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How does Acupuncture Work?

  • Acupuncture works by stimulating your bodies own healing process!

Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body that have high concentrations of nerve endings, triggering biochemical and physiological changes in the body. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, there are meridians that run along the body, and inside them energy (Qi) flows. This energy can become blocked or stagnant, causing an imbalance of the Yin + Yang, and this is when illnesses and disharmonies can arise. Acupuncture works by re-establishing the flow of Qi along these meridians, harmonizing the body and restoring the delicate balance of Yin + Yang.

  • It shouldn't. That doesn't mean you won't feel it though. "Deqi" refers to a feeling a patient gets when the needle inserted has activated Qi on an acupuncture point. This is often the goal during the treatment and because Qi is now activated, it can do as needed in the body to heal. Some common sensations you can experience during a treatment are: pressure, heaviness, dull ache, tingling, and warmth.

  • Are the needles one-time use?    Absolutely!  Acupuncture needles are extremely safe, because they are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable.

  • Is there anything I need to do before a treatment to prepare?  I always recommend having a small meal about 30 mins-1 hour before any acupuncture treatments and wear loose fitting clothes to the appointment.

  • How many treatments do I need?   That depends on the individual and how long the health issues have been happening for. Acute issues can usually be resolved in a couple of treatments, while chronic issues will typically take longer to resolve and may need a couple of months.

  • Is it covered by Insurance?   Yes, Acupuncture is covered under most extended health care plans and work benefits. We bill directly to most extended health care providers: Pacific Blue Cross, Greenshield, Great West Life, Sunlife Financial, Manulife, Industrial Alliance, Chambers Of Commerce.       

  • ICBC: If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, Acupuncture is covered and billed directly to ICBC.

  • How to make an appointment?   

       To make an appointment, call 604-474-1155 or Book Online.   

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