First Treatment / FAQ


We are excited to meet you and welcome you to our clinic! We want you to feel relaxed and comfortable here with us, and our friendly office staff will do our best to achieve this for you.

Once you arrive to our clinic, we will have you fill out standard intake forms that will help David understand the purpose of your visit and how he may be able to help you. David will then meet with you one on one to go over your questions and health concerns. It is here where David will use classic Chinese medicine diagnostic techniques to form diagnoses for your health issues. Chinese medicine uses four main skills to make this diagnosis. They are Questioning, Observation (including tongue diagnosis), Palpation (including pulse diagnosis), and Listening/Smelling.

Once David has acquired the necessary information to make a diagnosis he can then form a treatment plan for you and relay to you his report of findings. If there is time, which there usually is, David will then give you your first acupuncture treatment that same day. If more time is needed to answer questions and discuss things with you, then emphasis will be placed on this, and your first treatment will occur with your next visit.

All treatments take place in a private comfortable setting; typically the patient will remain fully clothed as most conditions are treated using points on the four limbs. However there are certain conditions that require local needling where the patient may be asked to expose various parts of the body, in which case the patient will cover themselves with a blanket or towel.

For more information regarding acupuncture needling itself, click here.

We are looking forward to working with you towards better health and improved quality of life!

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Answers to the 8 Most Commonly Asked Questions

I have been blessed to serve the Calgary acupuncture community for the past 10 years. How time flies when you are having fun! I must say in all these years of practice the same questions seem to pop up over and over again. So I thought I would write a blog in order to provide you with the answers you’re looking for. If you have a question I did not answer please leave it in the comments section below and I will do my best to get back to you promptly with an answer.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

acupuncture-gentleOk, this is seriously the single most asked question of all time for an acupuncturist! Sometimes I feel we have it worse than the dentists out there, no offense. Dentists! So the answer is basically as follows: acupuncture is more difficult to think about than to experience. Our needles are so thin, they could fit inside a needle used to draw blood. Common sensations experienced during an acupuncture treatment are zinging, numbness, heaviness, itching, and pulsing. These are all healthy and desired sensations to be experienced by a patient. At other times one may not even feel anything as the needle is inserted. In a nutshell, the patient feels a variety of sensations almost all of which are not painful in the least.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

This is a simple question with a complex answer. In order to keep this blog from becoming a book, I am going qi-and-meridiansto offer a general answer at this time. The main way acupuncture works is by stimulating tissue associated with nerves and blood vessels called acupuncture points, in order to deliver blood flow. The reason blood flow is so important in creating a healing effect for the patient is because the blood carries oxygen, nutrients, immune substances, natural anti-inflammatories, and endorphins which kill pain, to name a few. Therefore the blood truly is a powerhouse for healing a vast amount of diseases and dysfunctions a patient may be experiencing.

What is Qi (Chee)?

This is quite a controversial topic these days in the acupuncture and science world. The first thing to know is that when concepts are translated from one language or culture to another, often times mistakes will be made. The term qi (pronounced chee) has many different translations. When it comes to acupuncture there are two main translations of relevance. Firstly, qi can translate to function. For instance, if someone has weak kidney qi, it means that person’s kidneys are deficient or unable to function properly. Secondly, qi translates to vital air, which we now know to be oxygen. That’s right, the Chinese discovered oxygen long before the west, they just never got credit for it!

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

acupuncture-needlesI am still amazed to this day at how effective acupuncture is, even for patients who have not had success elsewhere. In my practice the most common thing which brings a patient through the door is a pain related condition. These conditions can be neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, knee pain, and the list goes on. As well we have effective treatments available for a variety of other concerns, including insomnia, anxiety, stress, decreased energy, allergies, depression, migraines, headaches, woman’s health, menopause, and digestive disturbances to name a few. If you have a specific condition you would like treated, please contact our office to book your FREE 15 minute consultation to find out if we can help you.

What Happens During an Acupuncture Treatment?

The patient is typically lying on the massage table in a comfortable position, when the acupuncturist inserts needles into the appropriate sites. All this is done quite quickly, after which the patient rests for anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on what is being treated, with the needles retained for that time. I then return to the room to check on the patient during the needle retention time, and at the end of the treatment remove all needles. This constitutes a full treatment. Aside from the physiological benefits of the treatment, the patient typically finds this down-time to be a much needed break from his or her busy day.

How Many Treatments Will I Need to Feel Better?

The frequency of treatment along with the amount of treatments required will certainly vary from patient to patient. After the initial consultation we will be able to implement a treatment plan for each patient based on his or her needs.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is considered to be an extremely safe therapy with nearly no side effects, as long as it is practiced by a Registered Acupuncturist. The most common side effects seen in the clinic are slight bruising, and a rare soreness at the site of needle insertion, which typically subsides quickly following the treatment. Otherwise a patient could feel light headed or dizzy, especially if they have not eaten that day.

Are Acupuncture Needles Re-Usable?

No. All acupuncture needles come pre-sterilized for one time use only. They are all disposed of in a sharps container after use.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have helped literally billions of people over the centuries, so if you live in Calgary, and want to know if acupuncture can help with your health, contact us today for a FREE 15 minute consultation!