Chronic & Acute Pain
Chronic & Acute  Pain         

 Brain Injuries and function


Women's Health,                                         

  Emotional Health



Acupuncture has been used for over five thousand years. It

initially came to the attention of the west in the early 1800s. President Nixon's 1972 Chinese visit

stimulated American interest in acupuncture, and since that time there have been numerous reports and

studies that support its effectiveness.

Acupuncture Points

Key centres along meridians are known as acupuncture points. In the 1970s Soviet scientists discovered

that electrical skin resistance dropped significantly at these locations. They subsequently developed

devices to accurately map acupuncture points. Dissection and magnification revealed an abundance of

nerves and blood vessels in these areas.


The human body is covered with a network of circulatory energy conduits (meridians) that channel energy

(chi) to vital organs. In the 1960's Korean doctor Kim Bong Han verified the existence of these meridians

through radioactive tracers injected into acupuncture points. Dr. Claude Darras and Dr. Pierre de

Vernejoul (of France) validated his findings in the 1980's. The radioactive technetium that they injected into

recognized acupuncture points was observed to follow the paths identified in acupuncture charts.

What Does Acupuncture Treat

Acupuncture is best known for treating acute and chronic pain, (back, neck/shoulder, hip/knee/ankle, plantar fasciitis, etc.) as well as migraines, stomach/digestive issues, PMS, and infertility. It also can assist with pregnancy support, concussions, stroke, stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and so much more.  The World Health Institute has quite a big list.

Tara's Approach To Acupuncture

There are many different styles of acupuncture, just like there are many different styles of martial arts. Tara has apprenticed, with many teachers. She has studied various types of Chinese, Japanese, Scalp and Auricular Acupuncture. She incorporates the best of all of them to give you the best possible outcome. Her Style is gentle and accurate. With the knowledge of Meridian palpation we can find the areas of pain and imbalance open them up and relieve the tension, soften muscles, and restore homeostasis to the body. 

What is the Difference Between Chinese & Japanese acupuncture

People typically associate acupuncture with the Chinese and are unaware of the Japanese variant. Here are some of the differences:

Needle size: Japanese needles are finer and smaller, which helps to reduce discomfort.

Insertion Technique: The plastic tubes that encase Japanese needles help practitioners guide them to their intended

treatment site/sites with greater accuracy and less discomfort. Because the needles are not handled, they are cleaner and the risk of infection in minimized.

Needle Insertion Depth: Japanese needles are not inserted as deeply.

Non Reliance on Herbs: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners typically employ herbs when providing treatments, whereas Japanese acupuncturists generally do not. Instead, patients are referred to Kampo (herbal) specialists who hold pharmacy degrees.

Minimal de qi sensation The reduced size and nominal penetration depth of Japanese needles results in less sensation

What To Expect In Treatment

The first treatment takes longer than the rest (about 1:30hr) and follow-up sessions take about 1hr -1:15hr. The initial appointment involves gathering intake information as well as a treatment (i.e., tongue, pulse, and checking of the meridian channels). You should wear loose comfortable clothing (such as yoga pants or shorts) and a short sleeved shirt or tank top.

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