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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foundations of belief are thousands of years old, based on the theory of meridians that connect the whole body. A TCM diagnosis is inclusive of all of the presenting symptoms and draws a conclusion that explains them all. It is constructed around the belief that Qi and vital energy surround all things, and that disease or illness is the result of blockages and imbalances in this energy. Acupuncture needles trigger the brain to desist a stress response and focuses it's energy on healing areas highlighted in treatment. This all-encompassing approach to disease allows a well-rounded and subtle rehabilitation that comes naturally to the human body.

Common modalities used in the the treatment are acupuncture, moxibustion (warming therapy), slide cupping techniques, herbal prescriptions, diet therapy, Qi Gong and Ti Chi.


Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is found in ancient systems theory, clinician experience and intuition. It resumes balance to the whole body: the balance of yin and yang, masculine and feminine, thought and emotion, hot and cold, internal and external, as well as wake and sleep cycles.

This practise uses thin needles, tapped into the skin at specific points along a meridian line and done to influence circulation and hormones. These meridians are highways of neurological information that directly stimulate the brain to heal the body.

This process treats a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Fatigue

  • Migraines

  • Dizziness

  • Nasal congestion

  • General treatments of colds and flues

  • Menstrual cramping

  • Raynauds (cold extremities)


Often Chinese herbs are recommended in conjunction with other modalities such as cupping, heat and massage to encourage faster rehabilitation.


Chinese Fire Cupping is a TCM technique that helps with lymphatic drainage and removal of waste from the body. A flame removes the oxygen from the inside of the glass cups to create a vacuum seal, then the cups placed on the body.  The cups are then either left for some time or dragged along the body to free up stiffness. 

The other type of cupping is called therapeutic cupping. It uses soft silicone cups to alleviate tension and stiffness.

Often Chinese Fire Cupping and therapeutic cupping are used together. 


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This 60-minute appointment is an initial acupuncture assessment where our acupuncturist assesses your complaint and create a treatment plan.

If you have not seen Sarah before, this is the appointment you want to book.


This 60-minute appointment is when our acupuncturist treats patients based on the treatment plan.

If you are a regular patient or have seen 

Sarah before, this is the appointment you want to book.