Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing that uses needles to balance
the flow of vital energy, Qi, in the body in order to heal disease and promote
health. Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as an
effective therapy for many conditions and is practiced in countries around the
The Ministry of Health has regulating acupuncture and
traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec,
Newfoundland, Labrador and now Ontario. The Shiatsu School of Canada & SSC Acupuncture Institute has been working
closely with the new Ontario regulatory body, to ensure the highest level of
training in Canada.
Acupuncture therapy is an
art and a science. Although it has only recently become popular in Canada,
acupuncture has a long respected history in Asia.
An acupuncture treatment
consists of the painless use of fine needles and may include heat, traditional
Chinese medicinal herbs (for TCM Practitioners) and shiatsu or palpation in a
30-60 minute session. The treatment helps to relieve pain and discomfort, to
promote proper functioning and to stimulate the body's own natural healing
medicine, which includes not only acupuncture but also herbal medicine, massage,
dietary therapy and remedial exercises, has evolved over the pass 5000 years.
The unique history and
philosophy of TCM has produced an understanding of the way the body and mind
works in health and disease that is uniquely different from the conventional