Frequently Asked Questions about ONLINE Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

How the heck can you do acupuncture online?

Button power, baby! We’ll send you our acu-buttons, little round band aids that have a teeny tiny acupressure stimulator. During your online session, we’ll show you how to apply the buttons to enhance your inner healer. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. You book and pay for an appointment.

  2. We mail you the supplies you need.

  3. You hop online with us for a deep-dive healing consult.

  4. We show you how and where to place your buttons.

  5. You take a LONG acu-nap and bask in the healing glow for 3 days.


Will the clinic open again once COVID-19 is over?

That’s a painful question right now, and we know many of you are feeling similar pain. If enough people book online acupuncture sessions, we will be able to keep the clinic afloat until we open back up. 

But here’s the truth: the COVID-19 closure has put us (like so many others) on shaky ground. 

So, if you don’t want to lose The Village — if you value us as a vital part of your healthcare — the best way to support us is to book online appointments during this period of isolation. 


Will my insurance cover telehealth?

The only way to be sure is to call your insurance company and ask them before you book. 

And good luck with that. We’ve spent many hours trying to contact all the major insurance companies only to be met with hangups and confusion. 

We’d love to answer this question, but it’s a big unknown right now. We’re hoping this pandemic will increase coverage for telemedicine.

UPDATE! Score one for SUNLIFE, they are accepting traditional chinese medicine/acupuncture telemedicine. 


Does online acupuncture really work?

Damn right, it works. We wouldn’t offer this service if we didn’t believe in it. We use the same techniques that clients have found so effective in the clinic.

We don’t like to brag, but we really know how to push your buttons. Your super-healing acu-buttons, that is. 

And, while you’re in self-isolation, we want to listen to you, support you, and surround you with our loving attention. We really are in this together. 


How do we meet?

We’ll have an intimate face-to-face video chat online, from the safety and comfort of our homes. We’re the same caring practitioners you’ve come to know and trust in the clinic. (Well, maybe our hair is longer.) This is your chance to get our complete and loving attention, with no distractions, for a full 20 minutes.


Do I need a computer? 

YES, you need a desktop or laptop computer to access your video appointment (plus CHROME browser).

The cell phone/tablet version is in development, but not quite ready. If your computer is a dinosaur, try and borrow a newer (and freshly sanitized) one from friends or family.


Do you still offer payment on a sliding scale?

YES, we are keeping our sliding scale, with a slight increase to cover extra costs. We are committed to offering you the same high-quality care and affordable rates we offered in the clinic. 


How do I pay?

Payment is easy-peasy. Just book your appointment and you’ll be automatically taken to a screen where you can pay with your credit card. Once we receive your payment, we’ll mail out your acu-buttons and other supplies. 


Why do I have to pay upfront?

Two reasons. First, once you book, we’ll be mailing supplies to you, which is an upfront cost for us. Second, your appointment time is YOURS alone; it will no longer be available for others to book. We’re happy to reschedule an appointment if you give us at least 24 hours notice.


Do I need special supplies for my treatment?

Yes, we will mail you a set of acu-buttons/ear seeds/other tools after you book your appointment. It’s very important that your profile includes your current mailing address. Please check and update.


What if my acu-buttons don’t arrive before my appointment?

Virtual acupuncture sessions depend on our amazing postal workers getting supplies to you in time. But don’t worry, if your buttons haven’t arrived in the mail by the day before your appointment, we’ll be flexible. Just shoot us an email and we’ll move your appointment.


Applying the acu-buttons makes me nervous. How do I do it?

Don’t worry, we’ll show you! We’ll be on video together, so we can watch what you’re doing. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from opening the packages to applying the acu-buttons in the right places. 

Trust us, we’re REALLY good at talking you through this. 


Do the buttons hurt?

NO, it’s a lot like putting on a sticker. Sure, you might feel a little pressure when you press it onto your skin, but no biggie. 

And just to put your mind at ease, the acu-buttons do NOT break the dermis layer of the skin, so there is NO risk of infection. 


What if I put the acu-buttons on wrong?

We hear this fear loud and clear, but our method is foolproof. You really can’t do it wrong. We’ll ask you to press on a very specific area in search of a tender spot. You’ll know it when you find it, we promise. 

Then, we’ll guide you to open the package and place the acu-button. Poof, just like that.

If the idea of the acu-buttons really, truly freaks you out, just tell us in a “NOTE” under your treatment option that you DO NOT want the buttons. 

We’ve got a great alternative: EAR SEEDS. Read about them in the next question.


What are ear seeds? 

Ear seeds are teeny tiny seeds the size of mustard seeds that are stuck onto a small bandaid. Then placed outside of your ear. Outer part of the ear. You can’t mess these up! The tricky part is applying them to your ears, since it’s hard to see your own ears. 

What you’ll need is either tweezers and a mirror or an extra set of hands. We can do this together, no problem!


How long should I leave the acu-buttons on?

Usually 1 to 3 days, but it depends on what we’re treating you for. We’ll tell you what we think might be best, but here’s the truth: YOU are the boss of your body. If at any time the buttons are tripping you out or starting to fall off or get dirty, take them off, place them on a cotton ball and put them in the garbage. 


Can I get the buttons wet?

Yes, you can bathe and shower with the acu-buttons on, though the more you get them wet, the faster they’ll come off. We won’t have you put them on high-traffic wash zones like your hands. ‘Cause let’s not forget to ALWAYS wash our hands!


What’s your cancellation policy?

We get it, stuff comes up. We can be flexible, but we do require at least 24 hours notice if you can’t make your appointment. Please reschedule at your earliest convenience. If something comes up within 24 hours of your appointment, please shoot us an email to reschedule.


How will my appointment work if I have “coworkers” (aka kids, pups, etc.) at home with me?

Two options here. One is to schedule your appointment for when you can hand off the kids. And yes, we know that’s not always possible (and if you do manage to get creative with this, we’d love to hear about it). 

The second option is to have them join in. We love kids. In fact, we have “co-workers” 😉 of our own!


Do I have to live in Vancouver to book an appointment?

Heck, no. But you do have to live either in BC or Ontario. Sara Ward, Lisa Matsuzaki and Karolina Kluska are all registered to practice in BC. Tara Akuna holds dual licences, in BC and Ontario, and she’s seeing her current patients.