Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), also known as Oriental medicine, is a medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. It is based on the belief that qi (the body's vital energy) flows along meridians (channels) in the body and keeps a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health in balance.

TCM aims to restore the body’s balance and harmony between the natural opposing forces of yin and yang, which can block qi and cause disease. TCM includes acupuncture, diet, herbal therapy, meditation, physical exercise, and massage. 

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Vivian Law

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture


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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, sterile, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands. It is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways and meridians, these pathways create an energy flow (qi) through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of qi, thereby improving health.

Does acupuncture hurt?

It shouldn’t hurt but some individuals may experience different feelings in certain points than others.

Are TCM/Acupuncture treatments typically covered by OHIP?

No, TCM and acupuncture treatments are not typically covered by OHIP but are often covered by extended benefit plans. We always recommend checking your plan to be sure.

Do I need a referral for TCM/Acupuncture treatments at the Adelaide Health Clinic?

No, you do not need a referral for TCM and acupuncture treatments at the Adelaide Health Clinic.

Is the Adelaide Health Clinic accepting new patients for TCM and acupuncture?

Yes! Our practitioners are happy to welcome new patients. Please call our reception or click here to book an appointment.

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    Non-members and members of the Adelaide Club are welcome
    *Evening appointments are ONLY available for Family Medicine Telephone appointments.