Acupuncture

acupunctureAcupuncture is regulated profession in the province of Ontario. If you are considering acupuncture treatments, it is essential that you seek a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac),  to ensure that the practitioner has sufficient experience and training background.  Dr. Le is a Registered Acupuncturist with CTCMPAO, with over 12 years of clinical experience in medical and cosmetic acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where very thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body.  It is a healing technique used over thousands of years, and based on the Eastern medical philosophy that illness or pain is caused by blockage of Qi (energy) of meridians (pathways) throughout the body.  Needles are placed at specific points in different meridians to change the flow of Qi, to stimulate healing and to remove pain.  Traditional Chinese Medicine uses these fine needles to treat conditions such as that of back pain, headaches, joint pain, insomnia, anxiety and cessation of smoking.  Scientific research suggests acupuncture to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in the body.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized an extensive list of diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture.  This list includes:

  • Headaches (migraines, tension)
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Digestive disorders (constipation, diarrhea, IBS)
  • Gynecological conditions (PMS, cramps, menopausal symptoms)

For a complete list of symptoms and conditions, please visit The World Health Organization.

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture is where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles.  As with traditional treatments, needles are inserted on specific points along the body.  The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips.  The device is used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated.