Patient Information

What We Treat

We take a holistic and individual approach to healing, customizing the treatment plan to each patient.

Conditions that we commonly treat include:

  • Gynecological diseases:
    Irregular menstruation, Dysmenorrhea, perimenstrual syndrome, Perimenopausal syndrome, Endometriosis, infertility, morning sickness, pregnancy low back pain etc.
  • Respiratory system disorders:
    Colds, Coughs, Sinusitis
  • Digestive system disorders:
    IBS, Chronic Gastritis, Chronic Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea
  • Various pain disorders:
    Stiff neck, Headache, Migraine, Neck and Shoulder pain, Elbows and Hand pain, Ribcage pain, Low back and Hip pain, Leg pain, Knee pain, Foot pain
  • Others:
    Shingles, Gout, Vertigo, Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression

Frequently Asked Questions

Is TCM effective?
Western medicine is primarily an evidence (laboratory)-based science, focusing on removing the symptoms using direct methods. Chinese medicine emphasizes a dialectical analysis of the human body as a whole, where it is viewed as a collection of interconnected and interrelated systems. The holistic approach inherent in Chinese medicine shows great potential in treating more complex illnesses. TCM and western medicine operate alongside each other in many countries.
Is TCM safe?

TCM is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced and qualified practitioner. The list of licensed TCM practitioners in Ontario can be found in website of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (ctcmpao).  Ontario regulates TCM under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006.

Is TCM covered by OHIP?
Unlike in other provinces, the TCM professionals in Ontario are not funded by OHIP but many extended health insurance plans cover some amount of these treatments. Patients should check the coverage with their employers or insurance providers.
How does acupuncture feel?
Insertion of the slender needles goes unnoticed by some. To others it may feel like a small pinch followed by the sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, heaviness or even travelling warmth. Some people feel Qi moving at a distance from the point of insertion. Needles remain in place twenty to forty minutes. Usually relaxation accompanies the treatment. Some notice a relief of symptoms or feel more energetic in the days that follow the treatment. Most people are pleased to find that sessions are not uncomfortable and even look forward to them.
How do I take the herbal medicine?
I often use herbal supplements as complementary modalities to acupuncture which works together to provide optimal health and well-being. The herbs come in a powdered or concentrated form. All you have to do is add them to boiling water and drink them.
How does herbal medicine taste?
The taste varies depending upon which herbs are used. Tonic herbs that boost the system are sweet. Herbs that are meant to break up stagnation are sour. Whereas herbs that are to clear heat and inflammation tend to be bitter. These herbs tend to be less pleasant to drink. Most of the herbal medicine are from the root, leaf, stalk or seeds of the plants
How long will the treatment be?

This depends totally on the client, the condition and how long it has been going on for. Generally speaking, more recent, acute issues are quite easy to resolve and tend to take a few weeks. Chronic, conditions tend to take a few months.

How should I prepare for my visit?
New patients should allow approximately 2 hours for their first visit. Treatment begins with an in-depth consultation in order to get a historic view of your medical history, current conditions and lifestyle. The diagnosis to identify the root cause of the symptoms is the most important step in its treatment process. The treatment might include one or a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, Tui Na, moxibustion. You should wear loose-fitting/comfortable clothing for easy access to the most common acupuncture points on the arms, hands, lower legs, feet and back.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests the following diseases are treatable with Acupuncture:

  • Addiction disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back, neck & shoulder pain
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Constipation & diarrhea
  • Depression & stress
  • Facial palsy
  • Gastritis
  • Hiccup
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause & women’s problems
  • Meniere’s disease & tinnitus
  • Neuralgia
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Rheumatism
  • Rhinitis & sinusitis
  • Sciatica
  • Symptoms of stroke
  • Sports injuries

Sources: 1. NIH, Acupuncture, Nov. 3–5, 1997, Vol. 15, No. 52. World Health Organization. Viewpoint on Acupuncture. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1979.