Our world is changing and what we want out of life is changing too. We don’t just want financial success; we want long term health and wellness.
We want to see our environment supported with sustainable practices and we are beginning to look at our health in the same way. I believe this is why acupuncture clinics are popping up all over the world.
What makes it attractive to most is only the absence of long-term health side effects, but also its source of knowledge in aiding the body in physically, emotionally, and mentally healing itself from head to toe.
Although almost everyone will experience illness at some point in our lives, the recognition of the mind-body connection through Traditional Chinese medicine theory can impact the degree of the illness and the speed of recovery within a patient.
Acupuncture is a traditional healing therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is used to diagnose, cure, and prevent illness through the practice of moving Qi (pronounced Chee), which is considered a vital energy in the human body.
By inserting thin, hair-like needles into specific points along the energetic pathways called Meridians, we are able to move the Qi and restore balance within a patient’s body. This creates a balanced system called Homeostasis, which promotes healing. Acupuncture is used for acute and chronic conditions, pain relief, and strengthening the immune system.
I use single-use, pre-sterilized, thin, hair-like needles made from stainless steel. Each needle is only used once and then discarded into a biohazard container. I am fully registered with the CTCMA of British Columbia and am able to provide the safest and most effective treatment for you.
One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious or long-term side effects. It is also an all-natural and drug free therapy.
This is one of the first questions a new patient often asks! The needles are hair-thin and most patients do not even feel the majority of them being inserted. Sensation is unique to each person, so if you do feel anything, you might feel slight numbness, tingling, warmth, heaviness or lightness.
For me, a successful treatment is when my patient can fall asleep during the treatment! I’m able to create this experience about 75% of the time.
Many extended health plans do provide coverage for acupuncture and will reimburse you. You will need to check with your plan provider about their process as each plan is different.
In British Columbia, MSP will cover a portion of your visit for qualifying individuals. Please inquire with them on how to submit your receipt to get this reimbursement.
Before your first visit, you will be sent an Acupuncture Intake Form. This should take about 20 minutes to fill out and should be submitted prior to your first appointment. This gives you the opportunity to reflect on your main concerns regarding your health in the comfort of your home. It also gives me a good starting point to the treatment you need, allowing me to provide more value in each session.
During every visit, we’ll discuss what’s been happening with your health and as well as your concerns. To help me diagnose issues more accurately, I may sometimes take your pulse or ask to see your tongue. These are both methods within Traditional Chinese Medicine and I’m happy to explain more about them during the session if you wish.
Often spelled ‘Chi’. Some people feel a sensation of energy spreading throughout the body or around the needle. This is a very common and normal signal called the sensation of Qi. After a treatment, it is common to feel a deep sense of relaxation or a boost of energy.
When I’m looking for support for my own health, I want something sustainable. I want it to be accessible, affordable, and not be a drain on my time. This is what I want to provide.
Every person is different and the factors that influence a person’s healing recovery time include:
While some patients experience immediate relief, others may take more time to feel the benefits of the acupuncture treatment. My suggestion for new patients is to plan on a minimum of a month of weekly treatments to be able to really see the true value of how acupuncture can influence your body, mind, and spirit.
If a condition is more severe, an Acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week. But with more preventative use of the medicine, monthly or quarterly visits for health maintenance may be more appropriate. The beauty of this medicine is that the wisdom and knowledge lie in the hands of the patient and as an acupuncturist, I am providing a tool to empower our patients to make decisions about their own health.
Facial Rejuvenation is a treatment designed to rejuvenate the skin on your face from the stresses of life through a safe, holistic, painless approach. The focus is on the face as well as the whole body, creating balance and harmony from the inside out.
WARNING: After this treatment, you may receive more smiles!
Patients who have received this treatment speak not only of physical improvements to their face, but also of having an overall feeling of vitality and sparkle. Taking good care of yourself affects the energy you give to others and people will respond in turn.