Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine


This effective and natural therapy originated in China at least 3000 years ago. Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. The World Health Organization states acupuncture is suitable for dozens of diseases.

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Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world and is still popular nowadays. Since April 2008, acupuncture is added as a supplementary benefit for MSP premium assistance recipients in B.C. Eligible B.C. residents with a low combined family income will receive $23 per visit for a maximum combined 10 visits of supplementary benefits. Patients are only covered for visits with practitioners registered by the College of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works on the premise that the human body has various forms of energy, or “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), which flow through a series of well-defined tracts on the limbs, trunk and face. These routes are called “meridians”, which in turn correspond to internal organs responsible for the vital functions of the body. Any imbalance in Qi–whether it is excess, deficiency or improper flow–will lead to disease. Treatment entails proper diet, physical activity (such as Tai Qi, or “moving the Qi”), herbal therapy and the superficial insertion of needles in selected points on the imbalanced meridian. This last form of treatment is known as “acupuncture”, whose purpose is to re-establish the normal circulation of Qi within the meridian, and, subsequently, the affected organ.

Facial Rejuvenation
Also known as cosmetic acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture is a virtually painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. The technique uses acupuncture to erase years off of the face
When balance is restored, you will feel and look more radiant.

The technique of cupping involves heating the inside of a specially designed glass cup and placing it on the skin of a patient. As the air inside of the cup cools it creates suction on the skin allowing the glass to stay on the skin. Cupping is able to promote the local blood and Qi flow, improve inadequate oxygen supply to the cells and tissues and speed up the process of self-healing.

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that applies the stimulation of warmth and heat to the acupoints and meridians. When a disease fails to respond to herbal medicine and acupuncture, moxibustion is suggested.

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