Description of the services

  • Acupuncture
This technique consists on the insertion of very fine, sterile and single-use needles placed in specific acupuncture points to assist in re-balancing organ and bio-mechanical disharmonies. There are a total of 367 acupuncture points within the body, with proven effects on a large range of conditions. The insertion of the needle is painless. A Chinese Acupuncture consultation includes physical examination, diagnosis and treatment planning. 

  • Electoacupuncture
Acupuncture needles are inserted and then small alligator clips are placed on the needles. The small electric current operated machine is then turned on and micro-current stimulates the acupuncture point. The electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles and reduces inflammation and releases endorphins. It is considered to be especially useful for chronic pain syndromes or less sensitive body areas. This is similar to the TENS unit that physical therapists use.

  • Ear Acupuncture - Auricular
This technique involves inserting needles into specific points on the ear. Stimulating these points is thought to promote healing in other areas of the body. If these points often require to be stimulated, small black seeds from the Vaccaria plant are secured on the ear with a piece of adhesive tape over specific acupuncture points. The seeds (also known as ear seeds, beads or pellets) stimulate the point by exerting mild pressure. The seeds can be left on for up to 5 days, even with showering, sleeping, swimming etc. They may fall off sooner, depending on where they've been placed. After 5 days of wear, remove seeds and allow the skin to rejuvenate for 24 hours before replacement.

This technique has been proven to be an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches and allergies to addictions (e.g smoking, alcohol or drugs), weight loss and pain disorders.  

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
This method consists on the prescription of herbal formulas consisting of 5-15 herbs that are individualized for each patient’s condition.  Prescriptions are usually provided for chronic conditions: to refill an internal deficiency. A Chinese Herbal consultation includes physical examination, diagnosis and treatment planning. It does NOT include the cost of the herbal prescriptions.

  • Moxibustion
This is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort on particular points on the body. The mugwort  is a dried herb that is packed tightly into a compacted roll that looks like a large cigar called Moxa. It is burned on or very near the surface of the skin. It is used to warm acupuncture points and accelerates the healing process.

  • Gua Sha
This technique consists on rubbing of the skin with a jade tool to facilitate the circulation of blood. It is often used to treat muscle pain and tension which the skin is scraped to produce light petechiae. The petechiae is a medical term for red spots and it's painless. In young people with healthy, vital circulatory systems, petechiae fade very quickly (it's often nearly gone after 24 hours). In older individuals, with sluggish circulation or in cases of long-standing pain, the petechiae may take nearly a week to fade completely.

  • Cupping
This technique consists on the use of special glass cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. This increases circulation and release deep rooted lactic acid.  People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

  • Medical Massage Therapy - Tui Na
Tui Na means "Pitch and Pull" refers to a wide range of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapeutic massage and body work. It is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a medical treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony. Massaging techniques to activate channel and organ systems.

  • Dietary and Lifestyle advice
Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in the Ancient Chinese Philosophy of Taoism, which also provide Nutritional Counselling and Lifestyle advices based on Tao/Dao. The counselling is usually included as part of the treatment with no additional cost: specific foods can be added or avoided to help strengthen the body. Each recommended food is customized for the patient.  Also tips to help you live at your best are always provided.