Frequently Asked Questions about Allergy Elimination Therapy

How long does a treatment take?

Expect to be here about an hour for the first session, and 1/2 hour for subsequent sessions.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on how many allergies you have and also what you want to focus on. We always check the 10 basic items and treat any of those items first. Then we focus on other allergies. If someone just wanted to work on their cat allergy, it may only take one or two more treatments to clear that, and I may never see them again. Other people have more allergies that need to be addressed, so they would need more treatments. Studies indicate that approximately 2/3 of patients get relief of their symptoms within 5-10 treatments. You may need numerous treatments before you start feeling better if you have a weak immune system or if have a chronic illness.

Do I have to come on a regular basis?

Allergy Elimination is a series of treatments. People often come once per week, but can come as often as three times per week. Treatments work much better if one comes on a regular schedule of once or twice per week. If for some reason you take a break from treatments, we just pick up where you left off. You do not need to start over. 

What age of people can be treated?

We can treat any age, from newborns upward.

Do you use needles?

Allergy Elimination does not require the use of needles. On occasion, needles may be included in the treatment, with the consent of the patient.

How does Allergy Elimination Therapy work?

Allergy Elimination works by removing energy blockages in the body. These energy blockages affect the function of the organs and the immune system, causing your reactions. By removing these blockages, we remove your reactions and the body starts healing.

Is Allergy Elimination covered under Alberta Health Care?

Unfortunately, it is not covered under Alberta Health Care, but if you have private insurance that covers acupuncture, you can use this toward the cost of your treatments.  Acupuncture may be claimed as a medical expense on your income tax returns. 

Does Allergy Elimination Therapy work for everyone?

Nothing works for everybody, but it works for the majority of people.

When will I begin to see an improvement in my condition?

Most patients will begin to see improvements after a few treatments. Occasionally, people will start to see improvement after the very first treatment. Be patient. Often you have been suffering from this condition for years, so it will take time for the body to readjust to its new balance.

Does Allergy Elimination Therapy interfere with any other treatments?

Allergy Elimination Therapy does not interfere with any medications or treatments. However, as the body heals, you may need to adjust any other treatments or medications. You must always work with your other health care providers when making any changes to your medications or care.

Will my allergies return after the treatments?

Allergy Elimination treatments are almost always permanent. Once you clear an allergy, it is expected that you will remain clear in the future.

What are the costs of the treatments?

Please check pricing under Appointments for more information on costs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture should not hurt. It is normal to sometimes feel heaviness, aching or tingling around the site of the needle insertion. In general, most people find acupuncture very relaxing.

How deep do the needles go?

Usually the needles are inserted to a depth of 1/4 to 1 inch. Depth depends on the size of the person, the site, and the nature of the problem.

How long are the needles left in place?

Once the needles are inserted, they are left in place for 20 to 30 minutes, again depending on your condition. During this time, you should remain still and relax.

Are the needles clean?

It is law in Alberta that all acupuncture needles be sterilized, single use needles. That means the needles are sterile, only used once and then disposed of. This prevents any spread of infections and ensures that every needle is clean and safe to use.

Do I have to take my clothes off?

Often you will need to take some clothes off for the treatments.  The treatment rooms are private, and you will be given a gown to cover your body.  If you prefer, you can bring shorts and a tank top to change into for the treatments.

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the condition being treated. If your condition is fairly new and short-lasting, you may only need one or two treatments. However, if it is a chronic condition you have had for a long time, you may require 5 to 15 treatments. Some very chronic conditions will require many treatments.

How long does each treatment take?

Your first visit will include a full Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment where you are asked a number of questions about your health. Your tongue will be observed and your pulse taken: these are two very important diagnostic techniques in Chinese medicine to determine certain aspects of your health. This takes approximately half an hour. The rest of the time is spent getting your treatment. Expect to spend about 1 hour for your first session and about 45 minutes for subsequent sessions.

Is Acupuncture covered by Alberta Health?

Unfortunately, Alberta Health does not cover acupuncture treatments, but most private insurance companies will. Please check with your insurance provider. Acupuncture may be claimed as a medical expense on your income tax returns. 

What are the costs of the treatments?

Please check pricing under Appointments for more information on costs.

What are the qualifications of the person performing the acupuncture?

Tamara Kuss is a Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Alberta, one must attend an accredited college and pass a very stringent government exam to practice in Alberta.