Questions You Should Ask Your Acupuncturist
Is your potential acupuncturist registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) in BC?
- Yes, I am fully Registered and Licensed with the College. The rigorous educational requirements are 5 years as a full time student and undergo Board evaluation and certification.
Are you open Saturdays/weekends?
- No, I am not open on the weekends; however, I do extend my hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to 8 pm to accommodate those who are coming for treatment after their work hours.
Is your attention on me, or do you treat more than one person at one time?
- I may slip out of the room to give you time to wind down and relax, but my full attention is on your treatment and your comfort during your treatment. I believe in building relationships with my clients. You will not be rushed in or out of your treatment session.
What other modalities of treatment do you incorporate during your treatments?
- I incorporate several different modalities and use them as necessary. I have studied TuiNa massage. Each and every treatment comes with some massage (duration is specific to your condition). I also incorporate techniques such as cupping (suction cups used to increase local circulation and to stretch underlying facia), using therapeutic essential oils, ointments and medicated rubs, ear acupuncture, body work, energy work (using Qi Gong techniques), use of low level electrical stimulation (needle-less acupuncture) as necessary.
How long have you been in practice?
- I have been in private practice since 2003. I worked in a high-end spa in Yaletown for 1.5 yrs. Co-worked out of a private Chiropractic office in New Westminster for 7.5 years. Now, in my new location, I work out of the Heritage Wellness Centre which offers Chiropractic, Massage, Esthetic and Counseling Services.
What form of payment do you accept?
- I accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit, Cheque and cash. Receipts are given on all forms of payment to ensure you attain your reimbursement on your extended health care plans.
Does acupuncture hurt?
- Acupuncture typically does not hurt, although you will feel a tingling, or pressure sensation. You may also feel the needle insertion (very mild). Sometimes, you get an immediate opening of the point or channel being treated which can be felt like a zing sensation.
- If you are not sure whether you want to try the needles, I can perform acupuncture WITHOUT needles by using low level electrical stimulation.
How long is an acupuncture session?
- My sessions last approximately one hour. I always incorporate some massage or body work at the end of the treatment. Many acupuncturist do not incorporate body work or massage into their treatments, they perform acupuncture only.
Is acupuncture covered by Extended Health and do you accept Medical Services Plan patients?
- Yes, acupuncture is covered by Extended Health and I also am registered with Medical Services Plan (MSP). Rates for MSP are reduced if you have a net family income of $27,000.00.