Marie-Andrée Saint-Pierre

My Approach

How Can I help You?

My Approach

Attentive listening and personalized care
Marie-Andrée Saint-Pierre

There is a reason for you to first seek acupuncture treatments, let’s say, you suffer from chronic headaches. You expect the acupuncture treatments to reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches and you should!

However, as an acupuncturist, I will not treat your headache per se, nor just your head, I will treat the “whole you”, a person with chronic headaches. I love Chinese medicine because it is a holistic approach (see the Acupuncture page), which means a person is always considered as a whole, with all of his or her parts examined in depth; body, mind, thoughts, emotions and even the environment in which a person lives.

In addition, I am interested in a lot of things and I am always curious to learn other methods, complementary approaches and new ways of working. Thus, the way I think and I work evolve constantly, the goal remaining the same, bringing my patients towards the best possible energetic balance.

I also will always encourage you to develop a greater level of independence or try other therapies, if it can help improve your condition. And, when possible (because it's not always possible!), I want to help you become more aware of how you may be contributing to your own problem, whether with a bad posture or food choice or a lack of exercise, etc. We cannot change what we don’t know or don’t see!

Having said that, I strongly believe that acupuncture is an effective complementary medicine that helps in maintaining energy balance and in preventing diseases and that is why I do encourage you to receive preventative treatments throughout the year.

Aiguilles d'acupuncture traditionnelles placés le long d'une jambe gauche

Traditional Acupuncture - With needles

You already like or you wish to try the most traditional form of acupuncture?

LASER Acupuncture - Without needles

You dislike the idea of needles?

Auriculopuncture - Ear acupuncture

You are looking for an efficient, practical and quick method?

Cupping Therapy

You want to relieve muscle tension and restore your vitality all at once?

Traditional Acupuncture - With needles

You already like or you wish to try the most traditional form of acupuncture?

LASER Acupuncture - Without needles

You dislike the idea of needles?

Auriculopuncture - Ear acupuncture

You are looking for an efficient, practical and quick method?

Cupping Therapy

You want to relieve muscle tension and restore your vitality all at once?

My fields of interest

In the course of my acupuncture training and university programs, I have acquired the necessary knowledge and developed the required skills to deal with all kinds of health issues (Please, read the “Overview of health problems treated with acupuncture” section on the Acupuncture page).

However, I am especially interested in treating the following issues:
Chronic stress;

Anxiety disorders and panic attacks;

Depression and burnout;
Psychosomatic disorders;
Addiction issues and managing withdrawal symptoms.

In Chinese medicine, the body and mind are one

According to Chinese medicine, there is no division between the body and mind, the two elements being considered as just one entity.  This principle is important in understanding a disease and its development as well as in conceiving a treatment plan.

On the one hand, if our organs are in balance, so will be our emotions which will allow our thinking to be lively and adequate. On the other hand, when a pathology creates an imbalance in an organ, emotional imbalances are also likely. Conversely, our repressed, obsessive or excessive emotions can damage the "Qi" and its free flow, which could cause the onset of physical and / or psychological symptoms.

For example, anger causes Qi to flow in the opposite direction to its normal downward flow. We can then say that the “Qi rebels” (it rises) and we will observe symptoms in the upper body such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, red face or red eyes, etc. Acupuncture treatment will aim at redirecting the Qi to its normal downward direction, at promoting its abundance and facilitating its free circulation.

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Medical or psychological support may be necessary

Depending on your situation or condition, you may wish to obtain a medical diagnosis from your doctor or a psychological support from a certified therapist. I will be happy to discuss it with you and guide you to a resource appropriate to your needs. Acupuncture treatments can support your therapeutic process.
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« Normal » stress vs. chronic stress

We cannot say it enough, the stress of everyday life and stresses resulting from specific and exceptional situations are rather normal and even essential. Stressful events trigger a cascade of biological reactions that result in the production of essential hormones (adrenaline, cortisol, norepinephrine) that aim at mobilizing the body, allowing us to take action quickly and effectively.

Stress becomes damaging when it is so common that the body and mind are always in a state of hypervigilance or alertness, ready to pounce, and there is never enough time to relax and adequately rest. With a continual lack of rest, states of chronic stress or anxiety can easily develop. The damage of chronic stress on mental and physical health is well documented.

