Welcome to Hong Green Acupuncture Ottawa!
This site is intended to give an honest and informative description of the services provided at the clinic. In the spirit of honesty, we will forego the linguistic sales tools of using the royal “we” and third person rhetoric. This is me and this is my practice. First, allow me to introduce myself!
My name is Jonathan Green. I am a licensed and registered Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner. My interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine began with my 8 years living and working in South Korea. I was young. I worked hard and played hard. However, my health began to deteriorate. I decided to live a healthier lifestyle with diet, weight training, and Taichi. My health improved. However, one early snowy morning, I went outside to train and I slipped on some ice. Following this accident, I suffered from excruciating back pain and I lost my sense of smell. The neurologist suggested that the prognosis for my sense of smell was not good. Other modalities were unable to fix my back pain. And, as a last resort, I went to a TCM Practitioner. A few needles and the pain disappeared for several days. Two more treatments and my back was fully recovered. I was amazed. I decided to return to Canada to learn how to treat pain with acupuncture. As for my sense of smell, it returned when I participated in one of my professor’s studies in Treating Loss of Smell with Acupuncture. Although the trip through the polluted streets to the local donut shop was an assault on my nose, I have never tasted a better donut. I will forever be grateful to you Richard Kwan.
After returning to Canada, I enrolled at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I learned from fantastic teachers who were receptive and approachable. The school also offered a student interdisciplinary student exchange with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, in which I mainly attended lectures pertaining to when a physician may suggest acupuncture as a treatment option. Despite, investing all of my time and money in the program, I still remained skeptical during my studies. The terminology sounded flaky and I could not see how acupuncture and some herbs could treat health issues ranging from infertility to IBS. However, I spent hundreds of hours in the student clinic observing and treating hundreds of patients. I used the terminology. I used the theory, diagnostics, and treatment plans taught in the program. And it worked! I still cringe when I hear and use the TCM rhetoric, but it is necessary and fundamental to reaching the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
I graduated in 2012. I have since helped clients with acute and chronic pain, infertility and other gynecological issues, and general health. The treatments are affordable. There are incentives to continue your treatments. And, if you are not satisfied with your acupuncture treatment, then you don’t pay!
Traditional Chinese Medicine is regulated under the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). This regulatory body is in place to protect the public. The main difference between an Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner is that a TCM Practitioner is permitted to prescribe herbal formulas. The acupuncture program typically takes two years to complete (roughly 22 months). The TCM Practitioner program requires an additional year of study. Both titles require school exams, licensing exams, and registration with the CTCMPAO.