Common Acupuncture Q and A with Dr. Elisabeth Bastos – Your Naturopath and Acupuncturist since 2005

Dr. B’s ND and Acupuncturist license allow two avenues for  acupuncture coverage by health benefits in most cases. Direct billing is available when applicable and we offer half rate acupuncture sessions when you run out of coverage or don’t have any to begin with.  This allows our clients to more easily continue care that they value.

Q – Can I address more than one health issue at a time with acupuncture?

A- YES! Acupuncture is resetting and supporting full body systems such as immune and hormonal responses and organs so often more then one concern improves with treatment. For local nerve complaints or body pain concerns we often can build in treatment for all areas in the same session but you will be advised at your visit or book a free meet and greet call with Dr. Bastos to have outlined the likely approach that would be taken to your case/concerns.  Acupuncture also seems to have the “side effects” of reducing stress and promoting better sleep and more energy in many treatment protocols even when that was not the main focus.

Q- What Are Some Conditions With Proven Success Using Acupuncture at The Bastos Natural Family Center of Canada?

A- Here are just some cases that have had positive benefit using Chinese Medicine based Acupuncture that is a whole medicine capable of supporting or treating most conditions and neurology based acupuncture:

Chronic Pain on any body area, such as Arthritis, Tendonitis, Bursitis etc. – see research further down this page.

Insomnia – Click this link 

Research proves Acupuncture is superior to other standard treatments for getting more rest at night. It will most often help in both falling asleep in less then 30 minutes and staying sound asleep, in being more able to feel ready for sleep and in sleeping long enough.  Dr. Bastos uses neurology based approaches that are research based and ideally include scalp electrostimulation and auricular electrostimulation. These approaches are gentle even for small children and needling can be avoided if preferred. Expect 4-6 weeks of treatment to reach your full normal sleep goals although many reach the goal in 2 weeks using 2-3 acupuncture sessions weekly.

Pain on any body area from injury and surgury such as Sciatica

Nerve Damage/ Neuropathy including Diabetic or injury related

Impaired Immune Function

cold, flu

Panic, shaking, neurological concerns including autoimmune (MS, Pandas etc)

Medication Side Effects

Poor Kidney function/Filtration

Chronic Inflammation


Miscarriage Risk

Pregnancy nausea, ICP, over term or early labour prevention

Breech Baby


Prolapse support (incl. uterine)

Female or Male Hormonal Concerns

low libido

No menstrual cycle or irregular or painful cycles

Low Energy, Fogginess, Lack of Concentration

Stress, Anxiety, Depression – even if severe

Infections such as Acne and Sinusitis


Allergic tendencies / Hives

Asthma , Various Lung difficulties


Q- Are the Needles sterile and one time use only and what are they like ?

A – Yes, all needles are sterile and used only once before being disposed of in a sharps container.  Needles range in length and 0.18 mm is the typical width that is about the thickness of a hair.  No negative reactions to the needle insertion generally occur, but if you feel a prick it lasts a quick moment until the needle is at it’s proper depth and the needle can be adjusted if needed, just let us know.

Coated Japanese needles are available for a virtually pain free treatment and Japanese press tack that stick to the acupuncture point are an option for children or adults that need to move around pain free.

Electro Stimulation with a device or probes and moxbustion are also available for no needles stimulation that is safe even for small children and infants.


Q –Will I become dependant on acupuncture to keep giving me my wanted result?

A – Making you dependent on treatments to feel good is never my goal.  A root cause resolution of your symptoms is.

In fact, if you are not satisfied with the improvements you already see by your 6th treatment then I would move to investigating and suggesting futher testing to see what barrier to cure has not been addressed such as a misalignment of the spine, that we need to address first as it is unusual to not feel improvements by this point.


Q: I can’t miss work and I know it’s best I have a treatment weekly.  What type of availability do you have?
I understand that you need to make a living and that you have other responsibilities, so I have now expanded my clinic space and my evening acupuncture availability to allow for evening treatments as late as 8:00pm.  We are also available Saturdays.

Last minute, emergency appointment needs are just a call or email away and we will advise if we can accomodate.

Consults by video or phone call are also available when applicable.

The next Section Contains info on….

Fertility Acupuncture 

Pain Acupuncture


Pregnancy Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Fertility  – Information Section:

Bastos Natural Family Center is a Natural Fertility Support Clinic.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been proven to improve the rates of pregnancy.

Click to View Fertility Acupuncture in the News Video

Acupuncture is proven to improve semen number and quality and for general male fertility issues.

Q -What Does Acupuncture Do For Fertility?

A – Acupuncture is regulating meaning that the body can use the information from the needling to self regulate versus being forced by drugs.

What acupuncture has been shown to do in fertility when it’s needed:

