Edmonton Acupuncture Services at Red Leaf Wellness: Holistic Healing & Specialized Treatments2023-10-14T23:58:32+00:00

Red Leaf Wellness: Your Destination for Comprehensive Edmonton Acupuncture Services

Edmonton Acupuncture Services by Red Leaf Wellness

Welcome to Red Leaf Wellness, your top choice for acupuncture in Edmonton. We proudly offer a broad spectrum of acupuncture services, combining the wisdom of ancient Eastern healing with the latest advances in Western medicine. Our goal is to provide a holistic approach to health and wellness that addresses your unique needs.

A Rich History of Healing

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment method for thousands of years, rooted in the ancient principles of traditional Chinese medicine. This time-tested practice involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, stimulating the flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), or vital energy. By balancing the body’s energy, acupuncture promotes natural healing and has been used to address a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions.

Our Edmonton Acupuncture Services

At Red Leaf Wellness, our team of experienced acupuncturists offers a diverse range of treatments tailored to your needs:

  • Traditional Acupuncture: Rebalance your body’s energy and address a wide range of health concerns with this classic technique.
  • Specialized Treatments: Our team provides targeted treatments for stress management, female wellness, men’s health, weight loss, digestive issues, chronic and acute pain management, and PTSD.
  • Fertility Acupuncture: Improve reproductive health and enhance fertility with acupuncture treatments designed to regulate hormones, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, and reduce stress.
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture: Achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance by stimulating collagen production, improving skin elasticity, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Pediatric Acupuncture: Gently treat a variety of childhood ailments, including digestive issues, allergies, sleep disorders, and more, with pediatric acupuncture.
  • Holistic Wellness: Beyond addressing specific health issues, our acupuncture services also promote overall well-being, increased energy levels, and a deeper connection between mind and body.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Stress Reduction: Experience a calming effect on the nervous system and better manage stress.
  • Improved Sleep: Acupuncture promotes relaxation, aiding those with insomnia and other sleep disturbances.
  • Immune System Support: Strengthen your immune system and speed up the healing process.
  • Headache Relief: Relieve migraines and tension headaches by increasing blood flow.
  • Enhanced Self-Awareness: Acupuncture fosters a deeper understanding of the connection between your mind and body.

Get the Most Out of Your Edmonton Acupuncture Treatment

Embarking on your acupuncture journey at Red Leaf Wellness is an exciting step toward holistic health and well-being. To ensure you have the best experience possible, we’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you prepare for your acupuncture session at our clinic:

1. Get Familiar with Acupuncture at Red Leaf Wellness Educate yourself about the specific acupuncture services offered at our clinic. Understand that acupuncture involves inserting thin, sterile needles into key points on your body to stimulate energy flow, or Qi, and encourage natural healing.

2. Trust in Our Expertise Rest assured that you’re in good hands with our experienced, licensed, and certified acupuncturists at Red Leaf Wellness. We are dedicated to your health and wellness and have a strong reputation within the Edmonton community.

3. Choose a Convenient Appointment Time Schedule your session at a time when you can be relaxed and unhurried. We recommend avoiding acupuncture sessions immediately before or after intense physical activities.

4. Wear Appropriate Attire Opt for loose, comfortable clothing that can be easily adjusted to expose areas like your arms, legs, and back, as our acupuncturists at Red Leaf Wellness may need access to these points for effective treatment.

5. Enjoy a Light Meal Have a small meal or snack about 1-2 hours before your session at our clinic. It’s important not to arrive on an empty stomach or immediately after a large meal.

6. Stay Hydrated Drink water before your appointment to help facilitate the flow of Qi and maximize the benefits of your acupuncture treatment at Red Leaf Wellness.

7. Refrain from Stimulants Avoid consuming caffeine or other stimulants at least 2 hours before your session, as these substances can interfere with your acupuncture treatment.

8. Bring Your Questions At Red Leaf Wellness, we value open communication. Write down any questions or concerns you may have about acupuncture and bring them to your appointment.

9. Be Open About Your Health History During your initial assessment, our acupuncturists will ask questions about your health history, lifestyle, and symptoms. Provide accurate information to help us tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.

