Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine

If you’re looking for acupuncture treatment in St. Albert or Edmonton, you’ve come to the right place.

At the Maloney Elkassem clinic in St. Albert, Alberta, we have been providing rapid, effective relief for our valued patients since 1997. You'll see that we utilize a variety of state-of-the-art healing methods to give you individualized care that's right for you.

Dr. Islam Sandouka R.Ac, TCM is our registered acupuncturist on staff. Dr. Sandouka provides both acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine services.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest health disciplines in the world, originating in China over 2500 years ago. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body in order to encourage natural healing and normalize body function.

How does Acupuncture Work?

According to the classical Chinese explanation, channels of energy flow in regular patterns (called meridians) through the body and over its surface. Along the meridians are specific points that can block the flow of energy. Acupuncture is a treatment that serves to remove the block of energy and therefore activates the body's innate ability to heal. The needles stimulate the normal flow of the body's energy, or "qi" (chee), to flow and function normally, thus bringing the body back into a state of health.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release neuro-chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will trigger the release of other hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can reduce or eliminate pain and improve overall bodily function, promoting both physical and emotional well being.

Acupuncture has been successfully recommended to treat many ailments including:

Neck and Shoulder Pain Carpal_Tunnel Syndrome Whiplash
Tennis/Golfer's Elbow Low-Back Pain/sciatica TMJ
Irritable_Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Arthritis Headaches
Constipation Anxiety Migraines
Nausea/morning sickness Depression Knee and Leg Pain
Cold/flu symptoms Stress Aids in weight Loss
Insomnia Chronic Fatigue Asthma
Fibromyalgia Smoking Cessation Pregnancy induction
Breech birth presentation    

Do the Needles Hurt?

Individuals with an aversion to medical needles are generally pleasantly surprised at how minimal the sensation is, as acupuncture needles are barely thicker than a human hair.

People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel either no pain or very minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted. A dull, mild ache is often an indication of the therapeutic benefit of a treatment.

Treatments generally pain free with very little potential for complications.

Dr. Islam Sandouka, R.AC, TCM

Registered Acupuncturist, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Dr. Sandouka is a native of Edmonton and other than time spent in Calgary where he received his education in acupuncture, he has lived here his whole life.

Dr. Sandouka studied acupuncture in Calgary, Alberta at the Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, in partnership with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Though he had previously been headed towards a career in engineering, Dr. Sandouka was ultimately drawn to a career in acupuncture largely as a result of watching how his parents had faced health challenges. In particular, he says that he was impressed by how acupuncture had helped his mother deal with some chronic health issues without the side-effects of other treatments that she had tried.

Dr. Sandouka has particular interest in treating sports injuries, whiplash related injuries and post-stroke rehabilitative care.

Dr. Sandouka lives in Edmonton with his wife Sarah. In his free time he enjoys golf, biking, hiking and camping and family time.


      60 Riel Drive,    St. Albert,    Alberta    T8N 5B3      Ph: 780.459.8183