Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Acupuncture &

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into specific points of energy that are located along 14 Meridians or Channels that cover the entire body. Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest medicine in the world, tracing back more than 2000 years. It is a holistic approach that includes Acupuncture, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and dietary suggestions.

TCM looks at the body as a “whole” taking into consideration diet, body, mind and environmental conditions.

How does acupuncture work?

The core belief is that we all have a complex system of channels that flow throughout our body and when there is an obstruction in the flow of Qi (energy) to our body, one may experience pain, emotional instability or other disease. Acupuncture can help to remove the blockage and encourage the body’s natural ability to heal.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is safe when it is practiced by qualified Registered Acupuncturist. In British Columbia, all registered acupuncturist must be licensed and required to complete extensive training and education.

Needles used for acupuncture are fine, sterile, disposable, single use and stainless steel. There are virtually no adverse effects or complications because it is an all-natural, drug-free therapy.

To find out more about TCM please visit the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC website.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions.

A partial list includes:

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Fertility issues & Pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness
  • Allergies, Eczema & Asthma
  • Pain and stress
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
  • Premenstrual pain and hormonal imbalance
  • Menopausal symptoms like night sweats, weight gain and mood changes
  • Digestive issues & Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)…And more!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified specific conditions that have been proven to be particularly effective with TCM and Acupuncture. Some of the conditions include nausea, vomit, low back pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Ear Acupuncture

Ear acupuncture, also known as auricular therapy, is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other areas of the body according to the principals of TCM.

Ear acupuncture has proven to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, including anxiety, headaches, allergies, addictions and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Should I eat or drink before a treatment?

Yes, please eat a light meal about 2 hours before your appointment. While you do not want to show up with a full belly, you also do not want to go for a session on an empty stomach as it can leave you feeling lightheaded.

As coffee is a stimulant, if possible, please avoid coffee 2 hours before your appointment and be hydrated.

Registered Massage Therapy

 

Who are RMTs & what is Massage Therapy?

In British Columbia, Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are regulated by The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC).

RMTs are health care professionals committed to restoring optimal health and helping you achieve pain-free function of your body.

They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, postural exercise and patient education.

What can Massage Therapy treat?

Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation. It can treat a wide range of conditions such as headaches, sports injuries, body pain, increase circulation and conditions due to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.

Registered Massage Therapy has seen an increase in public interest as it is a non-surgical and drug-free treatment option.

How are RMTs trained?

In British Columbia, RMTs are amongst the most educated and highly trained in the world. Students complete at least 3,000 hours of training at an accredited college. RMTs have comprehensive training in subjects such as anatomy, pathology, kinesiology and physiology.

They are also trained in manual skills, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy and patient education.