Frequently Asked Questions:

What Can I Expect on my First Visit?

An initial appointment will last about 90 minutes. During that time questions will be asked regarding lifestyle, diet, stress levels, sleep patterns, digestion, elimination, menstrual cycle and medical history in order to establish a TCM diagnosis and treatment plan. The tongue and pulse will also be be examined as these are important diagnostic tools. An acupuncture treatment is also included in the first visit.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No, sometimes a slight sensation is felt on insertion or there may be a slight heaviness felt around the needle but once the needles are in place there should be no discomfort. I try to be very gentle and believe that acupuncture does not have to hurt to be effective! Most people find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep.

What if I Don’t Want Acupuncture?

If you are not interested in acupuncture, there are many other ways that traditional Chinese medicine can help you. Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years , personalized diet and lifestyle changes may also be given. Acupressure suggestions for home are another effective way to help without the acupuncture needles.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

It is often hard to predict how many treatments will be needed, as every patient responds differently. Generally, acute problems will often show improvement in 4-6 visits, and chronic problems will require more than 6 treatments. Visits are generally scheduled 1-2 times per week. Many people continue treatments on a monthly or seasonal schedule in order to maintain their health and prevent illness.

Can I Use Acupuncture for Health Maintenance?

Yes, the best use of acupuncture is for health maintenance. In China they say the best traditional Chinese medicine doctors do not have any sick patients. Chinese Medicine can cure illness before it occurs, correcting and maintaining the balance of the human body. Many people come in for treatments on a regular basis to reduce the probability of suffering significant illnesses. Just as your vehicle needs regular tune ups to remain running well, so does your body. The only difference is that you can’t trade your body in for a newer model. Prevention is the best cure.

What is the Training Required in British Columbia to Practice Traditional Chinese Medicine?

British Columbia is the first province in Canada to regulate Traditional Chinese Medicine. In order to practice in B.C., one must have at least five years of post-secondary education and training at an accredited school and be licensed and registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of British Columbia.

Is Acupuncture Covered Under B.C. Medical?

Acupuncture is not covered under B.C. Medical, but it is covered by most extended medical plans. Comox Valley Acupuncture is pleased to offer direct billing for patients who have extended health benefits through any of the following providers:

  • Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance
  • Cowan
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Desjardin Insurance
  • The Great West Life Assurance Company
  • Industrial Alliance Financial Group
  • Johnson
  • Johnston Group
  • Manulife
  • Maximum Benefits
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Standard Life
  • Sun Life Financial

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People Say:

“As a fitness trainer and endurance athlete I put plenty of miles on my body and need to spend as little time recovering as possible. … Acupuncture calms my mind, balances out my body’s systems, helps me train harder and recover faster. What could be better than that? Thanks Michelle!”

-Sarah Seads

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