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Acupuncture in Dartmouth / Halifax

shoulder acupuncture

Acupuncture uses tiny, sterile, single-use needles.

Acupuncture uses tiny, sterile, single-use filiform needles to treat a wide range of health complaints. There are many ways to practice acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture is one approach that uses thin needles plus heat therapy, gentle non-insertion tools, manual massage, and cupping, to have many strategies that will alleviate symptoms and address the root cause.

Traditional acupuncture is rooted in a 2000-year-old philosophy of health, applied to the challenges that we face today. Flexibility and balance in one’s own body and mind, and harmony with one’s environment are key to health. Acupuncture helps and is helped by exercise, diet, sleep, mental health, and healthy relationships, to create this balance and help each of us live a long, happy life.

Conditions Commonly Treated

Chronic pain:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Back pain
  • TMJ
  • Arthritis
  • Old injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Poor posture
Mental health:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar disorder
Neurological disorders:

  • Post-stroke sequelae
  • Neuropathy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
Autoimmune disease:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Alopecia
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
Cancer Care:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Immune support
Post-viral disease:

  • Lyme disease
  • Long COVID
  • HIV/AIDS support

David Henry Claflin

Chinese Medicine Doctor (CMD)

David Henry Claflin Chinese Medicine Doctor (CMD)

David Henry Claflin
Chinese Medicine Doctor (CMD)

Henry is a registered acupuncturist, a teacher, a martial artist, a husband and a father. He has extensive training in modern and ancient styles of acupuncture. In a session, Henry may use any combination of single-use sterile filiform needles, gentle non-insertion tools, moxibustion heat therapy, and massage. He takes a patient-centred and trauma-informed approach, with treatments that are gentle, dynamic, and effective for both adults and children. Henry tries to help his patients feel more at ease in their body, more at peace in their heart and mind, and more connected to their environment.

Henry graduated with a Diploma in Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine in 2013 from the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Henry interned at the Toronto People With Aids Foundation, and with leading acupuncturists in integrative cancer care and reproductive health in Toronto. In 2014, he travelled to Beijing, China, for a year-long advanced clinical training. Henry was deeply fortunate to study with world-renowned acupuncturist Dr. Wang Ju-yi, his senior apprentice Jonathan Chang, and one of his students Dr. Yu Kan, who ran her own busy multi-bed clinic in an integrative community hospital. These teachers showed Henry an exceptional approach to acupuncture using subtle, detailed palpation to refine diagnosis and improve treatment results.

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Henry returned to Canada and practiced in multidisciplinary clinics across the Greater Toronto Area. He began teaching acupuncture and herbal medicine in both classroom and clinical settings, eventually becoming Program Director of Eastern Medicine at his alma mater. After coming back from China, Henry learned (will forever be learning) to read classical Chinese, and began a lifelong study of the foundational text of East Asian medicine, the 2000-year-old Inner Classic. This project has transformed his practice and brings him a great deal of joy on quiet mornings.

In 2021, Henry moved to Nova Scotia with his wife and two kids in search of a slower life, closer to nature. In addition to clinical practice, Henry teaches acupuncture and East Asian medicine at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and runs a small Tai Chi school in Halifax. In his downtime, Henry rolls around with his two kids, plays basketball and soccer at the local park, and chips away at 1000-piece puzzles with his partner Leanne. Henry loves a good cup of tea, daily Tai Chi in the yard, and a walk in a forest.

To take advantage of all that acupuncture has to offer, schedule your appointment today.

Acupunture Dartmouth | Kinesis Health Associates | (902) 464-2225