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Alternative Touch Professional Center

4910-51 St. Beaumont, Ab T4X 1E4

780-929-8532

Acupuncture


Acupuncture is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back roughly 2500 years. It is used to prevent and treat various illness and conditions. It involves inserting thin needles into the skin at different depths at various acupuncture points to stimulate a response.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works to improve the body’s organ function and stimulate its natural healing process. Acupuncture works with the body’s energy, which in Chinese medicine is called, “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”). This energy flows and circulates throughout the entire body and through specific pathways called meridians. When our energy is obstructed or there is an imbalance within the body (like a river attempting to flow through a dam), the disrupted flow can cause illness, pain or a lack of function in the body. By needling and stimulating acupuncture points along these meridians, it can release the blocked energy and restore the natural physiological processes. Acupuncture can create a sense of well-being and ultimately bring the body back into a state of balance.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has been effective in treating these common disorders but are not limited to the following:

- Pain conditions

- Headaches/migraines

- Allergies

- Common cold

- Chronic fatigue

- Digestion (constipation, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion)

- Sleep Disturbances

- Emotions (anxiety, depression, stress)

- Stroke rehabilitation

- Menstrual Concerns (No period, painful period, regulating, PMS symptoms)

- Morning sickness

- Menopausal symptoms

- Infertility

- Blood pressure problems (hypertension, hypotension)

- Addictions

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.

Ear Seeds

Ear seeds are small seeds used to stimulate pressure points in your ear. They’re a type of auriculotherapy, which refers to acupressure or acupuncture focused on the ear. They’re based on the same general principles as acupuncture.

Electro-stimulation

this type works wonderfully for pain and inflammation.  Patients feel a gentle pulsing that can be amplified or lessened depending on the situation. Disc bulges, arthritis, and tendinopathies all generally respond incredibly well to this type of Electro-stim. This gentle electrical current can reduce inflammation, block pain receptors, and help the tissues and cells maximize nutrition and regeneration in the effected area.

Gua-Sha

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.

Fire Cupping

During cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand.  Practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.

Initial Fees:

Acupuncture Initial Consult with Treatment-90 minutes 

This initial appointment is required to obtain all relevant health information to provide the best care and on going treatment plans. There is no GST on this service.

$120.00

Acupuncture Services:

45-Minute Acupuncture Follow Up


A tune up treatment for a specific area (neck, knee, low back, etc.). This treatment will NOT include extra modalities (cupping, Gua-Sha, moxibustion, ear seeds).

 There is no GST on this service.

$75.00

60-Minute Acupuncture Follow Up


This treatment allows more time for front and back treatment if needed and will include extra modalities (cupping, Gua-Sha, moxabustion, ear seeds).

 There is no GST on this service.

$90.00

30-Minute Fire Cupping Treatment 



$60.00

Combination Treatments

Please note:

Each combination treatment price includes GST.

The time of Massage and Acupuncture will differ dependent on the Condition.

All combination service prices are subject to change

It is up to the discretion of the practitioner in regards to time allotment distributed between the 

 massage and acupuncture.

Combination Treatments

90-Minute Acupuncture/ Massage Combination Treatment  $159.00


105-Minute Acupuncture/Massage Combination Treatment  $169.50


120-Minute Acupuncture/Massage Combination Treatment $184.50


Combination Treatments

60-Minute Massage with Fire Cupping $109.50


75-Minute Massage with Fire Cupping $130.50


90-Minute Massage with Fire Cupping $146.25


Chinese Herbal Medicine

The practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine can be traced back several thousand years, and is now used to treat a range of conditions including: aiding sleep, increasing immunity, decreasing stress, balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, and aiding tissue recovery. The Chinese materia medica contains thousand of plants and minerals, approximately 300 of which are commonly used today. We use granulated herbal extracts, which are taken in powdered form. The granules are the highest quality herbs that have been thoroughly tested for heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins. Typically herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with Acupuncture in order to increase the effects of both modalities.

* Note: Herbal consults may not be covered by third party benefits. Please inquire about acupuncture + herbal sessions as an alternative.

 Treatments

Herbal Initial Consult (60min) 

 Discussion of chief complaint and a thorough health history are taken as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis. Herbs will be made up to take home. *Please note that the cost of the herbs is in addition to the visit, typically a 3 week prescription of herbs costs about $50 to $60.

$90 + gst

Herbal Re-Assessment (30min)

  Reassess how the herbs are helping and if the chief complaint has changed. Make changes to the formula as needed. Herbs will be made up to take home. *Please note that the cost of the herbs is in addition to the visit, typically a 3 week prescription of herbs costs about $50 to $60. 

$60 + gst

Virtual Herbal Initial Consult (60min) 

 Appointment through zoom or telephone call. Discussion of chief complaint and a thorough health history are taken as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis. Herbs will be made up and can be shipped to client. *Please note that the cost of the herbs is in addition to the visit, typically a 3 week prescription of herbs costs about $50 to $60. 

$90+gst

 Treatments

Acupuncture & Herbal Initial Consult & First Treatment Initial appointment involves a discussion of chief complaint and a thorough health history. Followed by an Acupuncture treatment. Herbs will be made up to take home. *Please note that the cost of the herbs is in addition to the visit, typically a 3 week prescription of herbs costs about $50 to $60.

(105min) $145

Acupuncture and Herbal Re-Assessment 

A follow up acupuncture appointment as well as a reassessment of how the herbs are helping and if the chief complaint has changed. Make changes to the formula as needed. Herbs will be made up to take home. *Please note that the cost of the herbs is in addition to the visit, typically a 3 week prescription of herbs costs about $50 to $60.

(75min) $115 

Virtual Herbal Re-Assessment 

 Reassess how the herbs are helping and if the chief complaint has changed. Make changes to the formula as needed. Herbs will be made up and can be shipped to client. *Please note that the cost of the herbs is in addition to the visit, typically a 3 week prescription of herbs costs about $50 to $60.

(30min) $60+gst

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