Toronto Naturopathic Doctor

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Freeing flow, creating balance

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that includes, as one of it’s key components, acupuncture.

The practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are rooted in 5000 years of practice and experience. This experience dictates that the whole of a persons symptoms and signs are used to identify imbalances in their internal energy (described in traditional texts as “qì”), and rebalancing the flow of qì (using acupuncture, and often botanical [herbal] medicines) results in a return to not only physical, but also psychological and emotional health.

Benefits of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and TCM have been used, traditionally, in the treatment of all health concerns, particularly those of a chronic, long-lasting nature.

Amongst other uses, modern medical research has verified the effectiveness of TCM, and acupuncture particularly, in (treatment of):

What to Expect

A typical acupuncture treatment is 30 minutes long. Discomfort is limited to a quick “prick” felt as needles are inserted, and possibly a mild ache (a sign acupuncture needles are inserted to the appropriate depth) over the course of the treatment. Relaxation techniques may be used to increase comfort during treatments.

Treatment is repeated weekly at first, but ultimately treatment frequency is individualized to your response to treatment.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

All our naturopathic doctors are trained in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, but patients seeking acupuncture specifically are referred to Du La, ND, Acupuncturist.

Du has earned a Diploma in Traditional and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto, has completed an acupuncture internship at Mackay memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and is licensed to practice acupuncture in the province of Ontario as both a naturopathic doctor and an acupuncturist.

At Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine we use only sterile, single-use acupuncture needles.

Acupuncture treatments provided at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine are covered by most extended healthcare plans.

Or contact us to arrange an appointment.

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