Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Today

Traditional Chinese Medicine - Toronto Total Wellness CentreDoctors combine Chinese and Western medicine treatments in many hospitals across Asia. Recently, a few hospitals and centres across North America have opened in-house acupuncture clinics or recommend the practice of acupuncture to their patients. While these clinics limit the scope of their practice to such areas as pain treatment and management, TCM is used in Asia to treat far more ailments. The Government of Ontario has recognized and acknowledged TCM as an effective alternative to the costly practice of Western medicine, by passing the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act.

There are many reasons that TCM and Chinese Herbal Medicine are a viable means of treatment:

  1. Modern pharmaceutical drugs have been produced, tested and put into use during this past century, following long use as crude herbs in China.
  2. Pharmacological testing- giving herb extracts to laboratory animals or applying them to cell cultures, has been carried out on hundreds of Chinese Herbs during the last forty years. It has been demonstrated that most of the herbs have significant physiological activity and very often this activity correlates well with the traditional use of the herb.
  3. Clinical studies, utilizing single herbs, or more often complex formulas, have been carried out by large scale hospital trials involving hundreds of patients. The results of the studies clearly indicate that diseases that fail to respond satisfactorily to modern pharmaceutical treatments often do respond remarkably to herbal therapy.
  4. TCM is non-invasive and most treatments are painless.

    Today, in Canada, many western medical doctors understand the benefits of combining western medicine with TCM. We encourage patients to investigate all treatment options available to them.

We have additional information on Naturopathic medicine and Shiatsu therapy offered at Total Wellness Centre.

Many insurance companies cover a portion of the cost of acupuncture. Be sure to check with your plan administrator for details.

For more information about TCM, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact us anytime.

Is Acupuncture Right For Me?
Acupuncture has been part of healthcare for millions of people over thousands of years. More recently modern scientific standards have been applied to assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture. After considerable research, the Nation Institutes of Health (NIH) and The World Health Organization (WHO) agree acupuncture is an effective treatment for many illnesses.


I'm nervous - Acupuncture?
Most patients are naturally anxious and uncertain when they first decide to try acupuncture. We would like to help allay some of these fears.
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