Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Naturopathy with Dr. Susan Ritcey, N.D.


Acupuncture, NAET, and TCM, with Duncan MacLean

Duncan offers acupuncture and a range of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies. He is also a certified NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques) practitioner. NAET is an innovative and completely natural, painless, and non-invasive method for regaining health and effectively relieving allergies and the diseases arising from allergens. NAET is a powerful, energy-based method for treating and preventing illness. Duncan specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions and the treatment of food, chemical and environmental allergies and sensitivities.


What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the therapeutic modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fine, sterile needles are inserted into specific points in the body facilitating the body's self healing system. It can assist with the management of symptoms in conjunction with conventional medical treatment of diseases.

Who benefits from acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment option for people who are experiencing a wide variety of problems including: Acute and chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, menstrual disorders, chronic fatigue, depression, allergies and skin disorders. Ear acupuncture can be used to treat behavioral health (addictions, emotional trauma). Electro-therapy can assist with acupuncture to help relieve chronic and acute pain conditions.

Cosmetic facial acupuncture is an anti-aging treatment to enhance the appearance of your skin, improve skin tone, elasticity, and minimize fine lines.

How does acupuncture work?
Your body is a network of interacting energies. An even distribution and smooth flow of these energies will maintain health, whereas any interruption, depletion or stagnation in these energies can lead to disease. The principle of acupuncture is to aid these natural processes, helping the body to re-order the interaction of energies and heal itself.


What is NAET®

A Journey to Better Health 
Until recently, we looked at disease as sets of symptoms caused by poor
function or non-function of specific organs or body parts. Medical professionals
everywhere are taught to look for and to treat symptoms, rather than to look
further to find their causes. If we looked for causes, most could be found
easily, allowing symptoms to be reduced or effectively mitigated.

Principles of NAET®
We now know that many disorders (e.g., headaches, back aches, joint pains, addiction, PMS, indigestion, cough, body aches, etc.) are caused by undiagnosed allergies. When left untreated, allergies can become serious life threatening illnesses.

Dr.Nambudripad's discovery, NAET®, is an innovative and completely natural method
for regaining better health and effectively relieving allergies and the diseases
arising from those allergens.

Check out the very informative websites from NAET International and NAET Canada.

Chinese Massage (Tuina)

Chinese Massage (Tuina) offers a specific type of massage and manipulation techniques, used to treat musculoskeletal pain and stiffness. By re-establishing the energy flow within the body according to the principles of TCM, internal systems can be rebalanced to help with conditions such as digestive and respiratory disorders, headaches and emotional stresses.


Cupping therapy uses warm suctions cups that are placed on the skin to create a therapeutic response. Static application can help to remove toxins, release tight muscles and fascial restrictions. Gliding cupping slide over soft tissue to relieve muscle tension, resulting in a relaxing deep tissue therapy. Other applications can assist with congestion in the lungs causing respiratory issues such as cough, asthma and bronchitis.
Hawthorn Acupuncture & TCM

We ask you to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment to fill out a short intake and consent form. You can save some time by downloading the two forms below, filling them out ahead of your visit, and bringing them along with you.

Sharon Conroy, BHSc, R.Ac
Duncan MacLean BA., BEd., R.Ac., NAET Certification

Duncan supports the promotion of health and wellness through the time-tested practices of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. A graduate of Acadia University in Wolfville and the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bedford, NS, he is also a certified, advanced Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) practitioner who specializes in the evaluation, location and treatment of food and environmental allergies and sensitivities. He is a registered member of the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada.(CMAAC).

Duncan is an educator who enjoyed teaching in a variety of settings, including the Annapolis Valley First Nations School where he valued the opportunity to learn about traditional Mi'kmaq medicines and practices from the community knowledge keepers and elders.

Like many of his professional colleagues, Duncan's passionate interest in healing and the treatment of allergies and environmental sensitivities is rooted in personal experience. He will forever be grateful to the NAET protocol for the miraculous gift of good health. He is now delighted to be able to offer this support to others in our community.

Outside of his work, Duncan enjoys travelling and has spent time volunteering with youth in Central America. He is a keen canoeist, scuba diver and hiker.