What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient system (more than 2500 years old) of medicine that involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into points of the body that stimulate the vital force or energy called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). Stimulating these points removes energetic imbalances and blockages, thereby restoring the flow of Qi and bringing harmony to the human body. Acupuncture has its basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: Yin and Yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy.

This constant flow of energy keeps the Yin and Yang forces balanced. One’s energy flows along specific pathways called meridians throughout the whole body. If the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate the body’s natural healing responses.

In addition to the insertion of needles, pressure, heat or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acu-point stimulation techniques include: Tuina massage, moxibustion or heat therapy and cupping therapy.

Learn more about the benefits of acupuncture here.

Is Acupuncture Right For You?

Our registered acupuncturist, Sungwoon Shawn Tjen, is an experienced practitioner of electroacupuncture. We welcome you to drop by and meet the team and please feel free to contact us online or call us at 604-876-9977  if you have further questions about acupuncture at our wellness centre.


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