Balanced Health Care
Helping you achieve a balanced body, mind and spirit... naturally

51 Underhill Drive, Don Mills (Toronto) (416) 441-9222   info@balancedhealthcare.ca

Balanced Health Care has an excellent and friendly team of natural health professionals, working together to help you and your family meet your medical and rehabilitation needs. We treat you with dignity and respect, and take the time to learn who you are to offer you custom-tailored care.


We can help you benefit from the healing properties of chiropractic care, massage therapy, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, Active Release Therapy, Graston Therapy, footcare and the fitting of orthotics. We care for persons of every age - from infants to older adults. Our specialties include pregnancy and pediatric care, and therapeutic treatment of injuries.  

Our location has lots of free parking and is wheelchair accessible.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a part of a naturopathic doctor's scope of practice. Our naturopath Dr. Diane Peters performs acupuncture based on traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Peters has practiced acupuncture effectively for several years to provide symptomatic relief and management of a variety of health conditions.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. It originated in China some 3,500 years ago. It is performed by penetrating the skin with needles at certain points on the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of Qi (vital energy) through channels known as meridians.

What conditions does it treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders. These include neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, headaches, migraines and back/neck/shoulder pain; emotional and psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety; circulatory disorders such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia; women's issues including menstrual cramps, menopause symptoms and infertility; addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders such as asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis; and gastrointestinal conditions such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia, nausea following surgery and gastritis.

How does it work?

Hair-thin sterilized acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin at or near meridian points to a depth of no more than a half-inch to an inch. Although this sounds uncomfortable, acupuncture treatments are most often very relaxing and involve minimal, if any, pain. Depending on your own personal issues, you may require a series of treatments. However many people report that they feel much better even after one treatment. 

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. All needles are sterile and are only used once. Because the treatment is drug-free, patients do not have to worry about taking medication or suffering adverse reactions or side effects. Although needles seldom draw blood, if you have a tendency to bleed or bruise easily, or if you are a hemophiliac, acupuncture may not be suitable for you.

What should I expect on my first visit?

During your first visit, Dr. Diane Peters begins with exploring your detailed medical history. Since acupuncture performed within the spectrum of naturopathy takes a holistic approach to patient care, you may be asked questions that appear unimportant such as your sleeping habits, ability to tolerate heat or cold, and dietary habits. This exploration is vital to the type of care you will receive.

After reviewing your history, Dr. Peters will begin diagnosing your ailment. Depending on your condition, you may be subjected to an examination of your tongue, as well as an examination of your pulse.

Using all of the information obtained through your history and diagnosis, Dr. Peters will then determine the cause of your symptoms. Depending on the condition, needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. She may apply mild electrical stimulation to the needles to enhance acupuncture's therapeutic effect.

Depending on the seriousness and the length of your condition, your first visit will be at least one hour. It may take several visits to see significant improvement or cure your condition. As with any treatment plan, however, make sure that your questions are answered completely, and that the treatment plan seems viable and reasonable. If you don't understand a particular technique or type of treatment, make sure to ask Dr. Peters - she is more than happy to answer your questions!