10. Practice Relaxation Techniques If you’re feeling anxious about needles or the treatment process, try deep breathing or visualization exercises to help you relax before your session at Red Leaf Wellness.

11. Arrive a Bit Early Give yourself time to get comfortable by arriving at our clinic a few minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will also allow you to complete any necessary paperwork.

12. Set Realistic Expectations Remember that acupuncture is a process, and its benefits may take time to manifest. Trust in the expertise of our Red Leaf Wellness team and communicate any concerns with your acupuncturist.

Acupuncture Edmonton FAQs

Acupuncture Service Fees2023-09-05T18:48:19+00:00

Initial Assessment

$150-175per session

Initial Assessment (Pediatric)

$130-150per session

Follow Up (Adult)

$105-117per session

Follow Up (Pediatric)

$75-105per session

Ready to save? Visit our apothecary today to explore our special package deals!

What conditions can acupuncture treat?2023-09-06T17:01:40+00:00

Acupuncture is a versatile treatment method that can address a wide range of conditions. Some of the most commonly treated issues include chronic and acute pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, and migraines. It’s also used for specialized treatments like fertility acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture. However, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

What is the success rate of acupuncture?2023-09-25T02:06:04+00:00

The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes difficult to measure, but many people find it helpful as a means to control a variety of painful conditions. Though the concept of holistic healing methods is difficult for some to explain or comprehend, a growing body of evidence is documenting empirical results from the medical practice. Recent research has reinforced acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating sports injuries, pain management, insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraines, arthritis and infertility.

While acupuncture has been used effectively for thousands of years, its effectiveness is often patient specific, and may be influenced by several factors including whether the care was provided by a registered and experienced acupuncturist, the quality of the treatment plan, the number of treatments, and compliance with any additional lifestyle, herbal, and/or dietary recommendations from your acupuncturist. At Red Leaf Wellness we prefer to work closely with your primary care physician, or other medical specialists, to ensure your treatment plan fully considers the recommendations and advice of the rest of your personal healthcare team.

You understand that results are never guaranteed, but that your chances of successful treatment may be increased by providing a fulsome medical history and also by taking an active part in your health journey.

What should you not do after acupuncture?2023-09-06T15:36:11+00:00

After an acupuncture session, it’s advisable to avoid vigorous exercise, heavy meals, and alcohol consumption. These activities can interfere with the body’s healing process and the effectiveness of the treatment. It’s also recommended to stay hydrated and take it easy for a few hours to allow your body to adjust and benefit from the treatment.

What are the 5 forbidden acupuncture points?2023-09-06T15:37:16+00:00

The “forbidden points” in acupuncture are generally avoided during specific conditions, most notably pregnancy. These points include:

  1. Gallbladder 21 (GB21) – Located on the shoulder.
  2. Large Intestine 4 (LI4) – Located on the hand.
  3. Spleen 6 (SP6) – Located on the lower leg.
  4. Bladder 60 (BL60) – Located on the ankle.
  5. Bladder 67 (BL67) – Located on the foot.

Stimulating these points during pregnancy can induce labor or cause other complications, so they are typically avoided.

Why can’t you shower after acupuncture?2023-09-06T15:38:19+00:00

Showering immediately after an acupuncture session is generally not recommended for several reasons. First, acupuncture often involves the use of essential oils or balms that are applied to the skin to enhance the treatment’s effectiveness. Showering could wash these away, reducing the ongoing benefits of the session. Second, acupuncture aims to balance the body’s Qi (energy flow), and a shower, especially a hot one, could disrupt this newly achieved balance. Lastly, acupuncture often opens up the pores and stimulates blood flow; showering could potentially change these physiological effects too quickly, diminishing the treatment’s benefits. Therefore, it’s advisable to wait a few hours before showering to maximize the benefits of your acupuncture session.

