Project Description

Acupuncture Services in Hamilton

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 or from a contemporary medical approach. Each style has a different purpose and at Durand Health we have practitioners that are trained in both styles.

Scared of needles? Don’t be! The gauge (size) of an acupuncture needle is so small that you will barely feel them on application. Our practitioners all have a very gentle touch so rest assured your treatment will not only be effective but will also be comfortable. Please inquire about how we can best serve you.

Who provides acupuncture?

At Durand Health acupuncture is offered by our naturopath, Dr. El Sawaf; Spring Shen, Registered Acupuncturist (R. Ac) & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R. TCMP); Victor Simani Registered Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and our physiotherapist, Margaret Wilding. Acupuncture services are billed according to each practitioner’s respective discipline. Please check your benefits plan to see how we can best serve you.

Collaborative Care

Our acupuncture providers work collaboratively with the other healthcare practitioners in the clinic including physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropodists, and other specialists in order to best manage your health needs. Please inquire for more information.

Acupuncture Can Help With:


  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia


Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders:

  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Pain

  • Common nerve conditions such as impingement, disc herniations, entrapment syndromes

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Muscle strains

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Low Back Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Headache

  • Arthritis

Organ/Systems Disorders:

  • Menstrual Cramps

  • Infertility

  • Sinusitis

  • Nausea

Practitioners Offering Acupuncture

Margaret Wilding

Margaret Wilding

Margaret Wilding is a Physiotherapist registered with The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in good standing. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (1987). With extensive training initially and throughout her career in musculoskeletal injury and treatment, she completed further examinations in Acupuncture in 1996 with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. She began education into Vestibular disorders and Dizziness in 2010 and Concussion injuries following that. An awareness of need for pain management strategies led to more recent APTEI Persistent Pain Certification.

Margaret has had the opportunity to work in small towns, in hospitals and community Physiotherapy clinics, at the YMCA and in multidisciplinary practises. She has had the pleasure of supervising university students from McMaster Physiotherapy and Redeemer Kinesiology programs.

Margaret has been dedicated to learning and sharing current evidence and best practices with patients and colleagues alike. She brings energy, humour and a firm focus on the goals of her patients as they walk together through injury to recovery.

When not living through pandemics, she plays bass in a band and visits group homes with teenagers. She has recently discovered and recommends camping.

“Life is about joy. My job is to get you back to doing the things you love!” 

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Victor Simani

Registered Acupuncturist & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Victor Simani

Victor graduated as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) from The International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, and is a Registered Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner R.TCMP, R.Ac in Ontario. Upon graduation, he pursued post graduate academic studies at the Anhui Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and followed this with a practice in China.

Victor has now been practicing for over 20 years and through his Traditional Chinese Medicine approach he is able to treat a number of health conditions. His passions are preventative medicine, sports injuries, internal medicine, gynecological conditions including male & female fertility. Victor is also an experienced cosmetic acupuncturist, offering another way to help you feel and look your best!

“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor” – Egyptian Pyramid Inscription

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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).

Spring’s primary approach to practice is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is the consolidation of the ancient Chinese medical theories of acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary therapy and Qi Gong exercise/meditation. 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 help 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 with her patients.

Spring is passionate about nature and the great outdoors. She likes to practice Qi Gong and Yoga. She is also a certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and Yoga Instructor.

“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.
Amani El Sawaf is a licensed naturopathic doctor, board-certified from the College of Naturopaths in Ontario. El Sawaf completed conventional medical school training in Egypt. She graduated from medical school with an honours degree and joined the rheumatology residency program at Cairo University, Egypt. There, she was trained on diagnosis and management of autoimmune diseases and arthritis using chemotherapy, biological treatment and rehabilitation care. El Sawaf went on to obtain her master’s and a doctorate degree in rheumatology. She was promoted to a professor of rheumatology before leaving Cairo University.

Dr. El Sawaf has practiced rheumatology for over 20 years, during which she published 27 scientific research articles in recognized medical journals, including Lancet and BJR. Amani has since devoted her time and efforts to studying naturopathic medicine to help people support their physical, mental and emotional health. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2019. Since then, she found a great advantage in supporting patients as compared to her previous training, where she did not practice this type of medicine. Amani is interested in other areas of naturopathic medical care that include but are not limited to women’s health, rheumatology and autoimmune disorders.

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

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