Acupuncture is a nerve stimulation technique that uses fine needles and sometimes mild electrical stimulation for a therapeutic purpose. Acupuncture can be offered from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach using meridians and Qi or a contemporary medical approach using pain points and gentle electrical stimulation. Each style has a different purpose, and at Durand Health, we have practitioners that offer both!

Using disposable and sterile needles no thicker than a strand of hair, they are inserted into specific points on the body. These needles create stimulation in the skin, your lymphatic and circulatory systems and results in putting the body into repair mode.

Acupuncture is a nerve stimulation technique that uses fine needles and sometimes mild electrical stimulation for a therapeutic purpose. Acupuncture can be offered from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach using meridians and Qi or a contemporary medical approach using pain points and gentle electrical stimulation. Each style has a different purpose, and at Durand Health, we have practitioners that offer both!

Using disposable and sterile needles no thicker than a strand of hair, they are inserted into specific points on the body. These needles create stimulation in the skin, your lymphatic and circulatory systems and results in putting the body into repair mode.

TCM Acupuncture vs Contemporary Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture follows the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of energy, or “Qi”. This constant flow through the body is what keeps our internal forces balanced. Sometimes, the flow of Qi can become blocked, which results in a lack of function, pain, or illness. The placement of needles follows the network of pathways or meridians in the body that are connected to the function of muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and internal organs. Acupuncture can release this blockage through stimulation to evoke the body’s natural healing process.

Contemporary medical acupuncture is designed to help treat any condition through tissue-specific acupuncture needle insertion points, with or without electrical stimulation. Targeting muscles, joints, and nerves throughout the body to help promote healing and regulation of the injured area. Contemporary acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.

Who provides acupuncture at Durand Health?

Dr. Amani El Sawaf, Naturopath (N.D.)

Spring Shen, Registered Acupuncturist (R. Ac) & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R. TCMP)

Sophia Bolos, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) & Registered Acupuncturist (R. Ac)

Dr. Greg Bolger, Chiropractor (D.C.)

Dr. Julia Tolton, Naturopath (N.D.)

Acupuncture services are billed according to each practitioner’s respective discipline. Please check your benefits plan to see how we can best serve you or call us HERE with inquiries.

Acupuncture Can Help With:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Insomnia
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Pain
  • Pain (Neck, Back, Shoulder, Wrists, Hands, Knees, Ankles, Feet)
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Infertility
  • Nausea
  • Fibromyalgia

Collaborative Care

When needed, our acupuncturists may work collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners within the clinic including physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropodists, and massage therapists to best manage your health needs. Please inquire for more information.

Practitioners Offering Acupuncture

sophia bolos

Registered Massage Therapist & Registered Acupuncturist

Tapping into her years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Acupuncturist, Sophia supports her clients with a holistic approach when working with them toward their health and wellness goals. She tailors her treatments to the individual’s needs and preferences using a variety of techniques such as deep tissue massage, cupping, Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture, and acupressure. Whether you seek treatment for a specific issue or a more general, relaxing massage, Sophia can match therapeutic techniques to meet you where you are on your health journey and promote your body’s ability to heal.

“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” – Thich Hat Hanh

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Chun Hui (Spring) Shen

Registered Acupuncturist & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practioner

Chun Hui (Spring) Shen is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP). Spring received her education at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (AIM) Academy and the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (OCTCM). Her practice places a great emphasis on the treatment of disharmony in the mind, emotions and spirit. Spring’s nature is one of kindness and compassion, and she has a deep commitment to helping people restore their health, improve their well-being and pursue health in mind/body/spirit as a whole. Spring is known to be very attentive and has a calming and empathetic approach to her patients.

“A chronic disease with a very long history can still be cured, and those who think otherwise have not really mastered the art of acupuncture.” – Nei Jing

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Dr. Amani El Sawaf

Naturopath, N.D.

Dr. Amani El Sawaf is a licensed Naturopathic Medicine Doctor, board-certified by the College of Naturopaths in Ontario. El Sawaf completed conventional medical school training in Egypt. She graduated from medical school with an honours degree. She joined the rheumatology residency program at Cairo University, Egypt. Amani has since devoted her time and efforts to studying naturopathic medicine to help people support their physical, mental and emotional health. She enjoys seeing what her patients can accomplish when they are listened to and feel empowered on their healing journey.

“The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it” – Hippocrates

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