Acupuncturists are health care professionals that specialize in Acupuncture Therapy and Chinese Medical Theory. This involves inserting ultra-fine needles into points on the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) to stimulate the energy pathways (or meridians). These needles regulate the body’s flow of Qi when manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation.

Thus, acupuncturists promote mental and physical well-being and prevent disease by improving body function and harmony. This includes treating for:

  • Mental conditions such as fatigue, insomnia, stress, addiction and depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Menstruation problems
  • Infertility
  • Muscle pain and inflammation
  • Various organ and body system dysfunctions

In Ontario, an “Acupuncturist” is a regulated profession subject to the standards of practice, guidelines and policies defined by the College of Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.