  • Improve the ovaries to achieve higher quality eggs. This is seen with a decrease in FSH value in between 2 weeks – 3 months
  • Decrease high prolactin levels
  • Decrease high testosterone/androgen levels
  • Treat autoimmune conditions that effect fertility such as lupus, non-lupus elevated ANA, high anti-thyroglobulin, anti-phospholipid syndrome etc.
  • Balances your hormones to produce a larger number of follicles. This gives a better chance for natural pregnancy and makes you a better candidate for medical fertility procedures (IVF for example)
  • Increases blood flow to your uterus & increases the thickness of your uterine lining
  • Helps you relax and de-stress
  • Prevents uterine contraction post embryo transfer and post conception to improve chance of implantation. This includes decreasing inflammation.
  • Reduces the side-effects of medications
  • Balances your immune system to prevent auto immune action (body attacking itself or sperm)
  • Improves sperm count, motility, morphology and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation
  • Increase your chance of conceiving
  • Decreases your chance of miscarriage
  • Pain reduction especially post fertility procedures
  • Enhances blood circulation to help nourish the sperm, uterus and eggs
  • Decreases any irritation or inflammation of the pelvis and reproductive organs
  • Helps blood vessels work better to limit any problems with blood flow
  • Reduces contraction and spasm of the muscles including of the uterus or bowels
  • Promotes healthy bowel function. Treats diarrhea, cramps, and gas, to reduce irritation and spasm of the uterus which is important to help implantation and prevent miscarriage. Also treats constipation which is important to minimize toxins in the body for better fertility and a healthier baby
  • Promotes healing
  • Balances the endocrine/hormonal gland functions (such as the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenals, Ovaries, Testes and Thyroid)
  • Balances neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline)
  • Balances the nervous system to help you relax (reduces the sympathetic state/fight or flight stress reaction)
  • Promotes the parasympathetic state of the nervous system to improve blood flow and support to the centre of the body, including the digestion and reproductive organs
**Note: see end of page for Research References Please **

For Acupuncture help in pregnancy:

Click this link please  for details on how Dr. Elisabeth Bastos has been helping her pregnancy patients for a decade when dealing with many pregnancy concerns and ailments such as

Breech Baby

Nausea, vomiting

Back and Hip Pain

Hyper tension

Mental Health

Best energy support

Colds and Flu, immune system

ICP itch

Cervical Ripening for a more effective labour

Acupressure Training for Couples including photo handouts and Tools to use

Acupuncture for Pain Section:

Click to View Acupuncture for Pain in the News Video

Dr. Elisabeth Bastos has extra training in Neuropuncture (neurology based treatment), Orthopedic and Pain Acupuncture including, but not limited to, Electro Acupuncture (with needling or needle less with probes or an electrostimulation device which is pain free and suitable for bony regions and children), moxabustion,

Microcurrent across a selected area of the body between 2 acupuncture points, is used for the stimulation of healing by increasing cell ATP (energy).

Millicurrent is also an option, and depending on what frequency is selected releases various hormones, increases blood flow and releases endogenous opiods ( morphine-like pain relief, stress reduction, feeling of wellbeing).  This current is also used on scalp needling to emit chemicals for brain, sleep, mental and emotional health.

The spinal nerves feed out to our organs and muscles and joints and therefore we can experience problems such as pain and poor function at the organ or muscle or joint when the spine needs support.  A quick physical exam can assess if a spinal area is in need of attention and Acupuncture at that location of the spine (especially using Electrostimulation) effects pain and function where that nerve feeds out to.

  • Controls or Eliminates Pain improving lifestyle, reducing stress, improving posture, reducing medication need.
  • Helps the Body Cope with Pain
  • Reduces Inflammation and Swelling improving tendon, muscle and joint function.
  • Controls Medication Side Effects
  • Stimulates your own pain relief ability by stimulating the brain and/or spine safely

Treatment Plan for Pain?

Treatment for pain is typically 1-2 times per week for the first 6 weeks as an initial course.  You are booked for a 30 minute window and needles and/or Electrostimulation and/or moxabustion is used.

Improvement and sometimes resolution is expected at this 6 week mark.  Treatments then continue at a rate decided on by each person’s case including once per month for maintenance or as needed.

For disc herniations/bulges and disc degeneration causing nerve pain, longer term treatment and maintenance is likely, as pain management would be the goal along side the care of our in house osteopathic practitioner and/or massage therapist.

Links for research – Proven Results:

Pain research Link: click here

Research Proving Acupuncture is Superior for Treatment in Insomnia:   Plus see the end of this linked article for more research titles regarding the topic.

(Thank you to the British Acupuncture Council for the following data)

IVF and Acupuncture:  study published in British Medical Journal
The preliminary results of a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of 7 trials, involving 1,336 women undergoing IVF.  This study suggests that when acupuncture is given in conjunction with embryo transfer, it increases the chance of women becoming pregnant by 65%, in comparison to sham acupuncture or no additional treatment.  What this means is that 10 women would need to be treated with acupuncture to bring about one additional pregnancy.

Migraines – Vickers et al (2004):

The results of a very large trial (400 patients) in the UK as published in the BMJ Pain, score: 34% improvement in the acupuncture group versus 16% for standard medical treatment (significant difference).

After receiving acupuncture patients had 22 fewer days of headache per year, made 25% fewer visits to the GP, and used 15% less medication.


Research by JC Butler et al (2005) was conducted on 55 patients suffering from stress-related emotional disorders. All patients were treated with acupuncture for the condition and the total effective rate for the reduction of symptoms in all 55 patients was 95.4%

In Scotland research was conducted among hospice staff who were measured for stress using a psychological profile and then tested again following four acupuncture treatments.  A 44% reduction in stress was recorded (2002)

Back Pain:

Research by the University of Regensburg has shown that acupuncture is one of the most effective therapies for back pain. The research published by Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that acupuncture can provide significantly more relief from lower back pain than conventional therapies.

The Chinese needle treatment was 74% more likely to lead to a sustained reduction in pain or improved ability to function normally than physiotherapy, medication and advice on exercise.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists acupuncture as a recognized treatment for depression.

A double blind study was conducted among women suffering from depression. The results found that acupuncture was significantly better in treating depression than either sham acupuncture or no treatment at all (1998, Allen et al).

A 2004 study found that acupuncture was an effective treatment for depression during pregnancy. (University of Stanford).


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