What is acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese medicine is a form of healthcare with several thousand years of history. Acupuncture is used to prevent disease by maintaining a good state of health, and to treat acute or chronic disease. It is a safe and effective technique of inserting fine, flexible, sterile needles into areas of muscle pain or specific acupuncture points. These points are distributed along energy channels called meridians, which are located all over the body. The needles are usually left in place for 15 to 30 minutes to regulate the flow of energy, called qi, and blood to restore imbalances and alleviate pain.

What conditions may be helped by acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been proven effective in treating various forms of pain and acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Obesity
  • Muscle pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Infertility and hormonal imbalances
  • Insomnia
  • Skin conditions
  • Nicotine and other addictions
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Trigger Finger (painful locking fingers)
  • Allergy (seasonal Allergy, recurrent flu)
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Menopause

Is Acupuncture a Recognized Practice?

Acupuncture has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act of B.C. since 1996. To practice in B.C., acupuncturists must be registered in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia.

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