Treatment

We use acupuncture and other forms of Chinese medicine, including Chinese herbs and moxibustion (a localized heat treatment). This form of treatment has been proven effective for many, many conditions, from asthma to women’s (gynecological) issues.

All treatment begins with a proper diagnosis, which takes place during your first visit. We spend a lot of time getting a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. We examine the condition of your tongue (is it cracked, coated, excessively pink? etc.), and check your pulse on both wrists (the quality of your pulse gives information about possible imbalances). We’ll also ask questions about your emotional state, and specific symptoms you may have. This is done because unlike Western medicine, we treat the whole person. Instead of merely focusing on the symptoms of your condition, we treat the underlying cause of those symptoms.

The first visit (with diagnosis) can last from an hour to an hour and a half, and end with an acupuncture treatment lasting another 30-60 minutes. Your subsequent visits will be much faster – usually an hour long. We’ll make a short review of your progress followed by an acupuncture treatment.

If it’s warranted, we also prescribe an herbal formula. Herbs are nearly always prescribed in a balanced formula, where different herbs have supporting effects. Thousands of years of use and research have shown that this is far more effective than large doses of a single substance.

Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well you respond to acupuncture.

  • What people are saying...

    Afraid of needles?

    “Dr Linda Wu was recommended to me by a friend. I was interested to learn that she was a medical doctor, in China, and also a registered acupuncturist here in Alberta. I feel this gives her an advantage in treating her patients.
    I was immediately impressed when I met Dr.Wu and she told me she could treat my symptoms (which she did, very succesfully) but that I must see my family doctor for a couple of tests to get to the root cause of the problem. I did this and found that I needed a small surgery to completely resolve the situation.
    I am very afraid of needles – the ones for injections and drawing blood, so how could I possibly have acupuncture ? Well, to my surprise, the needles are very thin and hardly noticeable once inserted. I feel the treatment is, in fact, very relaxing and the time passes quickly, as I listen to the quiet background music.
    Dr Linda Wu is very reassuring, and sensitive to ones needs and preferences/concerns, and so I heartily recommend her to you.”

    – M. MacLellan, Calgary

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