About Therapeutic Healing Arts

Valerie Rose Dyer

Registered Acupuncturist

Val Dyer

After graduating from the College of International Holistic Studies with a degree in TCM Acupuncture & Moxabustion in 1999, Val, a registered acupuncturist, has completed a wide range of training in holistic healing practices.

With more than 22 years of experience practising TCM acupuncture, Val has treated a range of clients to help them with their health journey. From joint and muscle pain to hot flashes to migraines, clients have come to Val to help alleviate their symptoms through acupuncture. While acupuncture helps with pain management, it can also act as a preventative measure to a person’s long-term health and wellness plan. Val has a personable and caring nature that makes it easy for her to connect with a client and understand how to best serve them through acupuncture.

What happens in an appointment?

During intake, the chief complaints are discussed along with other signs and symptoms, lifestyle choices, personal and family health history, emotional imbalances, and nutrition/ eating habits. A TCM diagnosis is further obtained by observing certain constitutional characteristics, visual and sensory signs of imbalance and the tongue is examined and pulse palpated. An acupuncturist takes all this information into consideration when choosing the best TCM principles to follow for an intensive, individualized treatment plan. All aspects of the patient are considered when putting together and effective treatment plan. The intention of treatment will be to promote health, alleviate pain and bring a state of balance to the body’s energy networks & mechanisms.


Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat millions of people over the past 4,000 years. It is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Our registered acupuncturist, Valerie Rose Dyer, is a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.

Val assesses and treats clients who present a range of symptoms, including:

  • sciatic pain, frozen shoulder, whiplash, joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, arthritis, traumas from
  • injury or post-surgery, toothache, TMJ pain, pain in knees, feet, hands, elbows or stiffness and
  • swelling in the body
  • headaches, migraines and dizziness
  • stress, tiredness, anxiety, depression, insomnia and poor memory
  • abdominal disorders, epigastric pain, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux and nausea
  • people with autoimmune disorders: fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, MS and chronic fatigue
  • syndrome
  • menstruation problem, PMS and hot flashes
  • tinnitus, ringing in the ears and deafness
  • atrophy syndromes, paralysis and Bell’s palsy
  • oedema, urinary bladder problems and infections
  • hypertension, angina, chest pain and high blood pressure
  • asthma, common cold, coughing, allergies, rhinitis and sinusitis

How does acupuncture work?

According to Chinese Medicine, an imbalance of energy and blood flow will lead to pain and disease in the body. Acupuncture needles inserted along specific meridians can bring balance to the body’s energy network, improve vitality, blood circulation and restore the natural balance of the body’s mechanisms.

Acupuncture needles inserted along specific meridians can bring balance to the body’s energy network, improve vitality, blood circulation and restore the natural balance of the body’s mechanisms.

Acupuncture is based on the theory of (Qi) energy (life force) courses through channels of the body. Acupuncture points are located along these channels and each point has its own TCM characteristic and medicinal use. An Acupuncturist needles these points to adjust circulation of Qi in the channels, which will mobilize Qi, moisture and blood, invigorating the function of muscles, nerves, vessels, glands and organs.

Why should someone try out acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be a powerful treatment option for healing, and is an alternative, drug free choice for people who may not have responded well to modern medicine. The whole person is considered when performing TCM acupuncture, treatment is always individualized according to the pattern or patterns being presented.

Acupuncture is very safe and non-invasive, it does not have the side-effects and risks associated with invasive procedures and drug medications. It is a completely natural therapy that works directly with the body’s natural processes, not against them. Often people feel a deep sense of relaxation and sense of well-being following an acupuncture treatment.

A wide variety of health issues, disorders and diseases can be treated with acupuncture. But you don’t have to be sick to begin treatment as acupuncture is also preventative medicine, don’t wait until something goes wrong to receive the wellness benefits. Acupuncture can be an excellent part of a person’s overall commitment to health and well-being, and is most effective when combined with regular exercise/physiotherapy, nutrition, adequate sleep and rest.