Dr Laura Gauthier (PhD RAc DrTCM)
Dr Laura Gauthier is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DrTCM) and Registered Acupuncturist (RAc).
Laura spent 10 years in medical lab research on projects investigating cancer and cellular regulation. She earned her PhD and also completed Post-Doctoral research. As a result of her personal beliefs in holistic medicine, Laura transitioned into the world of Chinese medicine.
Laura uses her scientific insight with Chinese Medicine to provide the best patient care. She is continually learning new methods to best serve her patients.
What is Chinese Medicine and how does Acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine is at least 2000 years old and is an independent form of holistic medicine whose main treatment tools found in the West are acupuncture and chinese herbology.
In Chinese Medicine, the health of an individual is based on the function of their vital energy termed “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”). The Qi circulates in the body along meridians (pathways) which form a network throughout the entire body. The meridian network links all organs and tissues together and enables the different parts of the body to communicate.
If Qi flowing along the meridians is interrupted, in Chinese Medicine this is interpreted as the beginning of pain or disease. Chinese Medicine prides itself to find and treat the root cause of these. Physical, chemical, and even emotional traumas can all interrupt the flow of Qi.
Acupuncture is used to reestablish healthy Qi flow along the meridians. Acupuncture needles are inserted in locations on the body, mostly found along the meridians, in order restore proper Qi dynamics. In essence, by inserting needles in these acupuncture points, you are engaging with your body’s own healing mechanism to influence change.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be involved in the treatment of multiple conditions. Some common conditions treated by Laura are:
- Stress (our modern society’s top health corrosive agent)
- Pain (acute and chronic)
- Low immunity
- Menstrual Disorders & Fertility
- Bladder Conditions (infections, incontinence)
- Respiratory Conditions (asthma, cough, COPD)
- Bowel Conditions
- High Blood Pressure
- Headaches & Migraines
- Mood disorders (Anxiety & Depression) and more.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
A full health history assessment is completed during your first appointment. As Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine we evaluate all aspects of health to determine the optimal treatment plan for your specific concern. This results in a specific, customized treatment. Chinese Herbal supplementation, dietary and lifestyle changes will be recommended where appropriate.
During your first appointment you will also receive your first Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture needles are quite fine (hair-like) and cause little discomfort, in great contrast to hypodermic needles used drawing blood. During their acupuncture treatment most people feel relaxed enough to even fall asleep.
How often do I need to come for treatment?
The frequency of treatments varies on a case by case basis. After your first appointment, a treatment plan and schedule will be suggested to you. It is recommended to complete a course of five treatments and then reassess to see the progress on your health concern.
Does my insurance plan cover Acupuncture?
Most insurance companies do cover acupuncture treatments. We recommend patients to check with their insurance plan providers for more details.