Dr. Julie Callan-Near was accredited  through;

The McMaster University of Medical Acupuncture Program: An Evidence-Based Approach to Traditional Chinese Medicine is conducted at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. The first class was enrolled in 1999 and attended in 2000. This program utilizes the most current evidence through clinical trials, and systematic reviews for point selections and applications. Point locations are taught in anatomy labs, through illustrations in small group demonstrations and practice. The more advanced concepts of the courses will be based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The acupuncture courses are designed specifically for the needs the Health Care Professionals who are seeking to advance their scientific evidence based knowledge of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

This program meets the Accreditation Criteria of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the American Medical Association P.R.A. Category 1. Our program fulfills the training requirements or is recognized by the Worker Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario and many other major insurance companies for payments for Acupuncture Providers.

Taken from McMaster University website: Acupuncture, Program Objectives and Highlights.



Many sports injuries can be treated with acupuncture, at some point you have to stop blaming the golf ball for the flight pattern!

What is Acupuncture?

It is the one of the oldest forms of therapy. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept that disease arises from an imbalance of Ying and Yang; two energy forces within the body. This vital energy circulates through the body along the meridians. According to traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture promotes the flow of qi (pronounced chee) and brings balance to the human body. Modern or Western Medicine often focuses more on the trigger points called Ah Shi points in Chinese. Out of the original 361 points of TCM 71% of these corresponds to trigger points.

What do you feel when you have acupuncture?

When needles have been placed successfully, the patient will feel a sensation known as De Chi. De Chi is described as a subjective feeling of fullness, tingling, warmth with some local soreness and a feeling of distension around the acupuncture point.

How does it work?

Western scientific research has proposed that acupuncture might relive pain based on the premise of gate control theory of pain. This means that one type of sensory input (example low back pain) could be inhibited in the central nervous system by another type of input (acupuncture needling). There is also evidence that acupuncture may stimulate the production of endorphins, serotonin, opiod peptides and acetylcholine within the central nervous system, enhancing analgesia (reduced pain).

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture has considerably lower incidence of adverse side effects when compared to many western interventions like pharmaceutical drugs. With any intervention there are risks associated with a procedure. Minor adverse reactions include tissue trauma like bruising and bleeding, vasovagal effects like nausea or fainting, broken needles, transient worsening of symptoms. Serious adverse effects are infection or perforation or organs which are very rare and do not occur often.

Safety precautions are taken to provide the utmost care these include;

· The practitioner will wash his or her hands before and after the procedure.

· Alcohol to clean the skin will be used; on occasion the alcohol residue may result in a stinging or burning sensation during insertion.

· Needles are held only by the handle when inserted and removed.

· Needles are NEVER re-used, single use disposable sterile needles are used at all times.

· Used needles are disposed in appropriate safety containers.

· Cotton swabs will be used and applied pressure to bleeding areas.

· Gloves and masks will be used in high risk situations.


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