Frequently Asked Questions

How long does each acupuncture appointment take?

From start to finish, a typical acupuncture session will take 45 - 60 minutes. In certain special cases, we will not leave the needles in the points, and the session will be much shorter. This typically applies to children and emergency cases.

Inform your acupuncturist if you prefer a short or longer treatment. Ask for a buzzer before your treatment if you have any feelings of apprehensive.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture is very effective for a range of health conditions. However, the number of treatments varies as every patients' condition differs. Most patients experience relief after one or two sessions, while some would take weeks or months to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer, and prevention is an ongoing process.

As people respond to acupuncture differently, your acupuncturist might be able to tell you how many sessions you will need after one to three sessions of treatment.

How often should I come for a treatment?

Acupuncture is very effective for a range of health conditions. However, the number of treatments varies, as each person is different. Most patients experience relief after one or two sessions, while others take weeks or months to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer, and prevention is an ongoing process.

As people respond to acupuncture differently, our acupuncturists will discuss the treatment frequency with you personally. In general, one to two acupuncture sessions a week is recommended at the beginning.

How much will acupuncture cost? Will it be covered by my insurance?

Cost of acupuncture is $75.00 for follow-up sessions, and $110 for initial visit.

Although almost all insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments nowadays, you are still encouraged to check with your insurer. At the moment, we do not provide direct billing to the insurance companies.

All required information are printed clearly on our official receipts for your easy reimbursement claims through online programs.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, solid, and extremely flexible. They are about the thickness of human hair and 100% sterilized and disposable in our clinic.

In general, acupuncture is painless. Depending on the points, patient may feel difference sensations at times, such as: heaviness, numbness, distending, warmth and pressure. Patients who had acupuncture mostly claim the feeling is rather unfamiliar, yet pleasant and relaxing.

What should I do or expect after a session of acupuncture?

Most of our patients feel a deep relaxation after acupuncture treatment. It is normal that some patients feel a little lightheaded especially when it’s the first time having acupuncture treatment. The reason is that acupuncture helps improve energy flow and the feeling is resulted from the body's respond to the energy flow.

If you feel exhausted after your treatment, try to rest and avoid excessive exercise. Avoid a warm bath within 3 hours of your treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?
Yes! In fact the incidence of adverse effects by acupuncture is substantially lower than that of many drugs or accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. Acupuncture is a regulated profession in Alberta and is performed with sterilized and disposable needles.

It is extremely unusual to have any complications.
Is acupuncture regulated in Alberta?
Yes. Acupuncture has been regulated under the Health Disciplines Act in Alberta Health Legislation since 1991. The Health Disciplines Act gives designated health disciplines, including acupuncture, the responsibility for regulating their members and governing the practice of the discipline. More official information can be found here.