What are the disadvantages of acupuncture?2023-09-25T02:04:25+00:00

While acupuncture is a generally safe and well-tolerated treatment, there are some potential disadvantages to consider:

  1. Side Effects: Some people may experience minor side effects like bruising at the needle sites, soreness, or dizziness after a session.
  2. Cost: Acupuncture sessions can be expensive, and not all insurance plans cover this form of treatment.
  3. Time-Consuming: Depending on the condition being treated, multiple sessions may be required, which can be time-consuming.
  4. Limited Efficacy: For some conditions, the effectiveness of acupuncture is still a subject of ongoing research, and it may not be a guaranteed cure for all ailments.
  5. Interactions with Other Treatments: If you’re taking certain medications or undergoing other medical treatments, acupuncture could potentially interfere, so it’s essential to consult your healthcare provider.
Does acupuncture reduce inflammation?2023-09-06T16:58:25+00:00

Yes, there is evidence to suggest that acupuncture can help reduce inflammation. The treatment is believed to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms, which include anti-inflammatory effects. Acupuncture is thought to promote blood flow and balance the body’s energy, or Qi, which can help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. Studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, substances that contribute to inflammation. However, the effectiveness can vary from person to person and should be considered as part of an integrated approach to managing inflammation.

What not to do before acupuncture?2023-09-25T02:04:18+00:00

Before undergoing an acupuncture session, there are several things you should avoid to ensure the treatment is as effective as possible:

  1. Heavy Meals: Eating a large, heavy meal right before your session can make you feel uncomfortable and may affect the body’s energy flow.
  2. Alcohol and Caffeine: Consuming alcohol or excessive caffeine can alter your body’s energy patterns and may interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.
  3. Intense Physical Activity: Engaging in strenuous exercise immediately before a session can alter your body’s energy flow and muscle condition, potentially affecting the treatment’s efficacy.
  4. Stressful Activities: Try to avoid stressful or emotionally draining activities that could disturb your mental state, as a calm mind can enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
What are some good patient resources for me to consider?2023-09-06T17:03:48+00:00
  1. Mayo Clinic – Acupuncture: A comprehensive guide on what acupuncture is and what it involves, including its risks and benefits.
  2. Harvard Health Blog – Acupuncture for Pain Relief: An article discussing the efficacy of acupuncture in treating various types of pain.
  3. WebMD – Acupuncture: In Depth: An in-depth look at acupuncture, its history, and its uses, supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
  4. NCBI – The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture: A scientific paper discussing how acupuncture can reduce inflammation.
  5. American Pregnancy Association – Acupuncture and Pregnancy: Information on the safety and considerations of acupuncture during pregnancy.
  6. Cleveland Clinic – Acupuncture and Chronic Pain: An article discussing how acupuncture can be used to treat chronic pain and other conditions.
  7. ScienceDirect – Acupuncture in Medicine: A peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on the clinical efficacy of acupuncture.
  8. WHO – Traditional Medicine: A World Health Organization fact sheet that includes information on acupuncture as a form of traditional medicine.
  9. British Acupuncture Council – Research Fact Sheets: Fact sheets that summarize research on the effectiveness of acupuncture for various conditions.
  10. American Academy of Medical Acupuncture – Safety Guidelines: Information on the safety guidelines and FDA regulations concerning acupuncture needles.

Specialists on our Team:

Tammy Lalonde, CEO and Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Tammy Lalonde 🇬🇧

Position: CEO, Acupuncture, Herbalism
Categories: Acupuncture, Addictions, Administration, Allergies, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Auto-Immune Health, Back Pain, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), BHRT, Cardiovascular Health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Inflammatory Disease, Chronic Pain, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Emotional Health, Fertility, Fibromyalgia, Functional Medicine, Gender Reassignment, Guillain-Barre, Headaches & Migraines, Herbal Medicine, HIV and AIDS, Hormone Health, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Lupus, Men's Health, Menopause, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Myasthenia Gravis, Neurological Health, Oncology, Pain Management, Post-Covid Syndrome, Pregnancy, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, PTSD, Respiratory Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Service, Sexual Dysfunction, Soft Tissue Injury, Specialization, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Thyroid Disorders, Vasculitis, Whiplash, Women's Health

Caring for people is my passion and one of the greatest callings life has to offer.  I am a seasoned Paramedic and Acupuncturist with extensive experience assisting patients as they cope with obvious and invisible injuries. I have been there for those in desperate medical, psychological or traumatic situations, delivered beautiful babies in vehicles parked along the side of the road, and administered care in such odd locations as on a domestic airliner at 30,000 feet or when flying emergency medevacs over Arabian desertscapes. I know full well how to care for those in true crisis but have also witnessed so many more whose illnesses and injuries could be traced back to their treatment of the body as a whole, whether through their diet, fitness levels, or neglect. As my career has evolved, so has my focus, which has shifted to helping a greater number of people early on to prevent minor issues from evolving into larger and costlier illnesses.  In my practice I have found a niche offering by pairing these strengths in emergency care and women’s health with the respected skills and techniques from top practitioners in oriental medicine. All care is focused on returning the body, mind, and spirit to a whole.

