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Lisa Gallant, B.A, RAc, TCMP
Lisa has always been interested in health and wellness, but began her path in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2007. After returning home from living in Korea, and exploring which path to take within the health field, Lisa found Traditional Chinese Medicine, which became her career and passion.
Lisa moved to the west coast to study at the oldest Chinese Medicine school in Canada in Victoria BC. She graduated with a 4 year diploma in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After rigorous board exams she made her way back to the place she will always call home. Since she has been back, she has built a successful practice in
Dartmouth at Natural Path Wellness Centre. She is absolutely thrilled to be expanding and joining the team at Halifax Yoga!
Lisa has seen amazing results in treating each person holistically and according to their own constitution. Working as an intern for 2 years in a busy clinic and operating a busy practice for 3 years, Lisa successfully treats patients using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet therapy, tui na massage, cupping therapy and gua ha. She is known as being personable, compassionate and thorough, always taking the time to get to know her patients and developing a treatment plan tailored to each specific case.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a tried and true form of medicine that has been successfully practiced for over 3000 years. Some assume it is “new age” but in reality it is a very old and complete medical system. The focus is on finding the root cause of disease in order to bring the body’s internal regulating system back into balance.
What can Chinese medicine treat?
Chinese medicine can treat a multitude of disorders. Here is a list
of some commonly treated conditions.
• Digestive ailments and disease
• Menopausal symptoms
• Gynecological disorders
• Chronic pain and injury
• Low immunity
• Chronic cough
• Circulatory disorders
• And much more…
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the body as a whole. All parts of the body must work together to produce a smooth flow of chi (Qi) or energy. When this energy becomes blocked due to a disharmony, we experience pain or illness. Acupuncture works to stimulate Qi within a system of meridians or pathways that circulate within the body. Fine filiform needles are inserted into carefully selected points to promote healing and create body balance. Points selected are based on complex Chinese medical
diagnosis. Chinese Herbs complement treatments very well and can speed up recovery time, especially in chronic disorders.
What Does All of This Mean?
Medical studies show that the insertion of fine acupuncture needles can regulate the nervous system and stimulate the release of pain relieving chemicals. These chemicals can change the experience of pain or trigger other hormones or chemicals to stimulate the bodies own internal regulating system. Acupuncture treatment is able to
stimulate changes in brain activity, blood pressure, heart rate, endocrine function and immune system response.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture should not be a painful, unpleasant experience but should be healing and peaceful. You should however feel “de qi” upon insertion of the needles. This is often experienced differently from person to person and is often described as a grabbing sensation or moving sensation to another area of the body. This is completely normal. Some treatments may be stronger then others which is often a sign of a successful treatment. Please inform your practitioner if you have concerns or questions at any time.
When Will I Feel Results and is One Treatment Enough?
It may take a couple of days to see results and it is possible that your condition may appear slightly worse before it gets better. Some will feel immediate results!
Treatment plans vary in length. If the condition is chronic then more treatments are needed. Some conditions can be treated in a few sessions. Remember, the goal is to treat the “root” of the problem by correcting the body’s imbalance. In some instances, this may take time.
What is the treatment procedure?
Your Chinese Medicine Practitioner will go through a thorough intake with you regarding your own signs and symptoms. You are treated according to your individual manifestations. Each person can experience the same condition in a variety of ways and has their own unique constitution.
Your very own treatment plan will now be in place. This may involve any one or combination of modalities of Chinese medicine, as seen fit. This may involve:
• Traditional Chinese herbs
• Diet therapy
• Tuina massage
• Cupping, gua sha and moxabustion.
Please do not hesitate in asking questions at anytime during your in- take or your treatment
Hours & Costs
Monday: 10:00am ~ 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am ~ 12:15pm
Initial Visits 75mins, $95 (no tax)
Return Visits 60mins, $80 (no tax)
*Please pre-fill this Intake form prior to your 1st appointment and bring it with you.
Please note that a cancellation policy is in effect and you must call to cancel your appointment. We require 24 hours notice for cancellation of any massage therapy appointment. These appointments can not be billed to your insurance company.
*There will be a $40.00 fee charged for “No Show” for your scheduled appt.*
**There will be a $25.00 fee charged for visits cancelled less than 24hrs in advance.**