Femme sereine traitée à l'aide de l'acupuncture à l'aiguille - Une aiguille est placé sur son front

Symptoms of chronic stress treated with acupuncture – According to modern western medicine

  • Fatigue
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems (diarrhea, constipation, gastric reflux, etc.)
  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
  • Nausea, etc.
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Anxiety disorders and panic attacks

Anxiety is being worried, nervous or concerned about an upcoming event or a situation that has an uncertain outcome. Anxiety levels can be easily increased by overestimating or exaggerating a potential adverse outcome.

There is no real equivalent, in Chinese medicine, for the term anxiety, but the concept of anxiety disorders and the symptoms are quite similar, only organized differently. Each anxiety disorder has its characteristics, but all of them have in common excessive and irrational fears, worries or apprehensions. 

Marie-Andrée traitant à l'aide d'aiguille placées dans le dos les troubles de l'anxiété d'une patiente.

Symptoms of anxiety treated with acupuncture

According to Chinese Medicine

Palpitations, mental and / or physical agitation, inability to stay seated or stay lying down; feeling of tightness, distension, pain or heat in the chest; insomnia, sleep disturbed by dreams or by excessive sweating; dizziness, tendency be jumpy, poor memory; fatigue, shyness, sadness or discouragement.

According to Modern Western Medicine

Nervousness, fatigue, irritability, disturbed sleep, dizziness or feeling of impending fainting, headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, excessive sweating, trembling, muscle twitching sometimes throughout the body, heart palpitations, fast heartbeat, muscle pain, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, feeling choked or strangled, numbness or tingling.
Femme sereine traitée à l'aide de l'acupuncture à l'aiguille - Une aiguille est placé sur son front et sur don torse

Symptoms of Panic Attacks Treated with Acupuncture – According to Chinese Medicine

Palpitations, mental agitation, internal sense of urgency, feeling hot of flushed in the face, headache; tightness or pain in the lower abdomen, in the umbilical area or just below (hypogastrium) and / or in the epigastric region (upper central region of the abdomen); feeling of a lump in the throat; cold feet. In women, painful or irregular periods, breast swelling and tenderness.

Symptoms of Panic Attacks Treated With Acupuncture – According to Modern Western Medicine

Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, muscle tremors or twitching sometimes generalized to the whole body, numbness or tingling, dizziness or a feeling of imminent fainting, hot flashes or, on the contrary, chills, nausea or abdominal discomfort, feeling of tightness in the chest, as if compressed by a weight, feeling of suffocation or strangulation, shortness of breath, feeling of unreality, loss of control, going mad or fear of dying.

Femme sereine traitée à l'aide de l'acupuncture à l'aiguille - Une aiguille est placé sur son front
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Depression and Burnout

La maladie dépressive est un trouble mental courant qui se distingue particulièrement par un changement d’humeur, un sentiment de tristesse qui peut aller du simple découragement au désespoir le plus profond. Bien que la médecine chinoise et la médecine occidentale aient des systèmes de classification différents, ces classifications présentent les mêmes aspects.
Marie-Andrée traitant à l'aide d'aiguille placées dans le dos les troubles de l'anxiété d'une patiente.

Symptoms of depression treated with acupuncture

According to Chinese Medicine

Exhaustion, sadness, no will or initiative; desire to do nothing, no desire to go out, lack of energy and determination; worries, mood swings, agitation or confusion; little or no appetite, feeling of lump in the throat, abdominal distension, irregular bowel movement, constipation, bloating; difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, restless sleep, excessive dreaming; dizziness, headache, feeling of heaviness in the head, muscle tension and pain.

According to Modern Western Medicine

Fatigue, great sadness, lack of energy, lack of motivation; loss of interest in work, loss of interest in social and / or family activities; sleep problems (too much or not enough sleep); loss of appetite or excessive appetite; digestive problems; significant weight loss or gain; difficulty concentrating or making decisions, feelings of guilt or failure, suicidal thoughts.

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Psychosomatic problems are treated well with acupuncture

I believe there is no better explanation for the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating psychosomatic symptoms than the notion of unity of the body and mind that is at the center of Chinese medicine. To better understand this concept, you can go back to the previous section entitled: In Chinese medicine the body and mind are one.

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Traitement d'acupuncture traditionelle à l'aiguille effectuée dans le dos d'une jeune femme
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Addiction issues and managing withdrawal symptoms

The NADA protocol is a set of 5 acupuncture points on the outer ear that was specifically developed, in the early 1970s in China and the United States, for the treatment of addictions and withdrawal symptoms. This protocol, which has been since much studied, has proven its positive effects and is now widely used around the world. Quebec is no exception.

