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
- Your first appointment, which will typically be one-and-a-half hours long, will include a complete assessment during which you discuss in-depth your health history and your current complaint(s)
- A physical assessment based on TCM diagnostics will be conducted which may include pulse and tongue diagnosis, and the physical palpation/examination of an area associated with the health complaint
- Depending on the time available and the type of clinic format booked, there may be time for a treatment during the initial consultation but this is not guaranteed (full treatments will be provided during each subsequent booking)
- The initial appointment is complimentary in the student-led clinics with follow-up appointments (treatments), being approximately one hour in length, at a general cost of $45 (please see Fees section)
Intro Grand Rounds
This 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 ten) 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.
Advance Grand Rounds
This 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. Balancing one’s Qi promotes health and healing, helps to calm and focus the mind, improves energy, sleep, and immune function and improve an 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) in order 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
How can I get the most out of my treatment?
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
- Please arrive on time
- 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)
What payments options are accepted?
We accept debit, Mastercard, Visa, and cash.
What is my commitment/role as a client?
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 noticed is required for appointment cancellations. Multiple missed appointments may result in termination of care.
Can I claim my acupuncture receipts for reimbursement through my insurance benefits?
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.
What are some clinic rules I need to know?
Food and drink: In accordance with Health and Safety, food and drinks 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.
To book an appointment
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Clinic times vary by semester
Jan 17 – April 21
- Tuesdays: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Wednesday: 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Thursdays: noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Fridays: noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Student-led Clinic (1-hour appointments)
- Initial intake appointment: Complimentary (a treatment may or may not be provided during the initial consult)
- Follow-up appointments: $45
- Follow-up appointments Georgian College students: $30
- Follow-up appointments Georgian Acupuncture students: $15 (bookings are subject to availability)
Intro Grand Rounds Clinic (1½-hour initial appointments, 1-hour follow-up appointments)
- Consultation and treatment: $55
- Georgian College students: $40
- Georgian Acupuncture students: $25 (bookings are subject to availability)
Grand Rounds Advance Clinic (1½-hour initial appointment, 1-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 are subject to availability)
Payment options: debit, Visa, Mastercard, cash
We require 24 hours cancellation notice.