Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
As of April 1, 2013, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a regulated profession in Ontario. The mandate of the College of Traditional
Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) is to ensure that the safety of the public. Practitioners who have had atleast 2000 patient visirs in the last 5 years, proven that they have treated a multitude of health issues, and passed a Safety and Jurisprudence exam may get grandfathered into the regulatory body. Only registered members are allowed to practice TCM and Acupuncture. Anu Sahgal at Elgin Massage Therapy, Acupuncture clinic is one of the first to be a registered TCM Practitioner in Ottawa.
Before you get acupuncture next time, ensure that the practitioner is registered with the college.
In addition, Anu has taken a series of advanced acupuncture courses with world renowned Acupuncturist Doctor Richard Tan. Anu has always been into researching, reading and treating patients after cross-referencing texts. However, the new techniques and point choices for treating ailments using Doctor Tan's method can provide immediate relief of symptoms while the needles are being inserted. Dr Tan spent the last 30 years developing his Balance Method - a technique that makes acupuncture point selection much more analytical. The clinical results are quite astounding. As with all Acupuncture, multiple treatments are still needed for results to be long lasting. It is highly recommended to have initial appointments closer together so that the recovery time from the condition we are treating will be greatly shortened. As symptoms improve the appointment frequency is reduced.
Acupuncture is holistic - it works by balancing the energy pathways in our bodies. It promotes better energy and blood flow by inducing a minor healing response in the body. It can therefore help with any health condition that you may be suffering from. All you have to do is get a treatment and see how you feel.
The major areas that Anu has treated lately are:
Musculo-Skeletal Issues: Pain anywhere in the body, Head Aches, Migraines, Neck, Shoulder Tension, Carpal Tunnel, Back Pain, Sciatica, Plantar Fasciitis and more
Stress and Insomnia, Depression, Irritability, Anxiety
Digestion: Acid Reflux, Nausea, Abdominal Pain, Bloating, Distension, Crohn's, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Respiration: Allergies, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Asthma, Shortness of Breath
Women' Health: Fertility, Menopause, IUI and IVF support
Cravings and Appetite Control
Anu Sahgal-Gulyani is an acupuncture practitioner and a member of the CTCMPAO (College of Traditional
Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario). To book an appointment, please inquire with the receptionist for her availability.
View our cancellation policy in it's entirety.
As well as being great for treating chronic conditions, acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of acute conditions such as Sprains and Strains.
Acupuncture can also be used to treat the following conditions:
- Lung disorders/asthma
- Generalized pain
- Nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy
- Menstrual cramps
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- As well as many other conditions
The price of an acupuncture session is $70.00
for the initial assessment and $50.00
for subsequent visits.
The first visit lasts about 60 minutes, subsequent visits are 30-45 minutes.
Please keep in mind that if you are being treated for multiple conditions, you may have to be reassessed and will be charged the assessment fee of $70.00.
Receipts will be given for insurance purposes, however you should contact your insurance company to verify their requirements.
The two most commonly asked questions about Acupuncture are:
Does Acupuncture Hurt? So how does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a very old form of Chinese therapy which involves the insertion of needles in the body to promote healing. Acupuncture needles are very
fine and come in different diameter gauges and lengths. In areas where bones can easily be palpated e.g. the wrist or face, a small needle is
inserted, but in areas of larger musculature e.g. the back or thigh, larger needles are chosen.
Since acupuncture needles are very fine, they do not usually hurt upon insertion, and even if they do, the sensation subsides within seconds.
This is hard for most people to imagine as they have only ever had the hypodermic needle for receiving shots or donating blood. The hypodermic
needle is much larger in diameter as it has to puncture a vein to draw blood or for injecting medicine. So acupuncture needle insertion is not
usually painful. Sometimes, patients may be overly anxious about receiving acupuncture or they may have a very acute muscular spasm and
in such cases, the patient may find the needle insertion to be more sensitive. In such cases, I remind the patients to invoke their deep,
diaphragmatic breath work, and they find the treatment extremely relaxing.
How does the insertion of needles in the body help promote healing?
Traditionally, in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture theory, there are many channels or meridians that carry Qi energy and these channels are connected to
internal organs as well. By inserting a needle along the channel, the flow of energy and blood can be improved so that any imbalance can be
arrested or reversed. For example, if there is an area of stagnation such as a muscular spasm, the improved qi flow will disperse the
stagnation from the area and help the muscle to relax. Similarly, if a build up of stress causes the mind not to relax and leads to insomnia,
acupuncture can help in dispersing the tension, relaxing the mind and improving the quality of sleep.
In terms of Modern Medicine, acupuncture points are often located near nerve endings within the body. When a needle is inserted into one of
these acupuncture points, it stimulates the nerve, causing the release of neurotransmitters, which are special chemicals that the body produces
to communicate with cells in the body. Endorphin, the body’s natural painkiller, is released causing a reduction in pain perception. It has
also been shown that acupuncture causes a rise in Serotonin and Histamines levels, which are important to promote the healing response.
As such, when treating a painful condition, the goals of treatment include pain relief, a reduction in inflammation within the tissue,
increased circulation to the region, and the promotion of healing.