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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 & Friday 10am - 3pm

Tuesday & Thursday 12pm - 5pm


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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This initial 45-minute appointment is to assess your complaints, treat your concerns, and create a treatment plan that is best for you.

If you have not seen Dr. Martins before, this is the appointment for you.

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This 45-minute appointment is for all subsequent treatments. It can include cupping, needling, and/or electro-acupuncture.


Package discounts are available when multiple bookings are expected, please refer to the reception at Uthrive for more information.

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