Welcome to Access Acupuncture – Your Trusted Acupuncture Clinic in Dartmouth, NS

Access Acupuncture is your destination for expert acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments. Centrally located in the Burnside neighborhood of Dartmouth, NS, just a stone’s throw away from anywhere in the Halifax Regional Municipality, we offer quick & effective pain relief & natural health care in both English and French.

A patient from Bedford, NS purchasing Chinese medicine after an acupuncture treatment

Why Choose Access Acupuncture?

Access Acupuncture is the clinic other acupuncturists choose for their own treatments. Our reputation for excellence makes us a leading choice for acupuncture and TCM treatments in Dartmouth and beyond.

Here are just a few reasons why our patients continue to choose us for their acupuncture needs:

  • Highly experienced and registered acupuncturists
  • Personalized treatment plans for optimal results
  • Flexible appointment times to fit your schedule
  • Centrally located in the Halifax Regional Minicipality, NS
  • Convenient location with ample parking
  • Same day appointments
  • Direct Billing to Insurance
  • Bilingual staff

Reviews from Our Happy Clients

Don’t just take our word for it – read testimonials from our satisfied patients who have experienced the healing power of acupuncture at Access Acupuncture:

Timi EsuabangaTimi Esuabanga
14:18 05 Jul 24
I visited Access Accupuncture for the first time in August 2023, with several health issues including excruciating pains at my lower back . Prior to that time, I had been placed on medication which i was told,i had to take for the rest of my life for what was termed ""degenerative bone disease". Julie lstened attentively and thereafter took time to explain the holistic nature of their treatment. She was very understanding, deeply caring and highly empathetic. After a few sessions with her, i generally felt well. Almost one year after i stopped the medication, i am pain free.My family members who visited her with different health issues, ( after I shared my experience with them), all have wonderful recovery stories to tell as a result of the unique holistic nature of the treatment administered and the care given by Julie and Christian."Bravo" to you two. 👍I am glad i came to you when i did. Please keep it up.
Gredi PatrickGredi Patrick
23:10 27 Jun 24
I have been seeing Julie for the past 8 months with an eye problem and shortness of breath. She did an in depth medical history and gave me a treatment plan that was holistic in nature including diet, exercise, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and accupuncture. Since working with Julie I have made remarkable improvements. The eye problem is now gone and the shortness of breath has improved. In addition to being an expert in TCM , Julie is also a wonderful person who truly cares about her patients and is very easy to talk to. I would wholeheartedly recommend her or her husband Christian to anyone looking to include TCM as part of their holistic health care approach
Linda WilliamsLinda Williams
01:21 21 Jun 24
Various medical tests, repeated explanations of symptoms to medical professionals , could not provide answers or direction with regard to what was negatively affecting my quality of life. After two years of feeling nauseated, experiencing significant flu like symptoms, fear of moving that would induce random, painful muscle spasms, disruptive sleep, miserable back pain, and distress a local osteopath suggested I contact Access Acupuncture. I’m delighted to share that relief was provided through the knowledgeable and skillful acupuncturist Christian Saint-Pierre.The initial appointment proved to be an excellent step in a very positive direction. Within 10 days, my pain is gone, spasms are less intense, few and far between , and the nausea has subsided. A plan is in place to move forward with further treatments under his purview. The relief is incredibly welcomed! Christian, thank you for listening, for clarity in explanation and a plan to regain better quality of life/ health.
Aileen AlfonsoAileen Alfonso
14:39 20 May 24
I just took an amazing seminar from Christian! He taught us how to diagnose and treat patients with accuracy and effectiveness. With a simple pulse diagnosis he was able to pinpoint the imbalances with exactness. I 100% recommend Christian as a doctor of acupuncture and as an excellent teacher and mentor. I was taught that an acupuncture treatment is only as good as the diagnosis. Christian's diagnostic skills are so unbelievable that even signs and symptoms that haven't fully manifested or revealed can be found. Thank you so much Christian for an amazing weekend of learning. Thank you for sharing your expertise and devotion to your practice! I appreciated the way you shared the material, your knowledge and your experiences with humility, brilliance and professionalism.
salma nhassisalma nhassi
19:15 02 Feb 24
Julie is really great! I have been at her house since last year. My 6 year old son is treated at Julie's for respiratory problems, eczema and appetite, it's just magical, we noticed the improvements from the first session. Julie is really great with children and adults! Thank you for everyone 🥰🥰
jean gharibjean gharib
13:29 01 Feb 24
Anne Da SilvaAnne Da Silva
22:23 19 Dec 23
I was referred Access Acupuncture by a friend when I was suffering from near debilitating pain in my neck, shoulder and with pain radiating down my arm into my hand. I can honestly say that my recovery would not have been as speedy without Christian treating me. He is professional, informed and kind while treating you. He listens and focused on finding solutions to minimize my pain and has been integral in getting back to being a functioning human without pain! I highly recommend Christian and Access Acupuncture without any hesitation.
Cheryl PerryCheryl Perry
16:37 24 Nov 23
