Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture


 

Born from the wisdom of China’s ancients, acupuncture is a traditional treatment method that involves the insertion of sterilized, single-use needles at specific points in the body.

Acupuncture is a complementary medicine technique that stimulates precise body points—most commonly through needle penetration—to relieve pain and assist in treating various health conditions. The process stimulates the central nervous system, leading to the release of chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This biochemical change can trigger the body’s innate healing abilities and promote both physical and emotional well-being.

After a single session, you can expect noticeable changes in your body, mind, and energy levels. Acupuncture is frequently employed for pain management, sports injuries, ICBC recovery, women’s health, mental health, and facial rejuvenation.
 

Techniques

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture combines the principles of acupuncture with electrical impulses. This technique stimulates tissues, improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and amplifies treatment results. Depending on the needle placement and machine settings, muscle contractions can be induced, and weak muscles strengthened or contracted muscles relaxed.

Electro-acupuncture is particularly effective for neurological complaints, chronic pain, muscle weakness, and injuries. This procedure is highly safe when performed by a qualified practitioner but may cause internal damage or even electrical shock if improperly executed.

Facial Acupuncture

Facial acupuncture is a holistic treatment that considers the face as an extension of the body’s meridians, nerves, and muscles, which run from the feet’s soles to the head’s crown.

This aesthetic procedure, an evolution of traditional acupuncture, contributes to the appearance of younger, smoother, and healthier skin. Unlike injection-based techniques, facial acupuncture addresses both the overall health of the skin and signs of aging. The procedure brings blood flow and Qi (energy) to the cells and can enhance collagen output through microtrauma, deemed a “positive” injury. It’s considered a safer option than Botox or surgery.

Cupping Massage

Cupping therapy is a time-honored Chinese treatment that hinges on the belief that certain health issues result from stagnant blood and inadequate energy flow in the body. This traditional therapy, which applies cups—usually made of glass or silicone—to your skin to create a vacuum, is a safe way to alleviate muscle tightness and pain faster than massage therapy alone.

Cupping is commonly used to manage musculoskeletal pain, and particularly effective in treating chronic pain such as back pain and headaches.

Conditions benefiting from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating:

  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Tendinopathy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis

Meet our practitioners

Our certified physiotherapists provide acupuncture services at both of our locations. Our team of acupuncture practitioners includes Kai Wang, Dorothy Berwick, Edmund Gu, Paige Larson, and Jennifer Scott.

Kai Wang Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist

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