Frequently Asked Questions

See answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.


The needles used in acupuncture are several times thinner than the typical hypodermic (syringe) needle, and usually feels like a slight pinch when inserted quickly into the body, so patients do not normally feel much pain. Once the needles are inserted, your practitioner may rotate the needle slightly to increase the therapeutic effect, resulting in a dull, numbing sensation near the insertion point.

An initial acupuncture consultation ($95) includes a consult, treatment, and an additional modality such as cupping or herbs to take home. Additional modalities may be added to an acupuncture follow up appointment for additional $20 each.

The needles used in acupuncture are sterile and are for one-time use only. The risk of infection is minimal when procedures are performed by a licensed acupuncturist.

We recommend that patients do not begin treatment right after a meal, and wait at least 30 minutes after a meal before receiving an acupuncture treatment. Also, on the day after an acupuncture treatment, patients should avoid alcohol or spicy foods, as this helps to disperse the Qi (energy) within the body and will counteract the effects of the treatment.

The amount of treatment sessions needed varies between conditions and individuals. Many patients feel noticeable improvement in their symptoms after 2-6 treatments, while some conditions (such as symptoms associated with diabetes) may require a longer treatment plan. Since the needles stimulate the body to produce its own therapeutic effects, lifestyle choices will also influence the body’s own healing process.

TCM Herbal Medicine

A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis will attempt to identify the imbalances within the body in terms of several dimensions (exterior/interior, heat/cold, deficiency/excess, yin/yang) based on symptoms that you describe and other information that the practitioner elicits from you. Consequently, your practitioner will prescribe a Chinese herbal medicine formula that usually consists of one or more herbs, which will work in conjunction to correct these imbalances, resulting in the improvement of symptoms.

Some patients will report that herbs have an unpleasant taste. Please keep in mind that the herbs are designed to correct imbalances in your body, so try to not focus on the taste. Most herbs consist of naturally occurring plant and animal parts (bark, root, flowers, oyster shells, etc), so they would not have the same satisfying flavour of modern processed foods. It will help if you consume the herbal teas quickly while they are warm, and not too hot.

While some herbs consist of animal parts, such as oyster shell, bone, etc, most of these can be substituted with one or more plant alternatives. If you have any diet restrictions or food allergies please let you practitioner know.

We are happy to accept most insurance providers.

We will gladly work with your insurance company, and we encourage that patients check with their providers to ensure that the requested service(s) are covered

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