Christian Saint-Pierre was informative during our short noticed visit. His care and attention was top notch.
Adam St. PierreAdam St. Pierre
14:09 22 Nov 23
Shannon BezansonShannon Bezanson
17:01 14 Aug 23
I would refer anyone to Access Acupuncture!I was at my wits end with pain in my right arm (my dominate arm), I had tried massage therapy, chiropractic, pain meds, etc. This went on for weeks, and the pain was so severe I could not handle it anymore. I had a friend mention acupuncture to me, which was something I had never tired before, and at this point I would have tried anything. After my first couple appointments, I could not believe the relief I was feeling.I am planning to keep Access Acupuncture as part of my by-monthly body & mind maintenance routine and I would recommend to anyone who has never tried this type of treatment to give it a try.Access Acupuncture is located in central Dartmouth, easy to access, great parking available, it's super clean and such an inviting atmosphere. If you're thinking about it, don't think anymore and book an appointment!!
Jay FJay F
12:13 19 Jun 23
Julie and Christian really do combine expert knowledge, technique, and a love of helping people into a fantastic experience at their clinic. The course of treatment I've received has made an immense difference for my allergies. What's usually the worst time of year has been dramatically improved, to the point where I nearly touch my bottle of antihistamines. I only wish I'd found them earlier!
Louise d'EntremontLouise d'Entremont
11:04 04 Apr 23
Lydie GascuelLydie Gascuel
01:43 27 Jan 23
I love the acupuncture treatments by Julie. I've been going there for almost a year now. She listened to me and advised me well on the treatment to follow. I had a hormonal imbalance after my pregnancies. Nothing was working until I started my treatments with Julie. Now I live again! It was the best decision for my health.
Kerry MannetteKerry Mannette
17:28 26 Jan 23
I had been struggling with shoulder issues for over a year which greatly impacted my active lifestyle. I met Julie at a wellness retreat and she took my pain from a 9/10 to a 3/10 in one session with only a handful of needles. She is amazing. I now live pain free and go to Julie only for some maintenance if I do something to tweak my injury again. I recommend her to all my friends and colleagues and she has done wonders for them as well. I highly highly recommend!
Alycia OgimaAlycia Ogima
17:18 26 Jan 23
I got treated for TMJ pain that I experience, not even a few moments after Julie treated me I felt immediate relief, my jaw was not so tight and sore and no clicking with movement. Even when I awoke in the morning the next day I still felt so much relief.
Michelle StudleyMichelle Studley
12:29 22 Sep 22
My husband and I were referred to Julie and Christian by a friend and we were skeptical. The treatment has really changed our lives, we have had amazing results and pain we have been living with for 10-15 years is gone. They are such caring and talented individuals - I highly recommend them!
Mohanad K.Mohanad K.
17:18 10 Sep 22
I highly recommend Access Acupuncture for one's corrective & preventative healthcare.I visited Access Acupuncture after my lower back pain reached a 9-year all time peak. I was advised with an extremely effective plan that helped me feel 50% restored within the first week and 100% restored within 2-3 weeks.Since then, I decided to explore other corrective treatments with Christian Saint-Pierre including historical sports injuries, accumulated musculoskeletal fatigue from years of office & field work, post surgical complications, and surprisingly even allergic reactions (I had no idea acupuncture could address this).What's different about the treatment I've received at Access Acupuncture is that the pain/discomfort/irregularity did not return in the same way it does when I've tried different therapies over the years elsewhere.I've tried acupuncture before in numerous cities across the country and have never been fully convinced about its effectiveness in treatment, quite honestly. Christian Saint-Pierre changed that.Moreover, Christian is extremely insightful and a great listener such that he's able to compile your medical history and see a potential pattern of symptoms that you may have developed over the years which are anything but unrelated.If I ever become a policy maker in any aspect, I would definitely advocate for the integration of traditional medicinal techniques such as this into our more modern conventional medicine. Being a client at Access Acupuncture under the care of Christian Saint-Pierre has not only improved my physical health but it has also opened my eyes to this category of treatment which is extremely misjudged, misunderstood, and underrated.The connection you will make with Christian Saint-Pierre will be one that goes beyond a patient and practitioner. This is a respectful, considerate, insightful man, and an extremely well educated & well rounded professional. At one point, you will not be sure if you're setting up your next appointment for the actual acupuncture treatment or just to visit Christian Saint-Pierre.⁸
Shia VShia V
19:10 06 Sep 22
I had a lower back injury when I was in high school, so I strain my back often, even though I do yoga and exercise regularly.I've been seeing many acupuncturists for over 20 years in different countries and cities, but Christian is one of the best. I visited Access Acupuncture by chance because my acupuncturist was on vacation when I hurt my back recently.I am glad that I found them and now have peace of mind because they got my back!
My 3 y.o. son had pet allergy.After 5 treatment everything has gone completely. I highly recommend Julie access accupuncture. Big thanks from our family and our future dog 🙂
Denise KeddyDenise Keddy
22:31 12 Dec 21
