Never Received TCM in Oshawa? Learn What to Expect on Your First Visit.

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Parking
Paid parking is provided to patients at the rear of the Oshawa Clinic. The parking lot can be accessed by Charles Street or Athol Street. Payment machines are located inside the Oshawa Clinic and in the parking lot. Metered street parking is available, but extremely limited.

Please note: Do not park in the parking lot in front of Saver’s Drug Store, or you may be ticketed and/or towed!

Walking Directions
If entering the clinic from King Street East, use the entrance on the west wing of the building (located to your right when looking at the front of the building). If entering the clinic from Charles Street or Athol Street, use the entrance to the west wing (located to your left if looking at the building). We are located on the first floor of the west wing, within the first door on your right. 

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Our Front Desk
We are open six days a week, with appointment times available all day, including early mornings and evenings after work. When you call to make an appointment, our administrator will assist you with general inquiries, assistance with insurance billing, and services that will give you the support you need. If you have a specific question relating to your medical condition, she can connect you with one of our practitioners. Call 905‑721‑4917 or email go.tcm.jane@gmail.com. You can also make an appointment online here:

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Your First Appointment
Please arrive 10 minutes before scheduled appointments to give yourself enough time to fill out paperwork. You can relax in our spacious and airy waiting room, and help yourself to some water while your browse our books and magazines. One of our practitioners will greet you and take you into a treatment room to speak in private. No special clothing is necessary, as whatever you are wearing you will likely remove for treatment. You'll change in private and be covered throughout your treatment.

Consultation
This is the most important part of the treatment. We will first discuss your goals and what you can expect from the treatment. Like a story, every patient has a journey they go through and the practitioner listens and determines how we can support your journey. For most cases, we can help and use TCM as a guide. We will let you know if we believe TCM is not the right treatment for you.

After the initial part of the consultation, we will discuss your recommended treatment protocol, fees, and schedule with you. After you are clear with the treatment protocol and agree to start the treatment, you will then sign the consent forms. You can begin your treatment after the consultation, or schedule your treatment for a later time.

Your Diagnosis and Treatment
After your consultation (or during your follow-up visit), your practitioner will form a diagnosis based on a TCM assessment. Your treatment will then follow the modalities discussed during the consultation. In most cases, the initial treatment is fairly conservative to ensure you are comfortable with the process. This also allows our practitioners to see how you respond to the initial treatment.

A definite prognosis is always difficult to formulate, especially following an initial consultation. After the first two to three treatments, however, your practitioner should have a good understanding of your condition and be able to offer you a reasonable idea of how many treatments you will need. While many people will feel some changes in their condition immediately, or within the first 2-3 treatments, others with more chronic or complex conditions will need at least a couple months of treatment before a significant change occurs. If you are not noticing any changes, it does not mean that the treatment is not helping you. Many times the changes are slow and healing takes time. In the most general terms possible, one month of treatment may be necessary for each year the condition has been active.

If you are having an acupuncture treatment, the initial treatment may use three to ten (or more) acupuncture points. Acupuncture should not hurt. You may feel a “fish grabbing a hook” sensation, numbness, or a warm, tingling sensation. Your practitioner will work with you and describe his/her intent with the points.

As part of your overall treatment plan, your practitioner may also prescribe lifestyle and nutritional changes to help you rebalance your body and mind.

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The Principles Behind Our Treatments

The causes of disharmony are divided into three main areas:

1) Internal Causes
Illnesses can be caused by emotions such as anger, sadness, worry, fear, joy, grief, pensiveness, and shock. While these emotions are normal and healthy responses to the many situations we encounter in daily life, they can cause disease when they are intense, prolonged, or are not expressed over a long period of time.

Other causes can be those inherited from our parents. In TCM, it is said that during conception, the fetus inherits the Jing-essence from the parents, which is crucial to the development of the individual through life.

Such hereditary factors such as allergies and cancer can be located within the Jing-essence.

2) External Causes
Disharmony can also relate to climatic conditions. There are six of these conditions, usually known as the six pathogenic factors. They are: wind, cold, damp, fire and heat, dryness and summer heat. Different climatic conditions are appropriate during each season and we usually adapt to them as they come and go.

However, extremes of weather such as a very cold winter or unseasonable weather such as a warm spell in winter make us more vulnerable to the effects of that climatic condition and consequently to becoming ill.

3) Miscellaneous Causes

These include work, exercise, diet, sexual activity, and physical trauma. TCM teaches that these factors can have a profound influence on our bodies.

For example, too much physical work can impair Qi. Too much mental activity can damage the spleen. Someone who works outdoors is more liable to be at risk from the six pathogenic factors.

Excessive sexual activity is considered to be damaging to the kidney and injury would make the injured body part more vulnerable to the exogenous factors.

The TCM Philosophy

Yin and Yang is an important and fundamental concept in TCM. It refers to pairs of mutually dependent opposites (e.g. hot and cold, internal and external, dark and light), complementary aspects of the whole, and ability to transform into each other, as found in nature and in the body. There is dynamic interaction and, in a healthy state, equilibrium between the two.

A disease is a result of the imbalance of the Yin and Yang. For example, hot flashes in menopause are seen as having too much Yang energy and too little Yin, feeling chilly and having swollen ankles is considered to be excessive Yin relative to Yang, while a fever is seen as relative excess of Yang. Treatment would thus involve restoring the Yin/ Yang balance (e.g. reduce excess Yang into Yin for fever by promoting sweating with herbs and acupuncture).

TCM Assessment

TCM practitioners are trained to use specific assessment techniques to determine areas of imbalance in the body.

1) Inspection
This is a visual assessment of the face, eyes, etc., including observation of tongue colour, coating, and shape which corresponds to certain organs.

2) Listening and Smelling
The sound of voice and breath, quality of cough, odour of breath, and skin are all examined.

3) Inquiry
Your practitioner will inquire about current complaints, current medication intake, health history, family health history, patterns of sleep, appetite, digestion, bowel movement, urine, sweat, pain, emotional features, lifestyle features, and gynecological features.

4) Touching
This assessment technique involves palpation of the body to discover body temperature, body moisture, pain, strategic acupuncture points, and pulse diagnosis.

Pulse diagnosis is very important in diagnosing illness and, in some cases, can indicate a problem or weakness before symptoms occur.

On each wrist are 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.

After the four procedures, the information gathered is analyzed and grouped together to formulate a TCM diagnosis and pattern discrimination. It is believed that there are interrelationships between the signs and symptoms of the body, regardless of the complexity of the condition.

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117 King St. E,

Oshawa, ON, L1H 1B9

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