Q & A

Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people, helping them get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. This activates the body’s natural healing process by enhancing your recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve your overall health and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

WHY SEE AN ACUPUNCTURIST/CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER?

People often seek acupuncture and Chinese medicine as an alternative or complementary therapy for acute or chronic pain, neck pain, stress, digestive issues, back ache, carpel tunnel, infertility, menstrual pain and why not?  Acupuncture is a effective drug-free method used to manage pain and/or addiction.  
Treatments are customized to suit each individual, different areas of the body (muscle, internal organs, circulatory, energetic) are evaluated and treatments can begin.  The ultimate goal is to detect the root cause, rather than simply masking the symptoms.

What will my acupuncturist do?

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During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you will receive your acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from forty-five to ninety minutes.

Why do they want to feel my pulse?

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There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

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The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

Why did my acupuncturist recommend herbs?

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Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain. Your practitioner may suggest starting with herbs and then adding acupuncture to your treatment in the future. This is suggested to build up your internal strength so you can receive the full benefits acupuncture has to offer.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

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Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist has some options such as massage with a technique called Tuina, Reiki or use specialized tuning forks over the affected area (s).   All of these are designed to be painless and comfortable.

Please see our services page to learn more!   https://acupuncturepro.org/services/

How many treatments will I need?

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The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results and often 8 – 15 treatments are needed for a full recovery and most people will notice improvement after 4 treatments. Chronic (2+ years) conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute (recent injuries) ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week for 3 – 8 weeks and then monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups”.

How much does it cost?

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Starting September 1st, Initial Appointments are $110  (80 min, please arrive 15 minutes early for your initial appointment) and follow up appointments are $70 (50-55 minutes).  *New: 75 minute extended follow up appointments are now available for $95.

*Prepaid Follow Up Acupuncture session packages are available.   You can purchase/prepay for a package of ten (10) follow up treatments and save $55.   Debit card, etransfer or cash.   Valid for 12 months.

We’re always striving to help you put an end to your stress and pain.

**DIRECT BILLING is now available.  https://acupuncturepro.org/direct-billing/

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

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Insurance coverage varies from province to province. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Will my plan cover acupuncture?
  • How many visits per calendar year?
  • How much is the plan maximum?
  • Do I need a referral?
  • Do I have a co-pay?
  • Do I have a deductible?
  • If yes, has it been met?
  • Do you offer direct billing/eclaims?

The following insurance providers have approved acupuncture treatment from PTCMAAS (www.saskacupuncture.ca) members and CMAAC association members.  However, only the insurance companies themselves can officially approve a claim.  Please check with your insurance provider to be completely certain.

  • Saskatchewan Blue Cross
  • The Cooperators (no direct billing available)
  • Group Medical Services (GMS)
  • Standard Life
  • Great West Life
  • Green Shield (no direct billing available)
  • Claim Secure

*Direct Billing is Available for certain insurance providers, please check with your insurance provider and ask if they offer direct billing.   If you have questions you will find more information here: https://acupuncturepro.org/direct-billing/

Receipts are given for all paid acupuncture treatments/sessions and can be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement OR you can sign up for Direct Billing (if offered by your insurance provider) by filling out these forms and bring them to your appointment DirectBillingConsentForm

Payment is due on day of service and we accept Debit and Credit Card.

How should I prepare?

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  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after
    your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

Please have your health history forms and direct billing consent forms filled out and with you at your Initial acupuncture assessment appointment. You will find them here: consentforms  

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How safe is acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

How are acupuncturists educated?

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Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified Chinese Medicine schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every province.  Continuing education credits must be met every 2 years.

What can acupuncturists treat?

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Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain

How can I book an appointment with you?

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All appointments can be booked Online by clicking the RED button at the top right of the screen and you will be taken to our scheduling system instantly, or you may call 1-306-921-0084.

Prepaid acupuncture packages are now available.  Saving you $55 on ten (10) follow up appointments.  Not including your initial appointment.  Must be paid by debit card, etransfer or cash.

* Announcement: Starting Oct. 1 our acupuncture services will be offered out of West Lake Acupuncture Clinic at 105 McMurchy Ave located in Coronation Park Regina, SK.  Online scheduling at this new location is available now.