What is TCM Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic system of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It encompasses a wide range of practices and techniques designed to promote balance and harmony in the body, mind, and spirit. One of the key components of TCM is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique in which thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body. These points are believed to be located along pathways or meridians through which vital energy - known as qi - flows. The goal of acupuncture is to balance the flow of qi and restore harmony in the body. 

When can TCM acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is used by our clinicians at the Adelaide Health Clinic to help patients with the following:

- Pain management: back pain, neck pain, headaches and migraines, arthritis and joint pain, dental pain, menstrual cramps
- Musculoskeletal disorders: sciatica, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia
- Neurological disorders: stroke rehabilitation, peripheral neuropathy, Bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Gastrointestinal disorders: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, nausea and vomiting, constipation and diarrhea
- Respiratory conditions: asthma, allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Psychological and emotional issues: stress and anxiety, depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Women's health: menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, infertility, pregnancy-related discomfort
- Dermatological conditions: acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives
- Cardiovascular conditions: hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain)
- Immunological support: boosting the immune system, allergies and autoimmune disorders
- Cancer care: side effects of cancer treatments (e.g., nausea, vomiting, fatigue), supportive care during cancer treatment
- Addictions: smoking cessation, substance abuse

How long is a typical acupuncture treatment?

Treatments usually last 12 to 20 minutes, depending on the goal of the treatment. However, acupuncture is often administered as part of a full treatment with manual therapy, meaning appointments are likely 45 to 60 minutes in length.

Who can provide acupuncture treatments?

Treatments are provided by licensed practitioners with specific training in acupuncture.

Can I come to the Adelaide Health Clinic only for an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture is provided as part of your treatment, if it is deemed necessary by your healthcare provider during your initial assessment or as part of your ongoing treatment.

It is used in conjunction with manual therapy techniques.

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

The number of sessions you’ll require is determined by your healthcare provider and based on your overall goals and outcomes of the treatment.

Is acupuncture covered by OHIP or my insurance?

Most insurance plans will offer coverage. Please check your individual plans for more details. Acupuncture is not covered under OHIP plans. The Adelaide Health Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Do I need a referral to get acupuncture at the Adelaide Health Clinic?

You do not need a referral to get acupuncture at the Adelaide Health Clinic. Your therapist will assess you and help to determine if acupuncture should be added to your treatment plan.

Is the Adelaide Health Clinic accepting new patients for acupuncture?

Yes! Please call 416-367-5200 or click here today to book your appointment.