Acupuncture

Balancing the flow of energy throughout the body

Acupuncture refers to the targeted insertion of needles at strategic points in the body to positively influence our overall health.

Overview

Acupuncture utilizes the insertion of needles at specific points in the body.

Benefit

Acupuncture promotes balance in the flow of energy through the body, along with stimulation of the structures within an acupuncture point, including nerves, connective tissue, and muscles.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What does acupuncture treat?

    Acupuncture can stimulate local tissue at the site of needle insertion. This effect can be helpful for managing pain. Acupuncture can also alter the functioning of organ systems within a meridian. Due to these effects, acupuncture may be a helpful component of a treatment plan for a wide variety of conditions, including hormonal imbalances, low energy, insomnia, mood imbalances, circulatory issues, digestive symptoms, lymphatic congestion, and the side effects of chemotherapy.

  • How much does acupuncture cost?

    The cost of acupuncture will vary depending on which practitioner you see, and whether it is an initial or follow-up visit. Our Patient Care Coordinators can provide a quote prior to booking an acupuncture appointment.

  • Is acupuncture covered by MSP or Extended Health Plans?

    If acupuncture is completed within a visit with a Naturopathic Doctor, it will be billed as a naturopathic visit or an acupuncture visit. If acupuncture is completed within a visit with a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it will be billed as an acupuncture visit. If you qualify for Premium Assistance through MSP, you may qualify for a small percentage of your visit cost to be covered by MSP.

    Most Extended Health plans have coverage that can be applied to naturopathic or acupuncture visits; however, most plans have a limit to their coverage per year. We recommend contacting your insurance provider directly prior to your visit to determine your coverage.

  • What are the side effects of acupuncture?

    Rarely, patients report mild side effects such as bruising, swelling, or tenderness at the site of treatment. Due to the systemic effects of acupuncture, some patients report temporary fatigue or symptoms of detoxification - such as a headache, body aches, increased urination, diarrhea - following a treatment. Your Doctor will do a full review of potential side effects prior to your treatment.

  • How many acupuncture treatments are typically required?

    The response to acupuncture varies, depending on the overall health of the patient, severity and chronicity of health concerns. Once you begin treatment, your Doctor will be able to monitor how you respond and provide a better estimate of how many treatments may be required.

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