Community acupuncture is a way to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to everyone in the community. There will be an initial one on one visit with Dr. Laura, ND where she will review your health history, assess your condition and then provide an initial acupuncture treatment and expectations for how many sessions you will need and how often. After this initial visit, you can book in for community acupuncture for future visits.
During community acupuncture, there may be up to 4 people receiving acupuncture at this time in a large shared room. A relaxing environment has been established so you can get comfortable and enjoy your treatment. You’ll be laying either face up or face down on a table, fully clothed. Please wear loose clothing that will allow access to your arms up to your shoulders and your legs up to your knees. You’ll be asked to remove your shoes and socks.
Covid-19 safety: All patients are required to fill out the Covid-19 screening form before arriving for their visit. Ample space has been set up between each treatment table and everyone will use hand sanitizer upon arrival. Masks are required to be worn for the duration of the visit. After each treatment, the table is disinfected thoroughly.


Needles inserted during an acupuncture treatment should be painless. Every patient experience is different; patients may experience bruising, bleeding, needle site pain and sensation, or needle fainting. However, these symptoms may be expected (minimal bleeding) and desired (tingle, tight sensation - "de qi response"). Patients should inform the practitioner if any discomfort arises.
Dry needling is a technique that is based strictly on body anatomy as opposed to TCM principles. Thin metal needles are inserted in specific muscle trigger points to release pain. Dry needling does not apply any TCM principles nor diagnosis. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in dry needling.
Cupping is a form of therapy that involves the suction of the skin and the surface muscle layer to stretch and be drawn into a cup. Cupping is used to encourage the blood flow of the body and treat conditions such as acute or chronic pains, respiratory problems and musculoskeletal problems.
After the cups are removed from the session, temporary red marks might show on the patient’s skin. These marks might remain on the skin for up to 10 days. These marks are a result of bruising and minor bleeding from broken capillary blood vessels. As with any heat therapy, there may be a chance of burning and scarring. Further, wet cupping carries a risk of exposure to and transfer of infections and bloodborne diseases, if needles are not properly sanitized.
  • Listening to the sound of your breathing, voice
  • The quality of cough, if there is one. 
  • The practitioner will also observe any breath odour.
  • The naturopath will touch/palpate you to discover body temperature, body moisture, pain, and strategic acupuncture points.
  • The naturopath will make observations of your tongue, by examining the colour, coating, and shape. Your naturopath will also observe your face, eyes, etc.
  • The naturopath will take your pulse. This is an important aspect of a naturopath being able to diagnose, and in some cases, indicate a problem or weakness before symptoms occur. Each wrist has three positions along the radial artery that represent each organ of the body. There are 28 different pulse characteristics pertaining to position, depth, rate, width, strength, quality, and rhythm.