Our Clinic Fees:
New Patient Visit - including treatment: 90 minutes, $135.
Expanded Visit: 90 minutes, $135.
Regular Visit: 60 minutes (follow up), $95.
Regular Visit: 45 minutes (follow up), $75.
Short Visit: 15-30 minutes, $60.
- Payment is due at time of service. We accept e-transfer, credit/debit cards, cheques or cash.
- Service is available in English and Portuguese.
- For emergencies, we also provide in-home services in the greater Ottawa area. Please, ask for more details. Home visit additional fee: $45.
Cancellations must be made during clinic office hours EXCLUSIVELY by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours prior to the appointment, otherwise, a $50 cancellation fee will be expected. Patients missing their appointment or arriving late will be charged according to the time booked. Cancellation fees will also apply to new patients for a missed first visit. Cancellations due to weather or in good faith emergencies are excused if you call prior to your appointment.
Does your insurance company reimburse for acupuncture? You must ask them directly. They may impose limitations, such as the number of treatments, conditions treated, or the need for a referral from a medical doctor. Please determine your eligibility prior to your appointment. In case your provider only covers a portion of your claim, all you have to do is to cover the remainder of the bill.
For your convenience, we offer direct billing to the following insurance companies:
Acupuncture is a medical service and is HST exempt. This service can be put towards your income taxes as a medical expense.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, metal needles to stimulate specific points of the body that reach meridians. These stimulation points are called acupuncture points or acupoints. Typically, it takes 15 to 30 minutes of manipulating the needles in these acupuncture points and 30 to 60 minutes of retaining the needles. By doing so, it regulates the flow of qi throughout the body and restores health to the mind and body, thus balancing the yin and yang. The insertions of needles are manipulated either by the hand or by electrical stimulation, called electroacupuncture.
Is it safe? Does it hurt?
Needles inserted during an acupuncture treatment should be painless. Every patient experience is different; patients may experience bruising, bleeding, needle site pain and sensation, or needle fainting. However, these symptoms may be expected (minimal bleeding) and desired (tingle, tight sensation - "de qi response"). Patients should inform the practitioner if any discomfort arises.
Is dry needling the same as TCM acupuncture?
Dry needling is a technique used by Western practitioners such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, and occupational therapists etc. based on strictly body anatomy in opposed to TCM principles. Thin metal needles are inserted in specific muscle trigger points to release tension and pain. Dry needling does not apply any TCM principles or diagnosis. Hence, dry needling practitioners are not necessarily receiving the same level of training as set out by the standards of our College. In other words, those who practise dry needling might not meet the requirements to use the title of "Registered Acupuncturist" or "Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner" in the province of Ontario.
Extracted from CTCMPAO - About Traditional Chinese Medicine.