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The practice of acupuncture, a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, originates from ancient China over 2000 years ago and is used to treat a myriad of health conditions. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles at specific points on the body and left in place for a period of time before removal.


According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease is caused by disruptions to the flows of “qi”, the life force that moves blood circulation through the body along pathways called meridians. Smooth flow of qi and blood is essential to good health as proper circulation is required to nourish the organs and rid the body of toxins. Impaired qi flow can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture unblocks qi stagnation allowing the body to regain balance and harmony.


In Western medicine, acupuncture is explained by concepts of neuroscience. Needle insertion at acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals and hormones which act to reduce pain and inflammation, in addition to stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities to promote physical and emotional well-being. 

What can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat many different diseases, disorders and pain conditions.


Common conditions that respond well to acupuncture include neck and back pain, sciatica, joint pain, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, arthritis, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress and anxiety, sinus and lung issues, digestive disorders, menstrual and fertility issues.


Furthermore, Dr. Thao is proficient in Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture (ZSA) and Meizen Cosmetic Acupuncture (MCA). ZSA can help treat various neurological disorders including post-stroke symptoms, Bell’s palsy, Meniere’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and neuropathy.


MCA is a natural anti-aging approach for facial rejuvenation. In addition to treating pain and illness, acupuncture often is used preventively as a kind of “tune up,” in the maintenance of health and well-being.   

Techniques We Use

At each visit with Dr. Thao, patients will receive a personalized treatment consisting of one or more techniques listed. 

Body Acupuncture

Disposable sterile needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi throughout the meridians.


The needles are retained for 20-30 min. The application of manual stimulation, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects.

Body Acupuncture


A modality of Chinese Medicine that is used to improve Qi and blood flow through the meridians and organs.


The treatment involves using a tool to scrape the skin in long strokes. Guasha may help to break down scar tissues and adhesions, help reduce muscle tension and improving movement in the joints.


Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture (ZSA)

ZSA is a specialized technique that involves the insertion of very short, fine needles on the scalp to achieve the desired therapeutic effects on the different parts of the body.


Based on Chinese medicine and neurology, ZSA has become recognized worldwide as an effective method to treat various pain and neurological disorders.

Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture (ZSA)


A modality of Chinese Medicine that is used to improve Qi and blood flow through the meridians and organs.


The suction from the cups promotes increased circulation and lymphatic drainage, calm the nervous system which helps to relieve muscle tension, neck and back pains, lung congestion, migraines, fatigue, and anxiety.


Moxibustion (Moxa)    

A modality of Chinese Medicine that is used to strengthen and stimulate the flow of Qi and blood through the meridians and organs. The technique involves burning the herb mugwort on or near acupuncture points.


Alternatively, our office also employs the Premio 10 moxa device which emits infrared heat similar to burning mugwort.    

Moxibustion (Moxa)

Meizen Cosmetic Acupuncture (MCA)

Rooted in Chinese Medicine, MCA is a natural and safe option for facial rejuvenation. Each session consists of needling points on the face or neck as well as the body.


As such, cosmetic acupuncture not only brings more youthfulness to the face but also promotes beauty and wellness on a holistic level to the body’s entire ecosystem.

Meizen Cosmetic Acupuncture


Acupuncture Fees 

Initial Consultation and Examination (45-60 min)              $80

Subsequent Acupuncture Treatment (45-60 min)              $75

Specialized Service Fees

Meizen Facial Acupuncture Session (60 min)                      $120

Cupping & Acupressure Treatment (30 min)                       $80    

Have a Question?

  • What is chiropractic and how does it work?
    One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is an evidence-based, non-invasive, hands-on natural approach to health and wellness care. Doctors of Chiropractic do not use drugs or chemicals; instead they manually correct restricted or misaligned spinal joints by performing an “adjustment”, also known as spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). When one or more of the spinal joints have lost their normal range of movement, the resulting irritation of tissues within the joint can cause pain and lead to biomechanical impairment. This condition is known as a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC). Left uncorrected, VSC can lead to early spinal degeneration and poor health. Chiropractic care corrects subluxations and thus reducing any pain or dysfunction related to irritation of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, about 4.7 million Canadians sought Chiropractic care in 2019.
  • What is a chiropractic adjustment and is it safe?
    A chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise procedure applied manually to a spinal joint to restore proper motion and position. There are many different ways to adjust the spine. The primary method is to use the doctor’s hands. Other techniques involve the use of a specialized instrument or table. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively and is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neck and back pain, and certain headaches. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk. Our doctors work closely with patients to determine what treatment options appropriately balance risks with potential benefits. Comprehensive initial histories and examinations allow us to rule out any contraindication to care. On rare occasion, if a patient’s medical history and/or current health suggests greater risks versus benefits to obtain chiropractic care, we would recommend other available natural therapies such as acupuncture or massage.
  • When should I see a chiropractor?
    Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider. Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, etc. Many patients including, seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available. There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
  • What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?
    Chiropractic care can: Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities Improve your posture Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries Improve your flexibility and range of motion Relieve pregnancy-related back ache Correct gait and foot problems
  • How long before I see results?
    There is no way to say for sure, because so much depends on your vitality and whether your condition is acute or chronic. Some patients enjoy results quickly. Others notice a slow decline in their symptoms after several weeks. For others it takes even longer. Age, lifestyle, amount of spinal degeneration present, ergonomics, and emotional stress all play a role in how fast or slow someone responds to care. The people that tend to respond very quickly to care usually also practice other good health habits, like a properly balanced diet with good nutrition along with exercise and getting enough sleep. It’s impossible to predict but rest assured that we will keep you up-to-date on your progress while you’re under care.
  • How long will I have to come for treatment?
    It completely depends on you and what your goals are for treatment. Our clinic offers three types of care: Relief Care: We focus on dealing with symptoms, reducing the inflammation and increasing the mobility of stiff areas in the spine. This portion of the care is superficial and only touches the top layer of the problem. If you merely want symptom relief, you come only for as long as it takes to get out of pain, which might be 6-12 visits. Sometimes that number is less, sometimes that number is more. Corrective Care: This is where we actually start to correct the spine and progress into rehabilitation (stretches and exercises). This is extremely important to one’s care since it allows us to work on the root cause of the problem. As symptoms reduce or disappears, the focus is restoring and maintaining proper joint motion and alignment, strengthening muscles and supportive tissues and postural correction. This is a more permanent approach and of course takes more time to achieve. Maintenance/Wellness Care: This is where we move into maintaining your progress. Regular adjustments promote proper spinal alignment and nervous system function. As things are under control, we now look at the big picture to “optimize” your health. We look into nutritional factors, amount of exercise, sleep pattern, levels of stress and coping mechanisms, the whole works! This type of care is part of a healthy lifestyle and designed for those who want to be at their best. From pain relief to wellness, the choice is yours how far you want to take your health.
  • Can children get chiropractic care?
    Definitely. We have adjusted babies and every stage of life from there on. Naturally there are changes in the techniques that are utilized but we find that children respond particularly well to Chiropractic care.
  • What if my insurance doesn't cover chiropractic care?
    Your health is your best investment, so invest wisely. Each of us is free to place a different value on our health. While it is convenient when an insurance company or third party helps pay the bill, you should keep in mind that whether your insurance will or will not cover your costs should not be the only factor that goes into your choice to accept Chiropractic care. Don’t allow the profit motive of a corporation to dictate what’s best for your health.
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