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Conditions Treated

We are an integrated team of health professionals that provide full spectrum care for a wide variety of conditions and life events.  We develop treatment plan for dealing with acute or chronic pain that is physical and/or emotional in nature, challenges with lifestyle choices and difficult life transitions. We provide you with strategies for becoming more effective at managing your health and wellness.

Conditions Treated

Women’s Health

Women’s Health refers to maintaining a balance in the functioning of the female anatomy.  This includes physical structures with respect to the reproductive system, the effects of hormone imbalances, and susceptibility to certain biological conditions based on gender.  Our practitioners at Root Wellness have extensive experience in the complex field of women’s health. We work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your goals and expectations.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea & other menstrual irregularities
  • Breast Health Issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids, Cysts & Polyps
  • Infections (Yeast, UTI, STD, PID)
  • PCOS – polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • PMS
  • Fertility & Conception
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Menopause

Fertility  (Men & Women)

Creating a child is a beautiful gift, and when we’re faced with difficulties in achieving a family, the physical and emotional stressors can be debilitating.  Acupuncture for fertility related issues – for both women and men – has a history of great success, whether you are trying to conceive naturally or in conjunction with assisted technologies such as IVF.  Our practitioners at Root Wellness have extensive experience and specialized education in all aspects of the fertility process. From preparing the body for conception, maintaining a healthy pregnancy to post-partum rebalancing, we offer practical and compassionate support. Contact us to discuss out how we can help you and / or your partner optimize your chances of conceiving.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Habitual Miscarriage
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology: IVF, ICSI, IUI, PESA, donor
  • Ovulation Disorders
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Luteal Phase Defect
  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Amenorrhea
  • Stress Management
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Abnormal sperm parameters (motility, count, morphology)
  • Vasectomy reversal

Men’s Health

Yes, it does exist!  While seemingly less complex than the vast array of moving parts within women’s health, Men’s Health is no less important. Many health issues surrounding men can be managed, eliminated and prevented from recurring with regular and proactive care through holistic practices ranging from acupuncture, massage, stress management and self-care.  Our practitioners at Root Wellness will work with you to understand the underlying issues around your health imbalances, and find simple ways to fit healthcare into your regular routine.  Contact us to learn more.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Prostate Health
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Fertility
  • Gout
  • Kidney and Gallbladder stones
  • Sexual Health (libido and erectile)
  • Stress Management
  • Urinary Health

Pregnancy & Postpartum

The joy of pregnancy comes complete with a free roller coaster ride of changes to your body. Your body adapts quite naturally to the changing hormone levels and growth of your baby, but sometimes related symptoms can make your journey into parenthood a little less exciting.  Acupuncture, TCM and massage therapy are all natural treatment methods to help ease your symptoms and give you the energy you need to prepare for and enjoy your new child.  Acupunctureis proven to help in the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare you and your baby for the big day.  We will also show your birth partner how acupressure can ease your labour and birth experience. Contact us to find out how we can help support you through this joyous time.

Common Symptoms and Conditions Include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Constipation, Hemorrhoids
  • Edema and Swelling
  • Pregnancy related pain
  • Insomnia, fatigue
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Breech baby
  • Labour preparation
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Mastitis
  • Lactation difficulties
  • Caesarian recovery


Menopause constitutes a period of life that is affected by hormonal, physiological as well as psychological and social changes. Your transition into the “wise” phase is an opportunity to renegotiate with yourself as to how you want to live and enjoy life.  During perimenopause there are many opportunities for you to re-learn how to focus on yourself.  Many symptoms surrounding perimenopause and post-menopause can be successfully mitigated and eliminated altogether without the use of hormone therapy (and its side-effects) through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, massage therapy and lifestyle modifications.  If you are experiencing symptoms related to menopause and would like to ease into the transition, please book an appointment with one of our knowledgeable practitioners at Root Wellness.  It’s never too early or too late!

Common Symptoms Include:

  • Changes in Menstruation
  • Hot Flashes or Flushes
  • Night Sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty transitioning to new stage of life
  • Dryness
  • Bladder Function
  • Mood Swings
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Change in libido
  • Weight gain
  • Forgetfulness

Sleep Disorders

Chapter Two of the Chinese Classic Medical Text Huang Di Nei Jing discusses the art of life through the four seasons, indicating that our sleep patterns should fluctuate, ranging from rising early and staying up late in the summer, to rising late and going to bed early in the winter.  Unfortunately the constraints and stressors of our work and home environments render this nearly impossible.  Getting sufficient quantity and quality of sleep is a cornerstone of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Without it, our ability to manage and cope with the most basic responsibilities becomes hindered.

