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Registered Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of hair thin needles to stimulate sensitive points on the body. We achieve effective, drug-free relief by stimulating muscle/connective tissue, the nervous system, the immune system, circulation and local cell-to-cell communication.

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks for areas with poor circulation and movement, inflammation, weakness and odd sensations. Using sterile, single-use needles, electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha (gentle skin scraping), heat and massage your acupuncturist helps tight areas relax and weak systems function better. The initial appointment includes an interview of your lifestyle patterns and health and may include food choice modifications and sleep/exercise suggestions. Treatments are specialized to your body instead of treating every person with an ailment as the same.

For example, migraines, commonly known as a headache, can effect blood circulation in the whole body, digestion, temperature regulation, neurological processing of light, sound and smells. In Chinese medicine we use these 'secondary' symptoms to fine tune our treatments.

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An acupuncture appointment can also include Cupping, Shiatsu or Acupressure. When you book your acupuncture appointment, just note that you'd like cupping and/or acupressure as well.

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a combination of fine tuning your general health and stimulating a specific sequences of acupuncture points to help tone tissues and boost blood and lymph circulation. Very fine needles are used to help increase collagen production in the face and neck. This natural treatment can give the face a more youthful glow and firmer skin around eyes, jaw and forehead.

The Cosmetic Acupuncture protocol is a series of 10 sessions over 5 weeks. Being taken care of twice weekly helps tune sleep and stress levels and can make real progress towards better internal and external health. In five weeks feel and look fresher and more energized, like you've just come back from a really good vacation.

Did you know..?

  • The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) recognizes acupuncture is an effective treatment for a large range of issues including mental-emotional disorders, allergies, headaches, digestive issues, hormone imbalances and repetitive strain disorders. [source]
  • The Health Professions Act of BC requires registered acupuncturists to have two years of post secondary education in liberal arts or sciences and three years of Acupuncture training.
  • Acupuncture is recognized by the Medical Services Plan of BC ($23/visit for up to 10 visits/year for lower income families) and most Extended Health Insurance plans.
  • The needles are so fine that ten can fit into the tip of a hypodermic needle.
  • Acupuncture treatments usually shut off the fight-or-flight system of the body and leave people feeling deeply relaxed afterwards.

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Needleless Acupuncture
(Acupressure / Cupping / Shiatsu)

Acupressure is a style of massage focused on the pressure points in tight muscles. It uses the same locations and theories of Acupuncture but the points are stimulate using hands, cups or other tools. This style of massage is useful for relaxation, pain relief and helping to balance other health conditions like insomnia or digestive issues. For people who are looking for deeper pressure, cupping is recommended in addition to acupressure.

Acupressure and cupping are included in the scope of practice for Registered Acupuncturists in BC, and can sometimes be billed to extended medical plans in the Acupuncture category. Because most direct billing services specify acupuncture appointments must include needle insertion, clients must submit their own receipts if their plans included acupressure/cupping.

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