TCM Acupuncture
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Cosmetic Acupuncture

What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?

Like its traditional Chinese counterpart, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (CMA) is a method of treating a variety of ailments using a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique. Adapted using modern day knowledge of physiology and anatomy, fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into specific parts of the body and stimulated manually or sometimes with electricity to aid in treatment.

How it Helps

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture has been scientifically proven in the treatment of pain, sports injuries and inflammation reduction. There are dozens of health benefits for a variety of ailments from sciatica to headaches, but CMA also helps to improve blood flow, reduce stress reduction, release pain and improve nerve conduction.


Does it hurt?

Acupuncture is virtually painless. The needles used are the thickness of a human hair, and very sharp. Sensitive people may feel a small prick but most do not. During the treatment you may experience sensations of mild tingling, heaviness, slight soreness or numbness along the areas being stimulated.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by increasing blood flow and energy (ch’i) along specific points to help eliminate and treat disease and restore the natural balance of the body.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has proven to be successful in reducing stress, muscle tension and chronic pain. If the symptom is a result of an energy blockage within the body, acupuncture can encourage the body’s natural healing response.

Are the needles sterilized?

New disposable needles are used for each acupuncture treatment. Most treatments require 4 – 8 needles to be inserted for a period of 15 – 20 minutes.

Is acupuncture covered by OHIP?

Many private health benefits provide coverage for acupuncture but presently there is no OHIP coverage.




What’s the difference between medical acupuncture and Chinese medicine acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture (often practiced by chiropractors and physiotherapists) is often effectively used only to address musculoskeletal pain, whereas Chinese medicine acupuncture can address musculoskeletalas well as internal health issues such as digestive problems, sleep problems, chronic diseases such as diabetes etc. We diagnose all conditions using Chinese medicine theory, such as the principle of Yin and Yang and five element theory to identify the body’s imbalances and treat accordingly. See page 2 for a starter list of medical conditions that Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can treat!

What’s the difference between a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac), Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP)?
Both R.Ac’s and R.TCMP’s can perform acupuncture, cupping, and guasha based on Chinese Medicine diagnosis, but an R.TCMP can also prescribe Chinese Herbal Medicine. I passed both examinations and therefore have two titles!

Does acupuncture hurt?

Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is not meant to cause more harm or pain to the body. The needles are incredibly fine- about the thickness of a single hair. They are meant to slide in-between the tissues and muscles to release any tension and blockages held in the body. There are sometimes fleeting sensations that occur during the needling process, such as a buzzing, rushing, warm, or relaxing feeling. These are normal and indicate that energy flow is being restored. I am gentle with needling, and many of my needle- phobic patients now happily receive acupuncture with little to no apprehension.

Does Acupuncture treat…(insert unknown ailment)?

Chinese Medicine Acupuncture treats a wide variety of ailments that do not have a clear western diagnosis. This is because we are working with a person’s energy, and their innate ability to heal. When we help the body restore and proper energy flow, the patient usually feels better, regardless of how complicated their symptoms are. If they are skeptical yet still curious about treatment, feel free to book them a free 15 minute consult with me.

How many treatments do I need before I start to see improvement?

This varies from patient to patient. For acute, sudden onset complaints such as muscle pain or strains, the sooner the patient comes in for treatment, the better. Patients will usually feel incremental improvement between 1-3 sessions. For chronic or longstanding disease, improvement is usually felt over a longer period of time. The patient may have to come in for regular weekly treatments until the condition improves, and in some cases, regular health maintenance.


Superfine, single-use, sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points to restore proper energy and blood circulation to heal the mind and body. Needles are retained for 15-30 minutes while patient rests comfortably. Acupuncture can treat:

    • Digestive Issues
      Insomnia/Sleep Disorders
      Depression/Trauma Recovery
      Chronic or sudden Muscle tension / pain
      Cancer Support
      Menstrual Pain
      Alopecia Areata
      Concussion Recovery
      HotFlashes / Menopausal care
      Palliative care

Guasha/ Scraping: 

A small, flat jade tool is used to glide over tense muscles and scar tissue to release chronic or acute pain. Great for pain patients who don’t like needles. Guasha can treat:

Muscular pain, particularly back / neck pain
Cough or cold
Facial rejuvenation
A glass suction cup is applied over tense areas of the body to release chronic or acute pain. Best for patients who have a stronger constitution, Jessica can decide during the consultation if cupping therapy is appropriate. Cupping can treat:

Muscular pain
Cough or colds
Headaches / stress

Herbal Medicine Consultation:
A synergistic formula of Chinese herbs are prescribed to heal a patient’s health concerns.Treats:

Headaches / Migraines
HotFlashes / Menopausal care
Digestive disorders