I have been going for acupuncture for a few months now and my back and feet and hands from arthritis have never felt better I have spent years running to chiropractors and massages to try to help me but acupuncture did the trick thank you so much for all that you’ve done for me
Ivanna BashkirIvanna Bashkir
14:41 22 Nov 21
I went to Access Acupuncture because I could not feel smell for a few months because of constant allergy reactions. I had about 7-8 treatments with Julie. She recovered my sense of smell in just one and a half months. Julie is very professional and takes a good care of her patients.She is the first doctor I met here in NS who was looking for all the possible natural ways (diets, activities, etc) to improve my overall health.Excellent service and I do recommend this place!
Mario SevignyMario Sevigny
21:26 08 Nov 21
I have had acupuncture all my life.. When we move in NS, I had not found anyone I connected with to continue receiving treatment.Julie and Christian are so welcoming and genuine, we connected on the spot.They are both great professional and I really appreciate how easy they always make it, even when I come to them with weeks of hard work and ask them to *relax* my body.They succeed every time!!!A great Team and always ready to serve, even at distance.Julie, Christian, Thanks for all the great care you give!!
Troy RyanTroy Ryan
15:08 18 Oct 21
I had on-going issues with gout in my feet and knees for 10 years with little success in sorting it out. A friend recommended acupuncture to me and I went to see Christian as a last resort before looking at a daily pill. We are now 4 months into my treatment and it’s been a long time since I have felt this good. His approach and planning on dealing with my situation has been a game changer for me.
Stéphanie MorissetteStéphanie Morissette
14:21 12 Aug 21
Merci Christian, a very good service. I recommend to everyone.
mar vmar v
11:51 30 Mar 21
I received a Ba Zi analysis from Dr. Christian St. Pierre recently. Not only was the information accurate, but the depth and detail Dr. Christian is able to “decipher” or “decode” from, simply, my birth date is mind blowing. Dr. Christian’s experience, and knowledge combined with his strong intuition is more than enough for me to recommend him to anyone else interested in receiving a Ba Zi analysis from him. And although the consult was conducted through Zoom, his sincerity, compassion, and healing intention was palpable.One of the things Dr. Christian analyzed about me is that I am rather intuitive. So on that note, if you’ve read this whole review, and are interested, it only reaffirms it’s time to reach out to Dr. Christian and make an appointment...it’s your time.
Terry HughesTerry Hughes
17:22 29 Oct 20
Christian and Julie are fantastic. They have been treating me for phlegm which has been affecting my daily life. Christian assessed me holistically (health, diet, lifestyle) and not only provided wonderful acupuncture services but gave me life-changing advice on my diet, and what was causing the phlegm. I have been a few times and I waited before writing this review, but I am now excited to share that the phlegm and nasal congestion has 80% gone, and I firmly believe that as I continue to focus on dietary changes, it will be eliminated soon. I have learned a lot along the way, and I now know what triggers it. Interestingly Christian didn't just accept my ideas about what was causing it, he challenged me, and it turns out he was right, and my assumptions were wrong. That shows the value of Access Acupuncture; I couldn't have solved this without them. Give them a try, and change your life!
Kelly CooperKelly Cooper
23:38 14 Oct 20
This has been my best back to school/work year yet and I owe it all to Christian and his needles.
Pam StarrattPam Starratt
12:06 11 Sep 20
Christian has been wonderful getting me back on the go. He has a super attitude and makes you feel very comfortable. I highly recommend Access Acupuncture.
Karin KlussmannKarin Klussmann
19:35 13 Feb 20
My mother suffered from Meniere's Disease (presents similar to Vertigo) for several years and was wholly cured by acupuncture treatments. Christian and Julie are compassionate as well as passionate about not only acupuncture, but Chinese medicine and all it can add to your medical treatment. They are both professional, registered acupuncturists who bring treatment to the highest level. I can't recommend them highly enough.
blaiseryan17blaiseryan17
16:26 03 Feb 20
Christian is a fantastic acupuncturist. He is a great listener and has a lot of experience as he was able to quickly figure out the cause of my pain and treat it effectively with his treatments. I highly recommend Access Acupuncture if you want relief and quality acupuncture.
Abe RummageAbe Rummage
15:23 30 Jan 20
Access Acupuncture is an excellent local acupuncture clinic! Christian and Julie are gentle and careful listeners as well as highly skilled and experienced practitioners. The space is warm and welcoming, easy to get to and very affordable. If you are new to acupuncture or a seasoned veteran, Access Acupuncture is the place for you!
Aaron LiAaron Li
15:14 30 Jan 20
Christian is very detail orientated and willing to dig deep to find the root cause of the issue. I have no doubt he will help you with your discomfort of any sort. I highly recommend his services.
Lindsay TrottierLindsay Trottier
14:53 30 Jan 20
I’ve had treatment from Christian, which was very relaxing and effective for my condition. I also have used his consulting services, which I found very insightful and informative. He is a wealth of knowledge and is very good at explaining seemingly complex ideas about Chinese medicine and philosophy in ways I can understand and relate to my own life.I’ve also consulted with Julie about treatment for my children, and I have found her advice very helpful.I recommend both practitioners at this office!
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Meet Our Acupuncturists

