Natural Therapies to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Are you searching for a safe, natural way to feel better? Are you dealing with anxious feelings, and find it difficult to really relax? Is your sleep disrupted, or just not happening at all? Do you feel constantly tired, unmotivated or just plain stuck in your feelings?
Although medication and/or therapy have their place, they are also not the only options to help you find relief and heal. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are profoundly suited to working with emotional health concerns, and have been used successfully for thousands of years.
How can a Holistic Approach help you?
Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine work on a ‘whole person’ basis. There is no separation between treating the mind and body in Chinese Medicine – both must be addressed in order to feel balanced and regain emotional health. Maintaining wellness happens when ALL of the body systems are communicating effectively.
As we focus on restoring balance, often conditions may start to resolve or improve, including:
- stress and possible stress-linked symptoms of: IBS, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and more
- acute or chronic insomnia
- hormonal changes affecting mood
- PMS (Pre-Menstrual Disorder)
- PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder)
- subfertility and stress
- mild OCD
- mild PTSD
- mild depression
- addictive behaviours: smoking, food and more
- perimenopause & menopause symptoms: anger, grief, restlessness and other mood changes
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to see results?
Each person’s situation is unique but most of our clients start to see noticeable changes after the first visit and implementing some simple changes. We want to foster fast results and lasting changes, so treatment plan schedules can vary for each person who comes in. We do not want you to be coming in forever – the ultimate goal is give you the tools to keep yourself well.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Your practitioner is trained in gentle yet very effective acupuncture techniques. We want to keep you comfortable and most of the time you will not even feel the needle at all. Acupuncture needles may sometimes elicit a slight momentary sensation, if any at all. This is usually followed by a feeling of relaxation. The area being needled may also feel slightly heavy, tingly or warm. These are some of the unique sensations that indicate that energy is being activated in the acupuncture point.
Can this be done alongside other therapy?
Yes, acupuncture effectively works alongside psychotherapy or other counselling without getting in the way. We believe in a balanced and integrative approach to emotional health and are here to help you maximize the benefits your other therapies.
Can I still take my medication?
Yes – both acupuncture and nutritional guidance are meant to support your current therapies including any medication you have been prescribed. We do not have an “agenda against medication” and will work with you to safely get the results you are looking for.
Where do the needles go?
Acupuncture needles may be applied at various points on the body – it depends on the overall goal of each treatment. We usually will put a few needles distally (hands and feet), as well as at other parts of the body which may include face, head (including ears), back or torso. For most treatments there will be a few acupuncture needles around the abdominal area. If your reason for coming in is for a pelvic or pubic pain issue – please rest assured we never put needles in the pubic areas.
Is Acupuncture covered by my insurance?
At this time Acupuncture is not covered by OHIP, but is covered by many private health care plans. We provide a Registered Acupuncturist receipt for insurance purposes.
Check with your provider to see if Acupuncture by a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) is covered in your extended benefits plan. If it isn’t covered and you would like it to be – inquire with your company about how to add it. Most benefit plans are based on consumer demand, so if more customers ask for acupuncture coverage this can make a difference as to what types of therapies will be covered by your insurance plan in the future. Treatments by a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) may also be claimed as a medical expense in Ontario.