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Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an evidence based medicine and is the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world, dating back to the First Century BCE. TCM seeks to use presenting signs and symptoms to find the pattern of disease and therefore treat the root cause. Treatment therapies in TCM include Acupuncture, Diet and Lifestyle counselling, Cupping, Massage, Herbal Medicine, exercises (Tai Chi/Qi Gong), as well as many other auxiliary techniques.

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE & TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an evidence based medicine and is the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world, dating back to the First Century BCE. TCM’s understanding of the body is focused on the functional entities of the body and their ability to work harmoniously when the body is in a balanced and healthy state, or their disfunction when there is disease or health problems. TCM seeks to use presenting signs and symptoms to find the pattern of disease and therefore treat the root cause. This diagnostic method is rooted in TCM’s idea that in order to understand a person’s health, you must study the functional aspects, rather than the structures themselves. Treatment therapies in TCM include Acupuncture, Diet and Lifestyle counselling, Cupping, Massage, Herbal Medicine, exercises (Tai Chi/Qi Gong), as well as many other auxiliary techniques.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most common and dependable medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe and effective health care. Acupuncture practitioners use thin, sterile disposable needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body in order to help the body’s ability to heal itself. Over the three decades or so in which acupuncture has gained popularity in the North America, it has been proven by an increasing body of scientific evidence to be not only exceptionally safe, but statistically effective as well. The World Health Organization lists 28 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment. It further lists 63 conditions where acupuncture has been shown to be affective, but further study is needed.

 

Fees For services:

60 minute consultation $100 + HST BOOK NOW
45 minute follow up visits
$85 + HST BOOK NOW
CANCELLATION POLICY:
24 hours notice is required for a cancellation, otherwise the full fee for the appointment will be charged.

LATE POLICY:
You will be given the full attention of your therapist for the remainder of your time slot.

Therapist

Jonathan

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Benefits of Acupuncture and TCM:

The following is a sample list of conditions that TCM and Acupuncture can treat:

  • musculoskeletal complaints (for example: back, shoulder, arm, hip, leg pain)
  • postural problems
  • concussions, headaches, migraines, TMJ
  • G.I. complaints (for example: constipation, IBS and acid reflux)
  • respiratory issues
  • anxiety, depression and other mental health issues
  • fatigue
  • acute & chronic pain
  • arthritis
  • sleep issues
  • autoimmune disease (fibromyalgia, etc)
  • pre & post natal care
  • fertility issues
To download a full list of the conditions that the World Health Organization has shown that acupuncture can treat, click here.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR TREATMENT

In your first session, you can expect to go over your detailed health history with the acupuncturist as well as having a discussion about what your needs and goals are. With this information, the acupuncturist will assess the pattern of the issue, and prepare a treatment plan. This will include the number of sessions likely to be needed, although this number may change depending on your response to treatment.

In subsequent appointments, there will be a quick assessment (in order to see what changes have occurred and again, to guide the process), and more time will be spent on treatment.

It’s best to come in with comfortable clothing (yoga/athletic wear or loose fitting clothing). Treatments may include acupuncture, cupping therapy and moxibustion designed to help restore normal function and to facilitate the body’s healing process. Our acupuncturist will explain to you what will be involved in any treatment.

BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENT TIPS

BEFORE:

  • Before you arrive for your first appointment, keep in mind that we’ll need a few minutes for you to fill out an intake form.
  • Be sure you are well hydrated with water.
  • Try not to be over caffeinated prior to treatment
  • Do not consume alcohol or drugs prior to treatment

AFTER:

  • Your acupuncture treatment may leave you feeling somewhat tired and very relaxed.
  • Give yourself an hour after treatment before doing vigorous exercise (to allow your body to let the treatment settle in). Otherwise you are free to go about your day post treatment!

YOUR THERAPIST

Jonathan is an Acupuncturist and Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He values a holistic approach, and seeks to treat the root causes of illness and provide symptomatic relief for people seeking to better their health and quality of life. As a practitioner, Jonathan seeks to create a positive healing environment, where clients can step away from their daily stresses. Through creating a safe and comfortable space, clients can look forward to coming in for treatment as an opportunity to seek relief and get the support they need.

Jonathan’s goal is to empower his clients to take control of their own health, using acupuncture as a tool to get them there! He views role as being a facilitator, allowing the client to drive their own health forward. The client has already made a choice to improve his or herself by coming in for treatment, and they therefore need the tools to help them achieve it.

Jonathan has a special interest in helping people manage stress and related issues, including sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain. Jonathan also has chosen to focus on prenatal health and believes that acupuncture is a great tool for pregnancy related concerns such as nausea, itchiness, threatened miscarriage, pain, depression/anxiety, pre-labour treatment, breach presentation, and induction. Other clinical focuses of his include acute and chronic pain, headaches and migraines, women’s health, fertility, digestion, and fatigue.

Jonathan graduated from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). He is a member in good standing with the College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO) and is registered as both a R.TCMP and R.Ac

FAQS

How soon will I feel better?
Most people immediately feel better with Acupuncture and TCM treatments. Sometimes the patient will see gradual improvement with treatment. Some patients will see no change in their pain symptoms until nearly all of their somatic dysfunction has been corrected. This may take a few visits, so please be patient with your body and your practitioner as healing occurs.

What should I wear for my appointment?
Ideally, for the assessment (and possibly for the treatment) shorts or loose/stretchy pants are worn, and if you are comfortable, a sports bra (for women) and no shirt (for men). Your comfort is very important however, so if you are not okay with disrobing, accommodations will be made.

Do I need a referral from my Doctor?
You do not need a referral from your family doctor to see an Acupuncturist or TCM Practitioner. Please be aware, however, that some insurance companies may require you to have a doctor’s referral for osteopathic treatment to be covered by them. Please check your individual policy for details.

Is acupuncture painful?
For the most part acupuncture rarely hurts. There are, however, typical sensations one might feel during an acupuncture treatment, including: a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Points at the extremities, like toe or finger ends, can sometimes be a little sharp, but the sensation is usually brief.

Are Acupuncture and TCM safe?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most common and dependable medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe and effective health care. There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.

Are Acupuncture and TCM compatible with other types of treatments like massage therapy or osteopathy?
Yes, acupuncture and TCM is very complementary with other therapeutic approaches. If you would benefit from other modalities in conjunction with your acupuncture and TCM treatments, your practitioner may offer you a referral or suggest seeking out said care.

Are Acupuncture and TCM treatments covered by my insurance plan?
Jonathan is a member in good standing of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Please check with your benefits provider for details of your coverage.

Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.

How do I get there? Where do I park?
We are located in the heart of the Junction area of West Toronto at 2968 Dundas St W on the third floor. Our entrance is on Pacific Ave.
By bike: We have bike racks for Breathe students on the opposite side of the building.
By car: There is a Green P parking lot on Pacific Ave just south of Dundas St. Some street parking may be found in the vicinity (1 hr Max) but is difficult to find. We recommend the Green P parking. Please do not park in the No Frills or Sweet Potato parking lots as you will be subject to a ticket.
By bus: From Dundas West station, take the 40 Junction Bus and get off at Pacific Ave.
From High Park Station. About a 15-20 min walk on High Park Ave to Dundas St West and go East 2 blocks. Or take the 30 Bus towards Kipling and get off at Dundas St West and walk East 2 blocks.

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