It is common for a sleep imbalance to be a part of your overall health concerns.  Even if it’s short-term, stress induced sleep disturbance, our practitioners at Root Wellness will help get you back on track with your sleep so you can be energized throughout the day.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Insomnia
  • Dream-disturbed sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Nightmares
  • Night Sweats
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Somnolence
  • Waking early

Acute & Chronic Pain

Relief from pain is the number one reason people seek acupuncture and massage therapy treatments. We all have a pain story, whether it’s an acute injury from slipping on a wet floor or a chronic state of pain and distress that’s built up over months or even years. All aspects of your daily living can become compromised when you are suffering from pain; activity, energy, sleep, and mood are all affected at some level.  Much research has been published on acupuncture and TCM’s effectiveness in the treatment of pain.  At Root Wellness, we will use TCM’s complex diagnostic process to determine the underlying root cause of your pain, and help you break the pain cycle.  Contact us or book an appointment online to rebalance your body to one without pain.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Low back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Dysmenorrhea & other pain conditions with respect to Women’s Health
  • Repetitive strain, frozen shoulder, other range of motion disorders
  • TMJ
  • Disc herniation
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Injury due to trauma (e.g. MVA, fall, intense emotional situation)
  • Sports injuries

Exercise & Movement Health

Whether you are training for a marathon, visiting the gym or taking regular walks along the seawall, regular movement and exercise is an important component of overall health and wellbeing. No matter how careful we are, injuries will occur. Acupuncture is an effective tool to increase energy and blood circulation to the site of the injury to quickly reduce inflammation and pain.  Acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese herbal supplements and massage can increase the overall effectiveness of the treatment.  CTA

Common Conditions Include:

  • Ligament strain
  • Muscle sprain
  • Knee / ankle injury
  • Lateral / Medial Epicondylitis (tennis / golf elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hip / Leg pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Low back pain
  • Long-distance training treatment

Digestive Health

Bust a gut.  Spill your guts. Gut-wrenching. Go with your gut. It all comes down to your digestive system. In a culture that loves food and drink to excess, it’s no surprise that the occurrence of digestive disorders is on the rise. Even with balanced, healthful meal planning, our bodies’ ability to tolerate certain foods, absorb nutrients and digest effectively can sometimes cause upset.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine together with nutritional planning and guidelines can effectively reduce your symptoms and strengthen your digestive health. Our practitioners at Root Wellness will work with you to build a treatment plan to address your specific needs. Contact us to book an initial consultation and treatment to keep your guts intact.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Bloating
  • “Burning” Tongue
  • Celiac, Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Constipation and/or Diarrhea
  • Gastritis, GERD
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Ulcers
  • Loss of / excessive appetite
  • Eating disorders

Mental Health

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture have become readily accepted as safe and effective modalities for treating physical and functional aspects of our wellbeing. They are also very powerful tools when healing psychological and emotional imbalances. TCM theory and practice treats the mind-body connection as one when working through the healing process.  Physical dysfunction and disease can be a result of emotions “getting stuck”, just as chronic physical pain can cause frustration and anger.  By working on both the root cause and the manifesting symptoms, we can bring your whole being back into balance.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety, panic disorder
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Memory Loss due to trauma
  • Difficulty with focus and concentration
  • Emotional Liability
  • Grief
  • Anger Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Low self-worth

Autoimmune and Endocrine Health

Autoimmune disorders are a group of conditions where a compromised immune system responds abnormally by attacking healthy tissues.  Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture have proven to be quite beneficial in the management of symptoms relating to autoimmune and endocrine disorders, especially in the area of reducing inflammation.  At Root Wellness, we integrate acupuncture and Chinese medicinals into your treatment plan to achieve the best results in the management of your condition.  Successful treatment ranges from a decrease in severity of symptoms to long-term states of remission.  Successful treatment plans include a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and lifestyle & nutrition modifications. Please contact us for a consultation on what services will be best suited for you.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Lupus
  • Wegener’s

Our Early Years

Children from birth to the age of about 12 are unique in that they can get sick quite easily, but also recover just as quickly. This is because their immune system hasn’t yet developed to its full potential. Our practitioners at Root Wellness employ specific techniques in the treatment of Pediatrics to ensure any acute illnesses are gently and efficiently addressed.  Underlying constitutional concerns can be effectively treated over time as your child’s immune, growth and reproductive systems begin to develop.  As your child reaches puberty, increasing hormone levels generate many physical, emotional and mental changes that can be confusing and frustrating.  We can help find answers to their questions and arm them with tools and techniques for this transitioning phase from child to adult.

Common Conditions Include:

  • Allergies & asthma
  • Recurring cough
  • Bedwetting
  • ADHD
  • Ear, Nose and Throat disorders
  • Stomachache
  • Menarche
  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings, withdrawal
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Sexual Health

Our Later Years

As we age, the abundance of energy and vitality that we enjoyed for decades starts to wane. Activities and thought processes become more difficult to perform, even fighting off the common cold or flu can be problematic. At Root Wellness we understand and are empathetic to the process of aging, and the common ailments, diseases and emotional factors associated with geriatrics. We will develop a customized treatment plan to address your overall health concerns and to optimize your blood circulation and energy flow, allowing you to enjoy the twilight years.

  • Bladder and bowel function
  • Confusion, memory and concentration dysfunction
  • Dizziness, tinnitus
  • Insomnia & fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety & fear
  • Circulatory problems
  • Mobility dysfunction

Preventive Wellness

Even when not faced with a specific diagnosis, the rigour of daily life can often hinder our ability to maintain a healthy balance.  At Root Wellness, our practitioners will work with you to determine which barriers are obstructing you from optimal health, and find strategies to remove them so you can find and maintain a lifestyle of wellness. We focus on the mind-body connection to release the behaviours and thought patterns that are stuck within, leaving you feeling lighter and more positive about achieving your health goals.

Common Treatments Include:

  • Stress management
  • Weight management
  • Eating disorders
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • Substance abuse and addictions
  • Smoking cessation
  • Detoxification
  • Breaking the cycle of indecision
  • Pre-teen and teen health