Acupuncture is one of the central forms of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the use of very thin, metallic needles inserted into the body at very specific points to achieve a therapeutic effect. The extreme thinness of the needles ensures that little or no discomfort will be experienced during the treatment. This process adjusts and alters the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns, and is used to influence the physiological functions of the body, cure diseases and restore overall health.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No, acupuncture does not hurt!

Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel, and are very fine. A properly trained acupuncturist uses specific techniques to perform the acupuncture. Most of the time, you will not feel a thing when the needles are inserted and many patients are surprised to discover that the needles are in place. Once the needles are in place many patients experience a warming, heaviness or tightening sensation. Most patients report feeling very soothed and relaxed during and especially after their treatment.

How Is The Treatment Carried Out?

During the treatment, very fine needles are inserted into the acupuncture points of the body. The needles are left in place for 20 to 30 minutes, manipulated by hands or electrical stimulation. This produces a beneficial effect on other related parts of the body. The number of needles required and the length of time needles are stimulated is very individual and depends on your health problem and your health goals. Your acupuncturist will take these into account to make his best recommendations for care.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Joint pain and stress
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Asthma
  • Tendonitis
  • Weight control
  • Digestive disorder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue

Covered By Insurance?

Yes, the majority of Canadian workers have partial or full coverage for acupuncture services in their work place health care plan. OHIP does not cover these services. The acupuncture patient is provided with a detailed itemized receipt listing the services provided, the credentials of the treating acupuncture provider, as well as payment details for reimbursement.


60 min – $90
30 min- $55