Acupuncture is an holistic method of healing, which involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles into specific areas of the body. From an Eastern perspective, Acupuncture moves energy (or Qi ‘chee’) and balances the body to put it in an optimal state to return to health. In British Columbia, Acupuncturists are required to take a 3 year Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma in Acupuncture, and pass 2 National Qualifying Board exams, at which time an Acupuncturist can apply to be licensed and insured. In BC Acupuncture is covered under all major benefits plans in the same way as other alternative health therapies like RMT, Naturopaths, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths etc.
From a Western perspective, acupuncture works by stimulating nerves in certain points on the body, which in turn creates biochemical responses in other areas of the body. For example, these biochemical responses can include reactions such as endorphin release to eliminate pain, neurotransmitter release to help improve sleep quality or mood, endocrine stimulation to balance all families of hormones, and immune stimulation to increase resilience to cold or flu, or even a direct release of trigger points (known as Ashi points in Chinese medicine) similar to the IMS (dry needling) that you might have received from a Physiotherapist.
Acupuncture also increases blood flow to targeted body areas. Along with healthy fresh blood comes nutrients, oxygen and white blood cells which greatly helps to facilitate the healing of many varied health disorders.
Acupuncture has been shown to treat hundreds of health conditions, some of which include:
Pain: Acute and chronic pain, virtually anywhere in the body. Back pain, neck pain and headaches/migraines, TMJ, sciatica, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, joint pain (spine, jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, hip, knee, ankle), plantar fasciitis, muscle aches & tensions, sports related injuries, tendonitis, fibromyalgia.
Trauma: Pre-surgery preparation, post-surgery, wound or trauma healing.
Neurological Conditions: Neuropathy, numbness, tingling, stroke, Bell’s Palsy.
General Health: Sleep disorders and insomnia, fatigue, weight loss or gain, blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetes.
Emotional Health: Stress, anxiety, depression.
Digestive Conditions: Nausea, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, IBS.
Respiratory Health: Sinusitis, rhinitis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, common cold.
Gynaecological Conditions: Infertility, PMS, menstrual disorders, painful menstruation, menopausal symptoms, pregnancy support, morning sickness, labour induction, postpartum recovery.
Addictions: Smoking, drugs and alcohol cessation, withdrawal support, sugar or food addiction.
Preventative: Ongoing General health treatments can help prevent the onset of symptoms of many of the conditions listed above.

For a more detailed account of how Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be of benefit to your health care please read the information page, "Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine" on the CTCMA British Columbia website (

Here at Physiomoves, your Registered Acupuncturist is Tracy Gibbons. She is available for appointments on Tuesdays from 7am-12pm and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-7pm. You can find out more about Tracy here and Acupuncture in general on her website at


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