It is with great excitement that I inform you that Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are now regulated health professions in the province of Ontario! Since the bill was passed in 2006, I have been looking forward to the day when Acupuncture would finally be regulated by the Ontario government allowing the public to confidently seek out an acupuncturist and know they are being treated by a qualified practitioner.
Acupuncturists are now governed by a regulatory College (similar to the College of Physicians and Surgeons) and will be held to the highest standard of care when treating patients.
With that being said, it is my duty to educate my patients and the public about the difference between a Registered Acupuncturist and an “acupuncture provider.” With the new law, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and even dentists are legally allowed to provide acupuncture to their patients as long as they do not call themselves an “Acupuncturist.” So as a consumer of these services you must be asking: What’s the difference? Acupuncturists have studied in class for over 2 years and are trained in Chinese Medicine theory, acupuncture point location, clean needle technique and disease transmission control in addition to a clinical internship. Chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists on the other hand, have taken a weekend course, have only learned 80 of the 400+ acupuncture points and have about 200-300 hours of training (versus the 2,000+ hours of an acupuncturist). Please be aware that there is a huge difference in the quality of care you receive when you are seeing an acupuncturist who has completed formal training.
One of the advantages of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is the ability to create customized treatment plans for each individual. Like people, no two treatments are alike. Registered Acupuncturists have the knowledge, skill and confidence to treat the entire person and get great results.
If you have any questions about how regulation will effect you please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours in Health,
Amanda Merenda, B.Sc, R.Ac
I began seeing Amanda last February to help with quitting smoking, after trying so many methods over the years I was very skeptical at first. Little did I know that less than a month later I would be a non-smoker and am glad to say am still not smoking today. In addition to regular sessions with Amanda, she provided me with ‘ear buds’ to assist with the craving and/ r when I was having a weak moment. After all of my failed attempts, it was my acupuncture sessions designed especially for my needs that helped me quit my awful habit.
After successfully quitting smoking, Amanda had adjusted my sessions to assist me with pregnancy – before pregnancy and in its early stages. Having suffered two miscarriages I wanted my body to be in its best possible condition to lessen my chances of this happening again. Having already had one beautiful and healthy daughter, I knew that it was possible and believed strongly in the power of acupuncture! I am happy to say that I am now a mother to TWO beautiful girls and I truly believe that Amanda and her skills made all the difference. I am not sure I would have been so lucky if I wasn’t receiving her treatments.
Thank you Amanda !!
There is a HUGE difference between “Feeling healthy” and actually BEING healthy. Just because you “feel” healthy (i.e you have no symptoms) doesn’t mean that you are.
So what should you do to make sure you are healthy? Making daily healthy lifestyle choices (diet, exercise, decreasing stress and one that everyone neglects: SLEEP) are the best way to prevent injury, infection and illness. Sounds simple, but it’s not. You need the help of a healthcare practitioner to make sure that what you are doing is good for you and your body.
Book an appointment for a full-body assessment and find what organ systems are functionally sub-optimally. Our acupuncturist and kinesiologist will then set up a personalized treatment plan designed specifically to you and your needs.