At SIT Acupuncture in Toronto we are happy to speak with you regarding any questions you may have relating to acupuncture, the acupuncture treatment process or our acupuncture clinic. If you do not see your question answered here, please contact us directly. We’ll be glad to help you out.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment that has been practiced in Chinese medicine for centuries. It works to stimulate anatomical points on the body. These points activate a self-healing mechanism in our bodies that releases chemicals to reduce pain, increase blood flow and regulate the nervous, hormonal and circulatory systems.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the self-healing points of the body. Health is achieved by maintaining the body in a balanced state where your life force can freely flow through the body’s meridians. Acupuncture normalizes this life force and balances the body.

Does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works to relieve stress, tension and pain that is associated with a number of different conditions. It relaxes and energizes the body while reducing a number of problems. Acupuncture works to target the fundamental causes of your issues. It boosts your immune system and improves your nervous, hormonal and circulatory systems.

The key to determining whether acupuncture works is solely dependent on whether the patient still has the potential to heal. Generally, most people will benefit from acupuncture, only a small population has lost that innate potential, often due to severe illnesses and more commonly at the end of life.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of different conditions, from infertility and depression to migraine headaches and weight loss. It is not just used for pain relief. For a list of some conditions that can be treated with acupuncture, please visit the Conditions We Treat page.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Many potential patients are dissuaded from trying acupuncture by the pictures they see of acupuncture where needles are inserted into the patient. This has given rise to the misconception that acupuncture is painful. However, an average acupuncture needle is slightly thicker than a human hair and its insertion is virtually painless. Effectiveness in acupuncture treatments comes from the numb, tingly sensation derived after the needle is inserted past the superficial layer of skin at the acupoint.

Anticipation of pain: Funny as it might sound, often the pain is magnified by over-anticipation of the pain during treatment.

Most people feel no pain at all during their acupuncture treatment. Depending on which techniques are used and which points are focused on, you could feel incredibly relaxed after your treatment or completely energized and full of life. When done correctly by experienced acupuncturists, acupuncture feels great, not painful.

Are acupuncture needles safe?

There is a myth that acupuncture needles cause infections or transfer diseases such as AIDS and Hepatitis. At SIT Acupuncture, this is completely untrue. As a part of our acupuncture treatment process, we properly dispose of all needles after each use. This ensures a sanitary environment at all times. All needles used are single-use, sterile, disposable needles.

Is acupuncture regulated in Ontario?

The regulatory body of our profession, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO), was formally established in April 2013. Prior to the that, the public was not protected and had no way to assess the credentials of practitioners. The College serves to facilitate patients to access competent and ethical services. All TCM practitioners and acupuncturists must now be registered with the College in order to legally practise. For more information, please visit www.ctcmpao.on.ca.

What qualifications do your acupuncturists have?

Our team consists only of experienced and registered acupuncturists, all in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).

Is acupuncture covered by my health plan?

Acupuncture is covered by most private health plans. It is best to contact your health provider directly if you have any questions regarding your health policy.

I was involved in a motor vehicle accident. Will my acupuncture treatment fees be covered by my auto insurance?

Our clinic is fully licensed under the Insurance Act as a service provider with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (fsco.gov.on.ca) and is a registered facility at good standing with the Health Claims for Auto Insurance (home.hcaiinfo.ca).  If you have recently been injured in a car accident, you must first file a claim with your insurance company.  Bring with you the claim or policy number at your first session of assessment, and we will be able to help you with claim submission and all other paper work.  Treatment can begin immediately to speed up recovery time.

How much is it per acupuncture session?

Initial Visit

  • $120
  • Includes Acupuncture Consultation and Treatment

Follow Up Treatments

  • $110 Cost Per Session

We accept cash, debit, VISA and MasterCard. A 3% service fee will be applied to each credit card transaction

Acupuncture is covered by most private health insurance plans.