Acupuncture for Good - Toronto

SERVICES

Clinical Acupuncture

60 min - $100

Clinical acupuncture for initial and follow-up appointment. It includes cupping, gua sha stone massage, and moxibustion. Book this appointment if you prefer to focus on Acupuncture. The initial intake is included in the first treatment, which shortens the treatment by 15 min. still leaves lots of time to have comprehensive treatment, dietary, and lifestyle recommendations.

Acupuncture for Good - Toronto

Cosmetic Acupuncture

60 min - $120

Natural facial rejuvenation, treats acne, fine lines, sagging, rosacea, glabellar lines. Use small facial needles, facial gua sha, and facial cupping. Promotes production of collagen for natural glow and younger-looking. No Botox

Acupuncture for Good - Toronto

Cupping

60 min - $100

Book this appointment if you prefer to focus on Cupping to reduce that muscle tension from an intense work-out or from long hours sitting at a desk. We will dedicate more time to make sure you have comprehensive cupping, and we will include some acupuncture to maximize the treatment.

Meet Maria Laffin, R. Ac - Young woman getting treatment at medical.webp
ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture increases blood circulation by inserting fine needles into different energetic points that promotes blood circulation, triggers hormones and neurotransmitters and improves the immune system function. Acupuncture needles are hair thin and after the needle insertion you will feel a very unique sensation called “the qi” in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this include a sensation of heaviness, radiation, but it is common not to feel anything, it doesn’t mean it is not working, but that our bodies respond differently to stimuli.  

Acupuncture points work by stimulating the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Acupuncture is a safe, gentle and effective way to treat many health conditions. Including Some of the benefits of acupuncture include, it can help to:

  • Alleviate pain, discomfort, and some illnesses,

  • Assist body to re-establish its healthy equilibrium and functions

  • Used as a “preventive” medicine to help the immune system

  • Relieve stress and increase relaxation

  • You are treated according to your needs, because every body and every person is different and respond differently to treatments.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China and now is gaining popularity in the West as many people look for more holistic ways to treat their health concerns. Have you tried acupuncture before?  Book an appointment with us.

CUPPING

During a cupping session, cups are placed directly on your skin. The cup is first heated with fire and then left on your skin for several minutes, or they can be moved around depending on your comfort zone. Some people with chronic pain and weaker immune system may benefit from Flashing cupping, which is the fast placing and removal of cups on the skin, with the intent to warm the skin to improve blood flow.

The suction created by the cup encourages blood flow—and this increased circulation may promote healing and reduce pain.

Cupping became part of the mainstream conversation during the 2016 Summer Olympics, when swimmer Michael Phelps showed up to compete with round bruises covering his shoulders and back. Do you want to try cupping? Book an appointment with us.

MOXIBUSTION

Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of mugwort, known as moxa, which is an herb that facilitates healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), strengthen the blood and maintain general health. There are two types of moxibustion, direct and indirect.

How does moxibustion work in terms of modern science? The simple answer is that meridians are like optical fibers that transmit infrared radiation.

Moxibustion provides many benefits:

  • The first benefit of moxibustion is it is warming to the meridians of the body. Many people who have autoimmune diseases, low immunity and blood conditions are frequently cold.

  • Stimulating circulation and improving the flow of qi or energy in your body

  • Expelling cold and dampness from the body, by warming the meridians,

  • Another benefit of utilizing moxibustion is increased immunity. Studies have shown moxibustion significantly increases the white blood cell count in the body, which is the major component of the immune system. Moxa strengthens the immune system and helps re-balance autoimmune diseases.

  • Despite the fact moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort, it has been shown to be very beneficial for cooling areas of inflammation. This again goes back to blood flow.  Moxa improves blood flow to areas of inflammation, while promoting the natural radiation function of the skin. This also works on chronic inflammation diseases like arthritis to help alleviate the pain.

  • Moxa is also used to help treat breeched baby.

Moxa may be used in clinic by the acupuncturist and may be recommend to you as a form of home treatment continuation.

GUA SHA

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin, using a stone tool( made of jade, rose quarts) to improve local circulation or bring out the internal heat.

To perform Gua sha, some pressure is applied when scraping the skin to relieve pain and tension. This action produces light bruising, which regularly appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or “sha”.

Some of the benefits of Gua sha scraping may include

  • Help relieve and treat muscle pain and tension in the neck, back, tendonitis, TMJ amongst others.

  • Help to break down scar tissue and connective tissue, improving movement in the joints. This type of treatment may not be suitable for those with certain medical conditions.

  • Move pooled stagnated blood, promote blood flow and relieve pain. As Traditionally Chinese Medicine views blood stasis or stagnation as a cause of pain and illness.

  • May also benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation. Sometimes, gua sha is used to treat a cold, fever, or problems with the lungs.

NOTE: due to Covid-19, we recommend that if you are having any flu like and lung issues, to talk to your primary health care provider and follow local protocol. Do not come to the clinic.

certifications

Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (R. Ac)

Diploma in Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine

Cosmetic Acupuncture Workshop, Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine

Facial Rejuvenation & Cosmetic Acupuncture, Two Circles Acupuncture

"Changing Your Pain Pathways" workshop, UHN Toronto Rehabilitation Institute