Acupuncture is one of the primary treatment methods used as part of a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete, and well developed health care system that looks to address dysfunction and dis-regulation in the body through 5 pillars of Health and Wellness
These 5 Pillars are: Diet, Exercise, Massage, Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is probably the most well-known aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Western world, perhaps this is because of its long history and unique approach to health and healing.
Most commonly Acupuncture is associated with the use of very thin, sterile, one time use, filliform needles that are inserted into specific points, (called acupoints), throughout the body. Stimulation of these acupoints will assist the body in initiating a healing response.
By working to determine the underlying cause of a dysfunction in the body, be it due to trauma or lifestyle, an Acupuncturist will make a diagnosis based upon the principles of Chinese Medicine. The point selection will be based upon an individuals pattern of symptoms, along with the practitioners observations and information gathered through palpation. Each treatment is unique and tailored to an individuals presentation, and will evolve over time.
Acupuncture treatments are a wonderful options for those seeking to restore optimal functionality in their body systems, as well as increase longevity and vitality to their life experience.
But wait…You want to explore all the wonderful possibilities of Acupuncture but are afraid of needles??
Don’t worry, Acupuncturists have a lot of tools available to them. The stimulation of acupoints can be done through a variety of methods, from Acupressure, (applying pressure and massaging the points), Moxibusion (using the herb Mugwort to stimulate points), Cupping (application of suction cups to points), to even Laserpuncture (using Low Light Laser as an effective and pain free method to stimulate acupoints). So don’t let your fear of needles stop you from feeling better!
In British Columbia Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are a regulated profession. Acupuncturists are required to complete a minimum of 3 years studying Chinese Medicine in addition to 2 year of University schooling. Licensing is received upon successful completion of a rigorous written and practical examinations. To find out more about regulations in British Columbia please click here.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to effectively treat over 300 common conditions, including the following: