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Uthrive Calgary acupuncturist Dr. Sarah Martins


What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foundations are based on the belief that every part of the body is connected. The theory of meridians allows practitioners to affect functions and habits within the body that are dysfunctional to the operation of a healthy system. A TCM diagnosis is inclusive of all presenting symptoms and draws a conclusion about the root cause of the pathology.


Inserting acupuncture needles into the meridian pathways is an efficient way to communicate to the brain what is wrong in the body. When this beacon is placed, the brain has an opportunity to focus its energy on healing what is damaged. This all-encompassing approach to disease allows for a well-rounded and subtle rehabilitation that comes naturally to the human body. 


Modalities used for treatment can be exclusive or combinations of needle insertion, slide cupping, diet therapy, or heat therapy.

TCM Hours

Monday - Wednesday 9am - 5pm

*Note: Please call reception for specific appointment requests* 


Acupuncture needling involves the gentle insertion of 4 - 12 needles for a resting period of 20 - 40 minutes. While the needles are sitting the patient is encouraged to rest, listen to music or sleep. This process can treat a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to:


  • sleep disturbances

  • anxiety/stress

  • infertility/threatened miscarriage

  • fatigue/exhaustion

  • migraines/headaches

  • nasal congestion/sinus pressure

  • menstrual pain/lack of menses

  • irritable bowel syndrome/bloating

  • movement disorder/pain

Uthrive Calgary acupuncturist Dr. Sarah Martins


Fire cupping is a TCM technique used to remove toxins and waste from the body. A flame is used to burn up the oxygen within a glass cup before it is placed on the body, the suction created draws old blood and fluid towards the body surface so the lymphatic system can discharge it. Sometimes a cup is dragged along the surface of the skin, using a lubricant, to allow the fascia and muscles to stretch and elongate. 


An old Chinese theory states "where there is flow there is no pain, where there is pain there is no flow." All Chinese treatments are curated to ease the flow of qi inside and outside of the body.

Uthrive Calgary acupuncturist Dr. Sarah Martins fire cupping


Not sure what to book? Below is a guide to help you decide which appointment is right for you.

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Your Gateway to Acupuncture Wellness

30-minute acupuncture session designed to address your immediate health concerns, offering a practical step to get you back to feeling pain-free and balanced.


 If you're new to acupuncture or just need maintenance, click below to book your Essential Balance session now.

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Where Science Meets Ancient Wisdom

45-minute fire cupping session designed to reduce tension in your neck, shoulders, and back, combining time-honoured techniques with a modern understanding of muscle relief.

Unwind and release the tension with the Premium Fire Cupping Treatment—book your session below.

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Ultimate Mind-Body Rejuvenation Experience

60-minute session designed to delve deeper into your wellness needs.

Whether it's multiple issues or one that's more complex, we have the time and techniques, including both needles and cupping, to meet them head-on.

Seeking comprehensive care for your health concerns? Book below!

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Emotional Healing Therapy

75-minute highly personalized and comprehensive session designed to find help you find peace and calm in your life again.

Dr. Martins takes a compassionate and intuitive approach to uncovering the root causes of emotional distress, providing targeted treatments along your spine's meridian lines to foster release and healing. 


Navigating emotional challenges? Discover the restorative power of the Elevated Balance treatment—book your session below.

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