October 4, 2016

Community Acupuncture

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We are currently re-vamping our Community Acupuncture hours. Follow our Facebook for updates!

What is Community Acupuncture?

Community Acupuncture is where groups of people can receive acupuncture simultaneously.  In this setting the cost of a treatment is much less because the acupuncturist’s time and space are shared. At AHS this means groups of 6 or 7 people can receive acupuncture.  They rest in the quiet clinic while their needles are in place. Community acupuncture is much more common in countries where Traditional Chinese Medicine and Integrated Western Medicine are practiced.

AHS provides acupuncture on a sliding scale of $20-$40, with no proof of income required.  In this way we are better able to meet people where they are at in life.  AHS is able to do this because it allows more people to get treatment and often they bring in other people to share in the benefits.  So if you know someone who could benefit from acupuncture, please spread the word!

Do I need an appointment?

At AHS our clinic functions entirely on a walk-in basis. If you’d like to come see us, please simply pop-in or walk-in entirely at your convenience! We know you have a busy schedule, and we do our best to make sure we stay accessible and flexible. AHS has 6-8 spots, there’s almost always a space waiting for you, and in case it takes us a few minutes to see you.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine involving the insertion of sterile needles.  At AHS we use single-use only disposable needles (as thin as a hair) to place into skin at specific points on the body. Acupuncture is safe and effective, and is often used in combination with other treatments or as a successful alternative.

What happens during my visit?

You’ll have a short discussion with the acupuncturist, who will look at your tongue, feel your pulse, and suggest a treatment plan. We will ask a few questions, begin your treatment, and return in 30-40 minutes to remove the needles.

How does acupuncture work in TCM?

In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) illness is often explained in a different way.  In a time when microscopes didn’t exist and microbes were unknown illness was diagnosed on patterns of symptoms alone. These patterns describe how Qi (pronounced chee ) or vital energy flows in our body through a network of meridians like running water.  When an injury, congestion, or stress happens it affects the body’s ability to make Qi flow smoothly. In these cases it can often become blocked up like a dammed river and cause stress on adjacent river systems.

Like water in a river, Qi can be blocked, be too much or flow too fast and even be in short supply.  When this happens in the body, it can disrupt many processes.  A problem with digestion can affect energy levels, how well our immune system runs, how our body adapts to stress and how well we sleep.  The goal with acupuncture is to return the body back to center and help Qi flow smoothly enabling our body to function effectively.

Where is acupuncture helpful?

Acupuncture has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be helpful in a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Adverse reactions to radiation and chemotherapy in Oncology
  • Allergies and Hay Fever
  • Depression
  • Digestive Concerns,
  • Headaches
  • High and Low Blood Pressure
  • Knee, Back and Neck Pain
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Digestive Concerns
  • Back Pain and Muscle Pain
  • Fertility
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Labour Induction and Fetal Malposition
  • Stroke
  • Smoking Cessation support
  • Sleep Challenges
  • Coughs and Colds
  • Women’s Health, Menstrual Regulation and Menopause

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture should not feel painful. Common sensations patients feel is slight aching or tingling when the needles are placed. After that people often feel relaxed and sometimes even fall asleep.  While you are relaxing your body is busy rebalancing itself even if it feels like nothing is happening.

How often should you come for acupuncture?

For acupuncture to have optimal and lasting benefits, you’ll want to receive it frequently enough to result in progressive improvement. After one or two sessions you might feel good due to the acupuncture’s relaxing effect, but regular treatments over the course of 4-6 weeks is often the best way to achieve sustainable results.

Experience shows us that those who get the best results with acupuncture begin with 2-3 treatments a week for 2-3 weeks. After that, many people follow up with weekly treatments for another few. For chronic or complex conditions, it may be necessary to do more prolonged treatment. This is why it’s so important that it be affordable.

Our goal is to help support your body (including all aspects of mind, emotions, and spirit) as you move through your wellness journey.  The approach we take is to help you enter a place of stability as fast as possible and sustain you there.


Intake forms are available at the clinic, but should you like to print and complete an intake before coming in you can find it here.

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