photography by Caelie Frampton

Acupuncture treatment helps facilitate the return of your own ability to heal from within. When we are healthy, our bodies can respond to signs beckoning us to heal or return to balance, but when we are chronically or habitually out of balance, we may not notice these same signs. This is where acupuncture can assist your body: by stimulating the necessary systems of your body to do the healing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Approach 

Like a Western GP or Family Doctor, a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM), is trained in an equally comprehensive and in-depth approach to health. The main difference is the kind of study. In the West the Doctors approach health through symptomatic treatment and scientific researchTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches the human body from an energetic and functional standpoint. It views a human body as a whole unit made of energetic, physical, emotional, and spiritual parts. These parts are intimately related. Human beings could be viewed as miniature replicas of nature – a living entity of nature no more superior to a lion. No more superior to a tree.

Acupuncture is one of several therapeutic techniques used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It is based on its own complete system of anatomy, physiology and diagnosis where the vital energy referred to as Qi flow through different meridians in our body. It involves the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. This stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal by having the correct flow of Qi.

Acupuncture in BC

Under the B.C. Health Professions Act, acupuncture practice has been regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia since 1996. British Columbia is the first province in Canada to cover acupuncture under provincial health benefits. This announcement, made by the BC Health Minister, is an acknowledgment of an established and well-developed approach to healing. The province also formally recognizes the significance of related Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments to improve people’s health, and to address various health conditions.

Provincial coverage will benefit people who are on premium assistance under the BC Medical Service Plan (MSP). For details about the coverage, please visit the BC Ministry of Health’s website.