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Contrast Healthcare and Acupuncture

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Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Herbs & Osteopathy in Northeast (NE) Calgary

At Contrast Healthcare & Acupuncture Clinic, our main focus is to help you achieve better health. Our experienced practitioners can treat a wide variety of health concerns, both chronic and acute. We also work with any pain complaints you may be experiencing, regardless of their cause. Our goal is to improve your quality of life by reducing pain, improving symptoms, and getting to the root of the problem. We personalize every treatment plan to your individual needs, allowing for a more successful outcome. Our main therapies in the clinic are – Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, Cupping, Moxibustion, and Osteopathy (Manual Osteopathic Therapy). Depending on your specific needs, these therapies may be used independently or in combination with each other.



Acupuncture, dating back over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is believed to stimulate the body’s innate healing abilities. It targets specific points on the body, known as acupoints, which are interconnected through a network of meridians. These meridians are believed to be the pathways through which vital energy, or “Qi,” flows. By inserting needles into these points, acupuncture aims to restore the balance of Qi, facilitating the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture has a well-established reputation for effectively addressing a wide range of health complaints, both physical and mental. It is known for its drug-free, non-invasive, and safe approach to treatment, making it a valuable alternative for those seeking relief from pain and various medical conditions. While the effectiveness of acupuncture can vary depending on the individual and the condition, it has stood the test of time, helping millions of people worldwide. 

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is part of one of the greatest medical systems of the world – Traditional Chinese Medicine. As a result, it has an unbroken tradition dating back to the 3rd century BC. It continues to sustain itself and prove effective through many areas of research. Chinese Herbal Medicine is believed to expedite the healing process, and strengthen, support, and tonify the body. Chinese herbal formulas can address the underlying root cause of various medical conditions, whether acute or chronic. Oftentimes, Chinese herbs are prescribed together with acupuncture to improve treatment outcomes and the patient’s overall health.

Oncology / Cancer Acupuncture certification

Acupuncture for Cancer Support

At Contrast Healthcare, we offer individualized support through your cancer journey. Our practitioners have completed post-graduate training to assist patients diagnosed with cancer, and understand the challenges of cancer from both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoints. Our practitioners have an in-depth comprehension of Oncology Acupuncture, and have a Western medical understanding of cancer’s progression, diagnosis, and treatment methods. Acupuncture for cancer support is often used for the side effects, symptoms, and any other complaints a patient may experience while receiving conventional care.


Fire Cupping

Fire cupping is traditionally used to encourage blood flow through the body, helping to relieve pain from injuries and musculoskeletal complaints. As well, it has been shown beneficial for respiratory infections, low immunity, and other chronic conditions. Fire cupping can be a stand-alone treatment, but is often used alongside acupuncture.

Chinese fire-cupping as part of acupuncture treatment
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Moxibustion (moxa)

Moxa is used in several ways in TCM, most commonly, as a tonification treatment, making the body stronger and more resilient. Moxa may be used for pain complaints that have a “cold nature”, and is believed that it enters into the specific meridians, expelling the cold from them. Additionally, moxibustion is also used for breech presentation in pregnancy. Most often, moxa will be incorporated into your overall TCM treatment, and used alongside acupuncture.

Osteopathy (Manual Osteopathic Therapy)

Osteopathy is a set of hands-on assessment and treatment techniques which aims to restore proper function to the body. Osteopathic Therapy looks at the body in a wholistic way, addressing underlying causes of disfunction. Osteopathy can reduce symptoms as well as improve overall health.
osteopathy assessment on lady

For more information on Acupuncture in Alberta, please visit the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta website.

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WCB Approved Provider

We look forward to helping you through your recovery. As a WCB approved provider, your road to better health is our priority. Please contact us for more information.

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