Acupuncture in North York
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
What is Traditional Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile, metal needles to stimulate specific points on the body, known as acupoints. They are one-time use, sterile instruments that are discarded after each treatment.
There are over 365 acupoints that run along mapped pathways throughout the body, called meridians. Activation of these points can allow the practitioner to control the flow of qi or blood to those areas of the body.
Typically, needles stay inserted for anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes.
Our Naturopathic Doctor: Gayamali Karunaratna
Gayamali Karunaratna is our resident Naturopathic Doctor. She enjoys treating women’s health conditions, digestion issues, infertility and skin conditions. Her philosophy is to seek and find the root cause behind your symptoms while supporting you to recovery with education and healthy lifestyle choices. To learn more about Dr. Gayamali (ND), please see her full profile in our ‘Meet the Team‘ page of our website.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
You may be surprised to know that most patients barely notice the insertion of these fine needles. The average acupuncture needle is only the width of a single strand of hair! If you do feel any discomfort, it should not hurt more than the sensation of a tiny mosquito bite 🙂
Are Acupuncture visits covered by Insurance?
Here at Brightpath, Acupuncture Treatments are provided by our Naturopathic Doctor, Gayamali Karunaratna.
Acupuncture Treatments are covered by your most insurance plans under the category of Naturopathic Treatments. Naturopathic appointments do not charge HST. The price listed is what is paid!
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems originating in China over 2000 years ago.
There is an increasing number of studies that show TCM’s effectiveness in treating concerns such as pain management, chronic emotional imbalances, fertility, and even cosmetic applications. Many hospitals and care facilities are now encouraging TCM to be used as a safe alternative to anesthesia, and IVF treatment clinics often recommend TCM as a supplementary treatment to optimise success rates.
With a greater number of today’s population becoming more self-aware about the importance of holistic approaches to health, TCM is quickly becoming a pillar in the Integrative Healthcare industry.
It takes a “big picture” approach to diagnosis and aims at identifying patterns of trauma, illness, habits etc. to form a diagnosis and treatment plan that can address the root cause of the issue so the body can rest, recoup and restore itself.