For example, these treatments are offered to people using the Montreal Dependency Rehabilitation Center (formerly named Center Dollard-Cormier) and the Research and Help Center for Drug Addicts (CRAN), also in Montreal.

Treatment of Withdrawal Symptom With the NADA Protocol

Acupuncture treatments help reduce withdrawal symptoms and improve the quality of life.

Some of the points aim at removing toxins lodged in organs, such as the kidneys, liver and lungs, that are often damaged by excessive use of alcohol, drugs or by medication.

Other points will have an influence on emotional state by bringing a general feeling of calm, stabilizing impulsive behaviors, reducing depression and anxiety and increasing willingness. This treatment brings even more significant effects, such as reduction of pain and tension, improvement of sleep, decreased dreams and nightmares and improving general well-being.

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Acupuncture Session

What to expect on your first visit

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The first session lasts about 90 minutes and aims at obtaining details on the reason you are consulting in acupuncture and other additional information. For some, it seems like a number of topics covered have nothing to do with a current condition but, trust me, every detail helps. This is one of the reasons I love Chinese medicine, the way it conders things to be interrelated.

All of the information obtained will allow me to make an “energetic evaluation” of your general condition and your emotional and/or physical issue. The energetic evaluation is determined by analyzing your energetic vulnerabilities, the balance of power between correct energy and pernicious influences, called “evil energy”, in traditional Chinese medicine. For more information, please see my Acupuncture page: Health explained as a state of energetic balance

From the energetic evaluation, I will determine the therapeutic orientation of the first treatment, which means, for example, the acupuncture points and the type of needles.

If it is the very first time you come for an acupuncture treatment I will, beforehand, explain the procedure and possible reactions and answer any questions or concern you may have.

Femme sereine traitée à l'aide de l'acupuncture à l'aiguille - Une aiguille est placé sur son front

Acupuncture Session

What to expect on follow-up sessions

Follow-up sessions last approximately 60 minutes. We first discuss your current state of health and review the changes you may have noticed after the first treatment or the following few days. Has the intensity of your health issue decreased? Does your recurring symptom appear less frequently? Did something new come up? Or did you discover a link between two apparently distinct elements?

The acupuncture treatment is always adapted on your current condition. If there is a reason for me to choose a different technique, you will be, of course, informed in advance.

Appointment frequency and number of treatments required

Recommendations for treatment intervals and estimates of the number of treatments necessary to significantly and sustainably improve your condition will depend on a number of factors:

  • Your age, constitution, the general state of your current health, etc.
  • How long you’ve had the problem. A few days, weeks, years?
  • Is the problem you are consulting for related to another issue that you’ve had for some time and is now getting worse?
  • Does the environment in which you live contribute, directly or indirectly, to your current problem?

If you are already seeing another healthcare professional for the same issue, it will be important to discuss how you can integrate different approaches and make sure you do not overdo it. Your body needs time to adjust between treatments.

Marie-Andrée Saint-Pierre traitant une patiente à l'aide de ventouse thérapeutiques et portant des lunettes de sécurité, un masque et un sarreau

En général, je propose de prévoir un rendez-vous par semaine, mais il se peut que je vous suggère d’en prévoir deux dans les deux à trois premières semaines. Typiquement, après un traitement, les bénéfices sont maintenus quelques jours, et puis les symptômes réapparaissent. En poursuivant les traitements une à deux fois par semaine, l’équilibre énergétique revient peu à peu et les bénéfices peuvent se prolonger jusqu’à une semaine et plus. À ce moment, les traitements sont espacés et la fréquence peut être réduite à un traitement d’acupuncture à toutes les deux à trois semaines. À nouveau, lorsque les gains sont conservés sur une plus longue période, les traitements sont espacés et on peut alors prévoir quelques rendez-vous par année, afin de maintenir un état de santé optimal.

Marie-Andrée Saint-Pierre

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    Cancellation Policy If, for any reason, you need to cancel an appointment, it is required that you inform me AT LEAST 24 hours prior to the agreed date and time. This allows for better availabilities to all. As of the 2nd appointment cancelled within less then 24 hours or if you forget an appointment and do not show up, the total treatment fee will apply. I thank you for your understanding and cooperation.