Acupuncture Vancouver, BC
Acupuncture has been in existence for over 2000 years and is the most widely used form of medicine in the world. It consists of placing ultra-thin needles on various points on the body to help re-direct the flow of blood and Qi (energy). Pain and disease occur in areas where blood and energy get blocked and stagnate. When acupuncture points are stimulated, it helps to unblock these areas to resolve pain, prevent disease, improve immune function, and restore the overall balance of the body.
To explain how acupuncture works in a modern western medical sense; acupuncture helps to stimulate the healing mechanism in the body. When an acupuncture needle is properly placed, it activates the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems. It activates the nervous system to release endorphins (a hormone produced in the brain that relieves pain and produces a feeling of well being or happiness ), norepinephrine ( a hormone that is responsible for alertness, memory and concentration) and oxytocin (a hormone responsible for resting and feeling calm). Acupuncture also releases pressure on joint structures and nerves which allows better circulatory flow and an overall help for the body to heal and detoxify. With all of these positive side effects, you can see why acupuncture can be beneficial for not just pain – but so many other different ailments as well.
Acupuncture can effectively treat conditions such as chronic or acute pain, sports and work related injuries, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, arthritis, headaches, stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, insomnia, PMS, digestive problems, thyroid disorders, and more.
For a complete list of health conditions recognized to be effectively treated by acupuncture, please visit the World Health Organization website.
Who does acupuncture at Acupoint Wellness Centre?
Suka Lang B.Sc. R.Ac. is the registered acupuncturist and clinical director at Acupoint Wellness Centre. She received her Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC. She is trained and certified in Biopuncture, Acupoint Injection Therapy, Vitamin B 12 Injections, Sports Medicine Acupuncture, and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Although acupuncture is most known for treating pain there are more than 80 conditions that the World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture is an effective treatment for.
Some of the conditions Acupuncture is known to treat are:
- sports and repetitive strain injuries
- digestive conditions
- stress and anxiety
- reproductive issues
Is it alright to do Acupuncture at the same time as other therapies?
One of the strong points of acupuncture is that it does not interfere with any treatment you are doing for your condition or medications you are currently taking. Acupuncture works well on its own or it can be especially effective as a complementary treatment modality.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a Registered Acupuncturist. Registered Acupuncturists receive a minimum of 1,900 hours training in acupuncture, traditional chinese medicine, western medicine, and safe needling techniques. British Columbia sets a high standard for which acupuncturists must follow to ensure public safety.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes, needles come in a sterile pack and disposed of immediately after use. Needles are made of stainless steel and are for one time use only.
Will my experience be painful?
Most people are surprised at how little they feel the acupuncture needles when they are placed on the body. To say that you don’t feel the needles at all would also not be completely accurate. Some people might feel a dull, heavy, or tingling sensation at certain points. Acupuncturists call this a ‘qi’ sensation and is considered a positive response in treatment. Just as in massage, chiropractor or physiotherapy work, there can be areas of tension and release that might not always feel comfortable initially. When receiving acupuncture let your acupuncturist know your questions and concerns to ease your worries. Your acupuncturist should be able to adjust the treatment to make you feel comfortable.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
One of the strong points of acupuncture is that it can be a wonderful adjunct therapy to anything you are currently doing to treat your condition. With no downtime after treatments or interactions with medications it is a safe therapy to choose.
Benefits of Acupuncture include:
- Reduces Body Pain
- Speeds Healing and Recovery
- Increases Energy
- Reduces Stress
- Improves Quality of Sleep
- Improves Digestion
- Relieves Muscle Tension
- Improves Circulation
- Boosts Immune Function
- Regulates Blood Pressure
Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance?
Acupuncture is covered by most extended health plans. Make sure to check with your insurance provider. Usually a certain amount per year is allocated to different types of therapy such as RMT registered massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractor, and acupuncture. Some providers pay a percentage (usually 80%) per visit.
I was so glad to have met and been treated by Suka. I didn’t know anything about acupuncture before I went to Acupoint Wellness Centre. I had many tests done on my stomach and was at my wit’s end to find out why I was experiencing pain. From the moment I met Suka, I could feel her genuine caring, gentle and well-being vibe. Over several months, I came to know that Suka was more than just an acupuncturist, she was a practitioner who cared about the overall well-being of me (and all her clients) and turned out giving me ideas/thoughts/tips in all areas of my life, including better things to eat, how to care better for myself – even thoughts on how my emotional issues with love can be better handled by myself. Over a few sessions, I started to feel better and within a couple months, my ‘issues’ with my stomach were gone. What keeps me going back is the trust I have in Suka to help treat issues with my body and mind. She is more than an acupuncturist. She is a caring and loving person; one with insight and life experiences that adds such a bonus to her acupuncturist knowledge and skills. Thank-you Suka.
~ Tim O.
I admittedly went to see Suka for the first time as a bit of a skeptic , but I was intrigued by acupuncture and was eager to ditch some prescription drugs my doctor had given me. Well it worked, I’m off the meds and 2 years later I’m still a regular. I especially love seeing Suka because she takes a very gentle approach and gives interesting nutrition tips to go along with her acupuncture. And she somehow has an ability to treat any situation my body throws at me from stress to injury, digestion to lung infection, I am constantly reminded and amazed by the power of acupuncture and the power of Suka. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
~ Dani D.
A friend referred me to Suka in November of 2010. I didn’t have any major medical concerns but thought acupuncture might help relieve stress and balance my body and mind. She immediately put me at ease with her positive and peaceful energy. Over the last few years, not only has Suka helped me resolve various health issues with her acupuncture treatments, she has also provided nutritional tips that have completely changed my diet and as a result, my life.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran in acupuncture or are considering it for the first time, I highly recommend Suka Lang and Acupoint Wellness Centre. She continues to make it a wonderful experience for me.
~ Shawn H.