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Welcome to
Discovery Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in NW Calgary!

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the ultimate in customized healthcare.  If you have symptoms that just won't go away despite trying every other form of treatment, then you've come to the right place.

Dr. Danielle Baert, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Registered Acupuncturist, is eager to guide you through this process and share this ancient holistic knowledge with you.  

TCM is a comprehensive healthcare system that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, fire cupping, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage)  and moxibustion.

The symptoms and conditions that Dr. Baert treats are listed below.  The headings and symptoms listed below are all live links which go to their own page with articles on that topic.  Don't worry if your symptom is not listed; just send an email to Dr. Baert to ask more.

"...My back and neck were becoming debilitating and I was taking a lot of painkillers as well. Thanks to Dr. Baert I'm able to work with minimal discomfort and I'm back fishing and hunting hardcore again. To me it's like a miracle, next to no meds and no surgery and I have my life back..."

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- Mike R.

"...Dr. Baert helped me with something that a lot of physiotherapist/massage therapist couldn't do. I would definitely recommend her to someone wanting to know more about their pain and wanting to live free of pain..."

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- K.P.

"[Dr. Baert] is awesome, very informative and everything she has done I have seen mass improvements in my health! Western medicine has nothing on getting the immediate effects and continued relief I have received since seeing Dr. Baert!! Referring everyone I know."

- Rob K.

"I have been an acupuncture patient of Dr. Danielle Baert for the past several months. Her treatments have been very effective and her interpersonal skills make it a pleasure to see her. I would highly recommend her expertise."

- Barbara S.

"Danielle Baert was very empathetic and thorough in her examination. She is a great listener and wants you to get better as soon as possible. She is trustworthy and professional. She spent a lot of time making sure she had all the information correct and sent me emails asking me more specific questions to get the diagnosis right and followed my healing. I had a great experience and my insomnia did get better."

-Amelie B.

"I came to Dr. Baert for incontinence issues. She listened to my concerns and answered any questions I had. I value that she took time to appreciate my issue, assess, and then apply the most appropriate treatment while helping me to learn and understand the process used. Dr. Baert is caring and empathetic. She is confident in her knowledge which she shares without overwhelming you.  I am very pleased with my results and I recommend Dr. Baert wholeheartedly and without reservation."

- Bea L.

"In 2009, I became a stroke survivor, sustaining damage to my left side: balance and equilibrium, numbness and fine control of my left hand and leg, as well as fatigue and concentration issues... About 2 years ago, I became aware of Dr. Baert and her work. She employs a range of methods which have been very effective in dealing with all of the problems I’ve mentioned. Perhaps the most amazing technique is that of the scalp needles...What is important here is that stroke survivors should know about this kind of treatment...Dr. Baert is very skilled and listens acutely. Her manner is gentle and her techniques effective..."

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- Steve F.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin (much thinner than the needle used for a blood test) and so most people barely feel the insertion.  Once the needle is in place, you may feel some mild aching or tingling at the site of the needle, or you may feel no sensation at all.  Many people who were worried about the treatment being painful laugh afterward about their needless worrying.


2. I’m afraid of needles.  Can I still get treatment?

Yes. Dr. Baert is keen to work with people who are nervous about getting treatment. Instead of doing acupuncture, she can treat you with Chinese herbal medicine, fire cupping or moxibustion, or she can teach you how to do acupressure on yourself at home.  If you are nervous, but you want to try acupuncture, Dr. Baert can do a free demonstration for you so that you can see how the needles look and feel.   

3.  What symptoms and conditions do you treat?

Dr. Baert treats a wide variety of ailments including acute and chronic pain due to any cause, all kinds of digestive, gynecological, urogenital problems, mood issues, insomnia, energy and body temperature problems including menopause, as well as neurodegenerative conditions and movement disorders.  For more detail, click on the What Can TCM Treat link in the menu above.  

4. Is acupuncture safe?

Modern acupuncture needles are prepackaged, sterile, and are one-time use only, which means they are discarded after one insertion. The risk of infection is very low because the needle is sterile and the skin is cleaned with antiseptic prior to insertion. Occasionally, a small bruise or mild aching can occur where the needle was placed. The mild aching typically lasts only a few hours, if at all.

5. How long does the relief from an acupuncture treatment last?

The length of relief typically increases the more treatments you have and when they are done regularly. Eventually the length of relief will become long enough that you'll need treatment less frequently and eventually you'll no longer need treatment at all.


6. How many treatments will I need?

This varies greatly depending upon what condition or symptoms are being treated and how long you've had those symptoms. This is best discussed with Dr. Baert during your Initial Consultation.  That being said, if pain is your main symptom, most people feel relief from even the first treatment. 

7. I've had acupuncture before, but it didn’t help me.  Why should I try it again?

As in all professions, acupuncturists have varying levels of skill and experience.  Some have more experience treating some symptoms and conditions than others.  Also, acupuncture performed by a physiotherapist, chiropractor, or medical doctor (MD) is different than that done by an acupuncturist.  Acupuncturists treat based on TCM and acupuncture meridian theory, whereas physiotherapist, chiropractors and MDs treat based on anatomical theory. Knowledge of acupuncture meridian theory enables acupuncturists to treat many seemingly unrelated symptoms all at the same time.  For a more detailed explanation, read Dr. Baert’s article called Did You Know That There Are Different Types of Acupuncture?


8. What's the difference between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic healthcare system that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, fire cupping, tui na (Chinese medical massage), and moxibustion.  

9. There is no diagnosis for my condition.  Can you still treat me?

Yes.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is especially suited for treating conditions for which there is no diagnosis and/or no treatment with Western medicine.  

10. Are Dr. Baert's treatments covered by insurance?

Yes.  Most insurance plans cover acupuncture when it is performed by a Registered Acupuncturist (which Dr. Baert is), but each person has different coverage so check your plan.

11. Why doesn't Dr. Baert do direct billing?

Direct billing is time consuming for practitioners and time spent on administration means less time treating patients.  Submitting a claim online, directly to your insurer, has recently become much easier and usually you get reimbursed within 1-2 days. 

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