Is acupuncture safe? When done correctly, acupuncture is very safe. Dr. Eve uses single-use, sterile disposable needles and have been trained regarding precautions and contraindications to acupuncture. It is important to let her know if you are or may be pregnant, have diabetes, taking blood-thinners or have any bleeding or blood-related disorders.
Does acupuncture hurt? Needles are very fine, metallic and as thin as a hair, making them quite painless upon insertion. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. You may experience a mild aching sensation or warmth around the needle site.
Is acupuncture covered by OHIP? No, however, many third party payers cover the cost of acupuncture treatment. These include the federal public service, worker's compensation boards, the automobile insurance industry, private health care insurers, and employee benefit plans.
Do I need a referral? No. You do not need a referral.
How many sessions of treatment will I need? Some people see a difference within one to two treatments but some take longer to respond. An average treatment plan is between 6-10 sessions, depending on the condition being treated. Chronic conditions may need repeat maintenance treatments to maintain the momentum after an initial period of frequent treatments. Generally treatments every other day would be considered frequent treatment. Maintenance treatments could range from weekly to monthly or when symptoms begin to recur.
How long will my appointment take? The first visit typically lasts between 30-60 minutes. Subsequent visits are generally 15-30 minutes in length. Complex cases may require longer visits.
What should I do before and after an acupuncture treatment? You should make sure that you have eaten a light meal prior to having acupuncture. You should avoid consuming caffeine or nicotine for 90 minutes before and after treatment. Strenuous physical activities including vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least 2 hours after treatment. A good feeling after acupuncture must not be taken as full recovery and patients must avoid over-engaging in any activities they were unable to perform previously due to their condition until they regain their strength and stamina.
What if I don't want needles? Dr. Eve can design a treatment plan without needle insertion, using acupressure and/or gua sha.