Will the interns be supervised?
Yes, interns are supervised at all times. Interns are under full supervision at the early stage of the internship, and will be proximally supervised as they are gaining the independency. Supervisor are always present in the clinic, treatment plans are discussed on regular basis.
How early should I arrive for my appointment?
New patients should arrive 10 - 15 minutes prior of the appointment to complete a clinic intake form. Late arrival may result cancellation of the appointment.
What if I can’t make my appointment?
In general, a minimum of 24 hours is required for cancellation of an appointment.
We understand that situations may arise that result in you being unable to attend your appointment. If this is the case, please notify our reception staff of the cancellation as soon as possible and they will assist you in rescheduling.
What is involved in the consultation?
During consultation, we will listen to the concerns and taken the symptoms seriously. In traditional Chinese medicine, every aspect will be taken into account to your health evaluation.
For the first visit, we usually start with chief complaint, and we may then ask a series of questions that may or may not related to the primary concern. Medical history, family history, quality and shape of pulses and tongue, observation of complexion, appearance and manner will all taken into consideration in forming the diagnosis.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we checking pulses quite differently from Western medicine. In addition to speed and rhythm, we feel the pulses in three different positions on each of the wrists which enables us to gauge how well each of the major organs are functioning.
Interns and supervisor will use the information gathered to conclude final diagnosis and form the treatment plans. Depending on the complexity, the consultation process may take 5 - 20 minutes.
Will I have to disrobe?
No. At the Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, we fully respect patient's privacy and aware of the importance of comfort.
How long does treatment take?
Appointment with interns are scheduled for 60 minutes which providing enough time for intake, discussion and proper treatment.
How often should I come for a treatment?
Acupuncture is very effective for a range of health conditions. However, the number of treatments varies, as each person is different. Most patients experience relief after one or two sessions, while others take weeks or months to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer, and prevention is an ongoing process.
As people respond to acupuncture differently, our acupuncturists will discuss the treatment frequency with you personally. In general, one to two acupuncture sessions a week is recommended at the beginning.
Who are Acupuncturists?
In Alberta, as a regulated health profession, acupuncture is governed by the Acupuncture Regulation under the Health Disciplines Act. An acupuncturist is a person who, having completed an appropriate training program based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and on basic biophysical science, has the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and treat a range of diseases and disorders using the insertion and manipulation of acupuncture needles and using the techniques of acupressure, cupping and moxibustion. Other health professionals are not prohibited to perform acupuncture, however, only those who are registered under the Health Disciplines Act can be titled as acupuncturist