My academic preparation closely incorporates oriental medicine with Western healthcare. My passions build on natural strengths in highly stressful complex interactions, care management, and treatment of anxiety, depression and PTSD – particularly amongst Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel. Within North America and the Middle East I have enjoyed a long standing career as a respected clinician, clinical educator, fire and emergency medical dispatcher.  I hold active licensure/registration with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA), the California Acupuncture Board, and the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA).  I am a past Board Director with the Alberta Pain Society and a present member of the CAA Competence Committee.


  • Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Master of Science (MS) – Traditional Chinese Medicine, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Master of Science (MS) – Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, cum laude, South Baylo University
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) – Holistic Science, South Baylo University
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University


  • RAc – Registered Acupuncturist of the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
  • RH – Registered Herbalist of the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA)
  • LAc – Licensed Acupuncturist of the California Acupuncture Board
  • Dipl.Ac – Diplomate of Acupuncture of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Tammy Lalonde, CEO and Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Tammy Lalonde 🇬🇧

CEO, Acupuncture, Herbalism

Caring for people is my passion and one of the...

Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Michelle Winton 🇬🇧

Position: Acupuncture, Massage
Categories: Acupuncture, Back Pain, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Cupping, Depression, Digestive Health, Electrostimulation, Gender Reassignment, Gua Sha, Headaches & Migraines, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Massage Therapy, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Pain Management, Pregnancy, PTSD, Relaxation Massage, Respiratory Health, Sciatica, Seniors Health, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Therapeutic Massage, Whiplash

Massage Therapy Pressure Scale 5-8Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and Advanced Care Paramedic she is widely recognized for developing unique care plans which draw on her knowledge and therapeutic touch gained across each of these specialized disciplines. Having over twenty years of combined expertise in caring for her patients, Michelle has had a front row seat to observe how stress and emotion affect the mind and body. Complementing her acupuncture services at Red Leaf Wellness, Michelle offers a variety of therapeutic and relaxation massage therapies, including pregnancy massage, myofascial release and myofascial cupping.

Michelle began her health career as a massage therapist, graduating the 2200hr Massage Program at Macewan University in 2001. Being active in competitive sport in her youth, Michelle understood the benefits of massage on sport performance, recovery and injury prevention. She subsequently branched into emergency care and became an Advanced Care Paramedic where she was able to offer a calming presence in stressful, emergent situations. Michelle has always believed that soft skills, an extra moment spent with family, or a hand to hold on the way to the hospital, can be as healing as the specific medical interventions themselves. Working as a Paramedic Michelle saw, and began to question, how it is that people differ in disease and the aging process and why the same drug benefited one person, but not the other. Her lifelong learning journey had her begin to look for these answers in the time-tested practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, thus kicking off another quest for knowledge at MacEwan University’s Acupuncture Program.


  • Diploma – Acupuncture, Macewan University
  • Diploma – Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), Augustana University
    • Honors standings
  • Certificate – Massage Therapy Grant MacEwan College


  • RAc, College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
  • RMT, National Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC)
  • ACP, Alberta College of Paramedics
Dr. Michell Winton, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Michelle Winton 🇬🇧

Acupuncture, Massage

Helping people comes naturally to Michelle! As a highly skilled...

