Have pain? Try Abdominal Acupuncture with Heechan (Hee-Chan), Registered Acupuncturist!

Often enough I get patients who are very nervous about the needles. Hence, they don’t even give acupuncture a try. I have met with many patients who are nervous about needles and after the first one goes in, they ask me, “That’s it?” Pain medications are good temporarily but they do not focus on the root cause hence the pain is felt again until another dose of painkillers is taken or your body heal itself of the pain. Acupuncture needles that I will use has a thickness of 0.22mm, so they are very thin. Abdominal Acupuncture is really powerful and effective but very gentle! And it can treat pain of all kinds and pain that is anywhere on the body!

The Abdominal acupuncture is so powerful it can treat pain that are years old. The earlier you seek an abdominal acupuncture treatment for pain the less treatments it takes! Abdominal acupuncture is still being used mainstream in parts of China and has been used for many decades. The abdomen is considered the 2nd brain in the body because it has the highest number of neurons outside of the brain and spinal cord, it regulates numerous homeostatic systems through its actions on the nervous and endocrine systems. It also contains approximately 95% of Serotonin which is the happy hormone. This happy hormone plays an important role in many emotional, digestive and immune functions.

In the treatment, the most you would feel during treatment is a prick or you might not feel anything at all. There are different sensations that can be felt after needling and these are normal sensations. Sometimes burning is felt due to remnants of alcohol left on the skin after wiping. Sometimes dull, sore, ache or heavy, sharp, pressure is felt. All of these sensations go away within a matter of seconds. And on rare occasions when the pain intensity is high the needle is adjusted so that rest of your treatment will be relaxing and calming.

My goal is for you to have a comfortable, relaxing, and calming treatment all the while addressing your chief complaint.

Did you know there is a BIG difference between Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) vs. other ‘practitioners’ without the title R.Ac providing acupuncture service? R.Ac has a minimal of 2 years of studies of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine theories that explains diseases with relation to the organs, emotions, diet, pulse, tongue and much more. Hence Registered Acupuncturist are able to treat more than just pain! Not to mention, more than 1200 hours of clinical experience. Other ‘practitioners’ without Registered Acupuncture (R.Ac) title who is providing acupuncture service has more likely have taken a weekend course to get the certification to provide acupuncture service. They have clinical experiences ranging from 20 hours to 500 hours of clinical experience. This does not mean it’s not effective at all but the approach of treatment is limited.

Explore and discover what Abdominal Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can do for you! Book an appointment with Heechan Lee, Registered Acupuncturist in Better Health Clinic today!

About the author ...

Heechan Lee graduated with honours from SSC Acupuncture Institute in the Acupuncture program and Traditional Chinese Medicine Program. He is currently a registered Acupuncturist and an active member of CTCMPAO and working towards in becoming a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

Weight Loss & Acupunctur​​e?!

Did you know that Acupuncture can help with weight loss? Acupuncture is more than just pricking someone with a needle. Our bodies work in strange ways that cannot be explained through simple science. Depending on the site of acupuncture, it can bring many beneficial & therapeutic effects. 

For example, there are points on the body when triggered, releases heat beneficial for those with fevers or a point combination that can help with constipation or dysmenorrhea (aka painful menstruation). 

Our ears are used for more than just listening, you can also treat the entire body by stimulating specific points on the ear. The ear houses points that can stimulate the parts of the body, the nervous system and organs. 

A randomized study conducted in 2013 showed that a treatment regime that consisted using ear acupuncture points for 8 weeks showed reduction in body mass index. 

Heechan will also be using different kinds of diagnostic methods to identify the root of the problem and guide you through recommendations in the form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Book an appointment with our Registered Acupuncturist Heechan Lee and start the New Year on the first step to losing weight!

About the author ...

Heechan Lee graduated with honours from SSC Acupuncture Institute in the Acupuncture program and Traditional Chinese Medicine Program. He is currently a registered Acupuncturist and an active member of CTCMPAO and working towards in becoming a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

What is Contemporary Medical Acupuncture?

acupunctureContemporary Medical Acupuncture is evidence based, precise peripheral nerve stimulation, in which fine solid needles are inserted into various locations in the body, with or without electrical stimuli. The end result is the balancing of abnormal activity in the nervous systems. Needling certain points in the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones. The improved biochemical balance produced by acupuncture improves the body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotional well-being.

So how Does Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve receptors in skin and muscle. Various substances are released that cause an increase of local blood flow that encourages tissue healing. Acupuncture helps to reduce pain locally where the needles are inserted and throughout the body. Acupuncture has a calming effect and produces well-being. It works by inactivating myofascial trigger points. It has been found to have positive effects on the brain. The effects of acupuncture accumulate when repeated.

About the author ...

Ashley Coelho is a graduate of the reputable Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School and is a member of the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario as well as the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario.

Welcome Dr. Jayne Marquis, Naturopathic Doctor, Homeopath

Jayne became a Naturopathic Doctor first, falling in love with the principles of Naturopathic Medicine, which resonated profoundly.

Naturopathic Medicine is a 4-year post University study covering all aspects of physiology, pathology diagnosis and treatment in Natural modalities. It is a primary health-care system, which treats health conditions by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic physicians aid the healing process by incorporating a variety of alternative methods based on the patient’s individual needs – nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Diet, lifestyle, and personal history are all considered when determining a health care regimen, using the following modalities.

• clinical nutrition
• botanical medicine
• traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture
• homeopathy
• lifestyle counselling

It was during her studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor that she decided to treat as a Naturopathic Doctor; but to specialize in homeopathy.

It was with homeopathy that she saw the deepest healing. And so after graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine she went to Ontario’s top school in Homeopathy (The Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine) for 2 more years to become a Homeopathic Doctor. She also graduated from Louis Kleins 3 year master Clinicians coarse in homeopathy and has studied the homeopathic masters; Jan Sholten, Frans Vermeulen, Sankaran and Divya Chambra and more.


Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the philosophy that “like cures like,” or “similar must be cured by similar.” The remedy must match the patient’s symptoms on all levels for the remedy to be considered “similar.” When the remedy matches the patient’s condition perfectly, the remedy is said to be the “simillimum.” This is the remedy that will produce complete healing.

Homeopathy’s miracle lies in its ability to treat the mental and emotional body and physical disease in tandem. As a result, homeopathy is truly holistic. While physical disease symptoms can be alleviated without healing the underlying mental and emotional disturbance, inevitably, the unhealed emotional pain will reappear on the physical level, sometimes in a more severe form.

The clinical emotional and psychological conditions for which homeopathy is most suitable:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Stress
• Anger • Mental illness
• Attention deficit disorder
• Excessive worry, panic
• Issues in relationships
• And much more

Examples of physical conditions homeopathy can treat:

• Asthma
• Skin conditions
• Fibromyalgia
• Digestive disturbances • Menopause symptoms
• Cancer
• Cold/flu
• And much more

“The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, accordingly to clearly comprehensible principles.”

Homeopathy prides itself in being gentle, yet thorough. In addition, it aims to address the entire person, not just the disease, and not just the affected parts. In homeopathy (and naturopathic medicine) it is understood that the individual is more than the sum of its parts.

About the author ...

Stacey Ayres, Osteopath Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, is the owner of Better Health Clinic, She is a member of the Canadian College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Stacey has a particular interest in pediatrics, chronic pain, post trauma and surgery rehabilitation, and fertility.