Registered Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Our clinic, BodyMed, has served Vaughan for over 18 years with personalized traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment and herbal medicines. Acupuncture is widely used for chronic pain, anxiety/depression, sleep disorders, weight loss, smoking cessation and infertility treatments.
Over the last 30 years, James Fu, our registered traditional Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist has treated patients with chronic conditions such as arthritis, depression, lower immune function and more. He has also helped the government to establish professional standards of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a transitional council member of CMPAO since 2008.
Insurance Covered, Direct Billed Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is usually covered by common insurance plans in Ontario including extended health plan by your employer, auto insurance (in case of accidents) and WSIB. BodyMed conveniently bills your insurance company directly in most cases.
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Safe and Medication Free treatment
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Acupuncture Does Not Hurt, Really!
Know Your Certified Acupuncturist at BodyMed
James Fu RTCMP, RAc
Practising Acupuncture since 1990,
Member CMPAO since 2008.
James Fu, has been practising Acupuncture therapy since 1990 and has been involved in various initiatives including establishing professional standards of the therapy for the government of Ontario. He graduated from a 5-year full-time TCM Program at Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984. And he furthered his study in Acupuncture for another 3 years and earned his Master Degree in Medicine from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Beijing in 1987, one of the top institutions in the higher education of TCM in China. Before working at BodyMed, he has worked at various hospitals and clinics including Wasser Pain Management Center Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.
Dr. Fu is a board member and one of founders of Traditional Chinese Medicine Physicians Association of Canada (TCMPAC), a non-profit professional organization registered with federal government of Canada. He has spoken on international conferences and symposium and published a number of papers and books.
Over the last many years, James has a loyal following of patients who have successfully recovered from chronic conditions such as arthritis, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, menstrual and menopausal disorders, digestive illnesses, sport and car accident injuries, lower immune function and more. He has also successfully treated patients for infertility and weight loss.
James is a firm believer and practitioner in ancient tradition of Five Elements Acupuncture. Five Element Acupuncture is a time-honoured medicine that uses the principles of nature to bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance. Each person has a unique constitution of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, or Wood. By restoring balance to the elements within, we create harmony and health. Five Element Acupuncture restores balance by treating the root causes of disease, not just the symptoms.
“My role is to listen as deeply as i can to what the spirit is asking for.” – James
Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles, sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus, on the body surface at specific points in order to influence physiological functioning of the body to treat specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the ancient Chinese doctors over a period of 5,000 years.
What Problems Can Be Treated By Acupuncture?
There are many diseases that can be treated successfully by Acupuncture or its related treatments. The most common ailments currently being treated are: lower backache, sciatica, arthritic conditions (such as osteoarthritis), headaches of all kinds (including migraine),allergic reactions, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, over-weight, infertility and menopausal syndromes . There have also been clinical trials in the use of Acupuncture in treating anxiety disorders and depression. Likewise, very high success rates have been found in treating addictions to alcohol, tobacco (nicotine) and “hard’ drugs. Acupuncture can rid the body of the physical dependency.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that acupuncture is suitable for treating more than 40 health conditions.
How Deep Do The Needles Go?
That depends on the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, and constitution, and on the acupuncturist’s style or school. Usually the needles are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch.
Does it Hurt?
Basically, acupuncture is not hurting or very mild sore less than a mosquito bite if the practitioner has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle. Some sensation such as heaviness, distention, warmth or tingling after the insertion of the needle can be felt either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian. In Chinese, the sensation is called “De Chee” or “Arrival of Qi”, which is positive for a good treatment result. Some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as types of pain. In any case, if you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.
Are The Needles Clean?
We only use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable high quality needles. Needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments, as this could spread disease.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
So far, modern medicine cannot completely explain how it works. Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood) through distinct meridians (energy pathways) that cover the entire body like blood vessels. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is in excess. In this way acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious balance of the body. In Chinese there is a saying: “There would be no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there must be no free flow.”
Are There Different Acupuncture Styles?
Yes. Acupuncture originated in China but has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, the British Isles, and the U.S. In different countries, differences in styles have evolved due to differing opinions on theory and technique. Patients should talk to their practitioners about their style to become appropriately informed about the treatment being proposed.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
That depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. Please ask our acupuncturist for specific programs we are currently offering.
What Should I Know About The Proposed Treatments?
Your practitioner will explain the nature of your problem and what treatment he is recommending. He will tell you the benefits/risks of the proposed treatment, what other treatment options are available to you through his practice or by referral to another practitioner or doctor. If you agree to go ahead with the treatments, your practitioner will tell you what progress to expect, what to do if you don’t experience that progress, and what to do if you feel worse.
Is There Anything I Need To Do Before Receiving an Acupuncture Treatment?
Yes. The following suggestions will help you get the most out of your session.
- Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the chance of bacterial infection.
- To prevent loss, wear no jewelry.
- Wear loose clothing. Women should not wear one-piece dresses or pantyhose.
- Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex.
Is there anything I need to do while getting a treatment?
- Relax. There’s no need to be anxious. Ask your practitioner any questions as they occur to you so you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
- Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell the doctor.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
You may notice a spot of blood at one or more of the needle sites, or a small bruise could develop. These are not harmful, but please let your practitioner know if you are concerned about them. Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate, total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last, or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief, but symptoms may diminish over the next couple of days. Generally you should expect to feel better. Most patients will have more questions that this brochure can answer. Your doctor is used to answering questions such as: Should I continue to see my MD Should I continue to take my present medications? What should I eat? What can I do at home to improve my condition? Please discuss these and other questions with our acupuncturist.