Yoko Masuda, Acupuncturist

Dr. Yoko Masuda 🇬🇧 🇯🇵

Position: Acupuncture
Categories: Acupuncture, Addictions, Amputation (Phantom Limb), Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Back Pain, Cardiovascular Health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Depression, Electrostimulation, Emotional Health, Gender Reassignment, Headaches & Migraines, Inclusive Health, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Menopause, Moxibustion, Musculoskeletal, Pediatric Acupuncture, Post-Covid Syndrome, PTSD, Sciatica, Soft Tissue Injury, Sports Injury, Stress, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Thermie (Tiger), Whiplash

Dr. Yoko Masuda is a master practitioner – skilled in the rare craft of Japanese style acupuncture – where she incorporates and tailors gentle needling, moxibustion (specific deep heat), therme (heat massage) and cupping into her acupuncture treatment plans. These skills, as well as her reputation for delivering tangible results, make her a sought-after provider, especially in the areas of pain management, sports injuries, orthopaedic injuries and emotional health. Yoko firmly believes that the mind and the body are intertwined in healing and she continually advocates for a healthy lifestyle alongside of the care she provides.

Yoko received her acupuncture degree in Japan and, after working at several clinics in Tokyo, she accepted a staff acupuncturist position with the world renowned Cirque du Soleil touring show. For nearly twenty years, she went on to travel the far reaches of the globe, working on several other productions, and earning the respect of an international group of artists, staff and athletes before eventually selecting Edmonton for her permanent clinical practice. As a former high school physical education teacher, and also as an alumnus of the Japanese national rhythmic gymnastics team (where she competed internationally on numerous occasions), she has amassed an impressive background in sports therapy and physical education, uniquely positioning her to address all manner of orthopedic and performance related concerns.

Outside of work, Yoko enjoys travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two elementary-aged daughters.


  • Diploma of Acupuncture, Hanada College, Tokyo, Japan


  • RAc, College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)

Fluency: 🇬🇧 – English |  🇯🇵 – Japanese

Yoko Masuda, Acupuncturist

Dr. Yoko Masuda 🇬🇧 🇯🇵


Dr. Yoko Masuda is a master practitioner – skilled in...

Headshot of a smiling woman with long wavy brown hair, wearing a rust-colored sweater and a heart-shaped pendant necklace.

Dr. Olivia Wiebe 🇬🇧

Position: Acupuncture, Herbalism
Categories: Acupuncture, Anxiety, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Cupping, Cycle Health and PMS, Electrostimulation, Emotional Health, Facial Cupping, Facial Rejuvenation, Gua Sha, Headaches & Migraines, Herbal Medicine, Hormonal Health, Hot Flashes, Insomnia and Sleep Health, Menopause, Moxibustion, Pain Management, Pregnancy, Stress, Women's Health

Olivia Wiebe is a dedicated practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, offering a compassionate and holistic approach to wellness. Graduating from MacEwan University in 2017 with a diploma in Acupuncture, Olivia’s journey into this ancient healing practice began during her high school years, where she first experienced its transformative effects. This initial exposure led her to a profound understanding of the body’s complex interplay with lifestyle and environment, shaping her therapeutic approach.

Equipped with deep knowledge in yin/yang theory, 5-element theory, meridian channels, and organ diagnosis, Olivia views health as a harmonious balance between physical, emotional, and environmental factors. Her commitment to expanding her expertise led her to pursue an additional 2.5 years of study in Chinese Herbology at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. This rigorous training, coupled with her experience in Western Herbology, has enabled her to integrate a rich tapestry of herbal wisdom into her practice.

Olivia’s therapeutic focus includes alleviating aches and pains, addressing insomnia, stress, and anxiety, and enhancing women’s health, among other areas. She is passionate about assisting her patients in every step of their healing journey, regardless of their familiarity with Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Olivia is an avid nature enthusiast, often found embracing the tranquility of the river valley or indulging in forest bathing with her beloved dog. She is also a skilled pianist, classically trained through the Royal Conservatory, and has shared her love for music by teaching piano lessons for over a decade.

At our clinic, Olivia Wiebe stands as a testament to the power of integrative care, combining her rich knowledge of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a deep-rooted passion for natural healing. Whether you are new to Acupuncture or seeking advanced care, Olivia welcomes all questions and looks forward to guiding you on your path to wellness.


  • Diploma of Acupuncture, MacEwan University


  • Registered Acupuncturist – College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA)
Headshot of a smiling woman with long wavy brown hair, wearing a rust-colored sweater and a heart-shaped pendant necklace.

Dr. Olivia Wiebe 🇬🇧

Acupuncture, Herbalism

Olivia Wiebe is a dedicated practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional...

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