Acupuncture Clinic

Fingers manipulating acupuncture needles on skin.

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modality that typically involves the insertion of disposable, sterile hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. These points lie on meridians or pathways along which the body’s life-giving energy called Qi (pronounced “Chee”) circulates.

Disease is caused by an imbalance of the normal flow of Qi through these meridians, whether there is too much, too little or it is blocked from flowing altogether. When the points are stimulated, the Qi flow regains its proper balance and the body begins to heal itself.

TCM Acupuncture encompasses a number of therapeutic techniques. Learn more about TCM Acupuncture.

All instructors/mentors involved in training students and supervising the Georgian College Acupuncture Clinic are duly regulated members in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). The CTCMPAO is the governing body established by the government of Ontario, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act, 2006.

Clinic mentors ensure that our students develop the clinical skills and professionalism required in order to be successful in their chosen profession through the hands-on application of practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

Your first appointment will include:

  • a complete assessment during which you discuss in-depth your health history and your current complaint(s) – approximately one-and-a-half hours long
  • a physical assessment based on TCM diagnostics which may include pulse and tongue diagnosis, and the physical palpation/examination of an area associated with the health complaint
  • a treatment during the initial consultation – not guaranteed (full treatments will be provided during each subsequent booking) and depends on the time available and type of clinic format booked

Note: the initial appointment is complimentary. Follow-up appointments and treatments in the student-led clinic – at approximately one hour in length – cost $45 (please see our FEES section for full details).

Clinics

Intra Grand Rounds is a student observation clinic.

Clients participating in this clinic will have their assessment and treatment performed by the clinic instructor who is a regulated and experienced acupuncturist. A small group of students (five to 10) observe the consultation and treatment process and follow the progress of the client throughout the treatment cycle.

A number of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture techniques may be employed.

Advanced Grand Rounds is a student observation clinic.

Clients participating in this clinic will have their assessment and treatment performed by the clinic instructor who is a regulated and experienced acupuncturist. A small group of students (five to 10) observe the consultation and treatment process and follow the progress of the client throughout the treatment cycle. Clients having follow-up appointments in this clinic will have their treatment performed by students and supervised by the clinic instructor.

A number of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture techniques may be employed.

Client consultations and treatments are provided by second- and third-year students who have acquired the skills and knowledge to safely and competently assess and treat based on TCM theory, diagnostic principles and TCM acupuncture techniques.

A number of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture techniques may be employed.

Qi (pronounced Chee) is the energy system of the body which is at the basis of TCM philosophy and treatment and:

  • promotes health and healing
  • helps to calm and focus the mind
  • improves energy, sleep and immune function
  • improve overall sense of well-being

Traditional acupuncture needling techniques are used at specific points along the meridian channels of the body (most of these points are located on the upper and lower extremities) to promote and restore the proper flow of Qi.

This is a student-led clinic. Each appointment includes a general health assessment and a balancing Qi treatment. Qi balancing treatments are aimed at promoting overall wellness. The assessment and treatment of specific health complaints are referred to either the Grand Rounds or the Student-led clinics.

Frequently asked questions

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • please arrive on timed
  • don’t eat a large meal or consume alcohol before your visit
  • wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist
  • refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment
  • follow your treatment plan between visits
  • keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones
  • empty your bladder before commencing your treatment
  • stay well hydrated (drink water) following your treatment
  • enjoy a warm Epsom salts bath following treatment (optional)

We accept debit, MasterCard, Visa and cash.

Students need time to develop their clinical skills – missed appointments and last-minute cancellations affect the success of our students who are trying to meet their learning requirements; therefore we ask that you make the commitment of time and patience:

  • 24-hours notice is required for appointment cancellations
  • multiple missed appointments may result in termination of care

Our students are not licensed acupuncturists; therefore, it is unlikely that you would have the costs of treatment reimbursed. We recommend that you inquire directly with your insurance company regarding reimbursement and benefit coverage.

Food and drink

In accordance with Health and Safety, food and drink are not permitted inside the clinic.

Electronic devices

In accordance with our privacy regulations and to ensure client confidentiality, the use of cell phones or any type of electronic or recording device is strictly prohibited inside the clinic space. You are asked to turn off and store all electronic devices while inside the clinic. Stored electronics should be turned off or set on mute in consideration of others.

Book an appointment

acupuncture@georgiancollege.ca
phone: 705.722.5156

Spring/summer clinic hours

Student-led Acupuncture Clinic

The student-led Acupuncture Clinic will operate through Aug. 17 (excluding June 26 to 30 and all statutory holidays):

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Qi Balancing Clinic

The Qi Balancing Clinic will operate Mondays and Fridays through Aug. 18 (excluding June 26 to 30 and all statutory holidays):

  • Mondays: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 1 to 5 p.m.

Fees

Consult and balancing treatment public: $25

Georgian College Students: $15

Georgian Acupuncture Students: $10

Fees

Student-led Clinic (one-hour appointments)

  • initial intake appointment: Complimentary (a treatment may or may not be provided during the initial consult)
  • follow-up appointments: $30
  • follow-up appointments – Georgian College students: $20
  • follow-up appointments – Georgian Acupuncture students: $15 (bookings subject to availability)

Intro Grand Rounds Clinic (one-and-a-half hour initial appointments, one-hour follow-up appointments)

  • consultation and treatment: $55
  • Georgian College students: $40
  • Georgian Acupuncture students: $25 (bookings subject to availability)

Grand Rounds Advance Clinic (one-and-a-half hour initial appointment, one-hour follow-up appointment)

  • consultation and treatment: $55 initial; $45 follow-up
  • Georgian College students: $40 initial; $40 follow-up
  • Georgian Acupuncture students: $25 initial; $15 follow-up (bookings subject to availability)

Payment options: debit, Visa, MasterCard and cash

We require 24 hours cancellation notice.

Contact

Program Co-ordinator: Kimberly Hahn, 705.728.1968, ext. 5716

Manager of clinics: Melanie Patten, 705.728.1968, ext. 1458