What is Acupuncture?
Drawing upon the tradition and wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is as effective and relevant in health care now, as it was over three thousand years ago. Acupuncture is minimally invasive, safe, fast, and effective. The World Health Organization has officially recognized acupuncture as an effective way of treating and healing many health ailments, including but not limited to stress, pain and chronic degenerative diseases.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, stainless needles at specific acupuncture points. According to this theory, qi (vital energy) and blood circulate in the body through a system of channels called meridians, connecting internal organs with external organs or tissues. By stimulating certain points of the body surface reached by meridians through needling or moxibustion, the flow of qi and blood can be regulated and diseases are thus treated.
According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “The best doctor prevents illness before its onset”. This is the underlying principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM treatments focus not only on solving current problems, but also on preventive care, maintenance, restoring and balancing the nervous system, regulating the production of hormones, and strengthening the immune system.
What can Acupuncture help with?
- Complementing Cancer Treatment
- Boosts the immune response
- Overcomes fatigue
- Reduce stress
- Controls pain
- Improves quality of life
- Our acupuncturist, Alfred Man, is passionate about working with cancer patients and strives to improve the quality of life in their fight against cancer. He has experience in working with various types of cancer. Learn more about Alfred and cancer care acupuncture at his website (accuhealing.com) or book an appointment with him at our clinic.
- Gastrointestinal: Poor appetite, fatigue, obesity, constipation, diarrhea, diabetes, acid reflux, stomach ache
- Cardiovascular: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, palpitation, stroke recovery
- Respiratory: asthma, shortness of breath, allergy, sinusitis, common cold
- Urinary: painful urination, incontinence, incomplete urination, night urination
- Urogenital: infertility, PMS, irregular menstruation, menopausal syndrome, seminal emission, premature ejaculation
- Emotional health: Insomnia, anxiety, depression, over thinking, memory and concentration issues
- Pain related issues: Sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, arthritis, muscle weakness, paralysis
What to Expect
The practitioner first selects appropriate acupuncture points along different meridians based on identified health problems. Then very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles with the length of half to 3 inches are inserted into these acupoints.
The patient will usually experience a feeling of soreness, heaviness, numbness and distention. The practitioner will simultaneously feel that the needle is tightened.
The patients may find that in the short term after treatment, the symptoms may in fact get worse before an improvement sets in. This is a common feature of acupuncture treatment.
Alfred Man is available for an appointment on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Saloomeh Abrishami is available for an appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Acupuncture is covered by MSP (some limitation), and most extended health benefit plans in BC. It can be used as a preventive, as well as adjunctive therapy for any of your health concerns. It is painless and relaxing, an easy way to deal with modern day life stress.
Jericho Integrated Clinic3733 West 10th Ave (West 10th & Alma St.)
Vancouver, BC V6R 2G5
Transit: 99 UBC/Commercial Station bus around the corner
Parking: $1/hr in front of the clinic or free on side street