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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture in Victoria

The function of acupuncture is to improve the overall health of your body. It stimulates the body’s energy, called Qi (“chee”), to flow freely in the body and help it heal from physical and emotional conditions.

If this energy or Qi circulation is disrupted, optimum health is affected and this results in pain or illness. Qi circulates throughout the body in specific channels called meridians. Each meridian consists of acupuncture points along the skin and these points are stimulated with fine needles.

The Science of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Science has determined that human beings are complex bioelectric systems. With acupuncture, the needles activate the meridians which are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and systems. Subtle biochemical messages are sent throughout the body to encourage healing.

The most critical step in receiving an acupuncture treatment is to first get a complete diagnosis. This usually includes a series of in depth questions, inspection of the tongue and taking the pulse. From these observations, the Acupuncturist can piece together the most beneficial treatment for each individual.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing ability. It is a safe and effective treatment option that can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies for a wide range of conditions.

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) cites numerous conditions that have been shown to respond to acupuncture.Afraid of needles? Consider Acupressure! Most people are not comfortable with needles. Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the size of a thick strand of hair. They are solid and nothing is injected through them. The Acupuncturist quickly taps the needle into the skin and often is said to feel like a little mosquito bite, a very familiar sensation in Canada.

Acupressure uses the same meridians and the practitioner holds the point with a light finger touch, not a needle. It can be used when treating young children or sensitive adults and is equally as effective.

If you have a fear of needles, discuss it with your acupuncturist.

Acupuncture FAQ

What happens during a treatment?

During a treatment you will lie on a treatment table and 4-12 acupuncture points are selected. The most common points are on your arms below your elbows, on your legs below your knees and along the back. Each point is swabbed with alcohol before the needle is inserted.

A common acupuncture benefit is that it’s usually very relaxing and people often fall asleep during the treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

All needles are pre-sterilized and used only once, so there is no risk of disease transmission. The CTCMA, which regulates Acupuncture in BC, ensures all practitioners follow the Clean Needle Technique in order to protect the public and ensure safety standards.

Are there any side effects with Acupuncture?

Very few side effects have been reported with acupuncture treatments using disposable needles. As with any type of treatment, you should always inform your practitioner of all medications you are taking as well as any underlying health conditions you may have or have previously experienced.

What if I am taking medications?

Acupuncture does not interfere with Western medication. However please advise your practitioner of prescriptive and non-prescriptive medications that you are taking as it may effect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

How well educated are Acupuncturists?

In B.C., acupuncturists must complete a Diploma of Acupuncture or its equivalent. This translates into about 2500+ hours of academic and clinical training. Provincial licensing exams must also be successfully passed in order to practice.

Is Acupuncture safe during Pregnancy?

Acupuncture is used to alleviate many typical pregnancy-related complaints, including all types of pain, nausea or sciatica. During each stage of pregnancy, there are certain points that should be used and others that should be avoided. Following these guidelines ensures safety of both the mother and the fetus.

Commonly Treated Conditions (including but not exclusive to:)

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Arthritis/Joint Problems
  • Back Pain
  • Bladder/Kidney Problems
  • Childhood Illness
  • Colds/Flu
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Cough/Bronchitis
  • Dizziness
  • Drug Addiction/Withdrawal
  • Environmental Issues
  • Fatigue/Insomnia
  • Gynecological Disorders
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Health Maintenance
  • Heart Problems
  • Heartburn
  • High Blood Pressure
  • IBS/Colitis
  • Immune System Deficiency
  • Infertility
  • Learning/Memory
  • Muscle pain/discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain/Stiffness
  • Paralysis/Numbness
  • Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Radiation/Chemotherapy support
  • Sciatica
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sinusitis
  • Smoking
  • Stress/Tension
  • Vision Problems


  • Breech babies
  • Induction
  • Acupressure for pain relief during pregnancy
  • Postpartum recovery

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