Our registered acupuncturists, Christian and Julie Saint-Pierre, are certified specialists in the Balance Method system of acupuncture, a highly advanced style from Taiwan.

Christian Saint-Pierre, R.Ac

With more than 18 years of experience, Christian is one of just ten practitioners in Canada with the highest level of certification in the Balance Method. He is registered with the Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia.

Julie Saint-Pierre, R.Ac

With over 11 years of experience, Julie is fully certified in Taiwanese Balance Method, with a focus women’s health & pediatric care in particular. She is also registered with the Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of Nova Scotia, and is the only acupuncturist in the maritimes to hold a certification with the Obstetrical Acupuncture Assosciation.

Our Acupuncture Services

Image of acupuncture combined with other Chinese medicine therapies including herbal prescriptions, dietary counseling and movement therapy, known together as YangShengFa

For over 3,000 years, acupuncturists have combined acupuncture, exercise, food, & herbs to specifically treat pain, illness & disease naturally.

We integrate these traditional methods with modern techniques in order to provide effective pain relief, natural health care & symptom management to the regions of Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax & Lower Sackville.

Our registered acupuncturists will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that targets your unique health concerns and promotes overall wellness.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Chinese medicine is among the the oldest unbroken health care & pain relief systems in the world. Over the centuries, it has developed effective treatments for many conditions, injuries and diseases, including insomnia, GERD, endometriosis, plantar fasciitis and back pain.

Acupuncture needles, Pain liniment and acupoint stimulator used for treatment

Schedule Your Acupuncture Appointment Today!

We’re open from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 8:30pm. We offer same-day appointments and warmly welcome new patients. We provide online booking and direct billing to insurance. Book your appointment online today or call us at (902)-999-4325.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We understand that you may have questions about our services. Here are some common questions our patients ask:

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is a safe and minimally invasive treatment when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Our team is highly trained and experienced in providing safe and effective treatments.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during their treatments. The needles used are very thin, and our skilled practitioners are adept at inserting them with minimal pain.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required varies depending on the individual and their specific health concerns. During your initial consultation, our acupuncturist will discuss a recommended treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans cover acupuncture treatments. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to determine your coverage. We offer direct billing and are happy to provide receipts for insurance purposes as well.

Contact Us Today

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team. Call us at (902)-999-4325, email us at info@accessacupuncture.ca, or use our online booking system to secure your spot. We look forward to helping you achieve better health and well-being!

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