Traditional Chinese Medicine
The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.
The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of “vital energy,” “energetic balance” and “energetic imbalance.” Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” within its pathways, known as “meridians and channels”.
The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these “meridians”. Traditionally these areas or “acupoints” were stimulated by fine, slender needles. Today, many additional forms of stimulation are incorporated, including herbs, electricity, magnets and lasers. Still, the aim remains the same – adjust the “vital energy” so the proper amount reaches the proper place at the proper time. This helps your body heal itself.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is over 3000 years old and is based on the concept of Qi (energy) and the balance between yin and yang qualities within the body. Disease occurs when the balance of energy within the body is either blocked or diminished. Qi is considered a life force that courses throughout the body much like our circulatory or immune system. The circulation of Qi cannot be seen but can be felt either by meditation or through acupuncture stimulation.
Within BC, TCM practitioners are governed and licensed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA), which is located in Burnaby, BC. TCM practitioners must have 2 years post secondary education before entering a TCM college. A student of TCM must complete 3 years of training for acupuncture, 4 years of training for Chinese Herbology and 5 years for a Doctorate in TCM. After each training period, the student must then write and successfully complete a separate licensing exam for each title.
The following are the appropriate titles for each licensed and regulated practitioner:
Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac)
Registered Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner (R.TCM.P)
Doctor of TCM.
Herbology is the Chinese art of combining medicinal herbs.
Herbology is traditionally one of the more important modalities utilized in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness. Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient’s yin/yang conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed to cancel out toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the brew is ineffective. The latter steps require great experience and knowledge, and make the difference between a good Chinese herbal doctor and an amateur. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients. A key to success in TCM is the treatment of each patient as an individual.
*Dr. Jeff Jones and Mikiala Christie do not use any endangered animals in their herbal clinic. Herbal formulas are either custom blends of herbal powders or commercially produced herbal tablets.
Sports Injuries / Joint & Muscle Pain Management
At our clinic we treat both professional and non-professional athletes. Using a technique called, “Motor Point Therapy” we are able to re-set the muscle’s resting length so that muscle groups work more synergistically and effectively. By re-setting the muscle length we can both improve your athletic performance and also help to prevent any future injuries.
At our clinic we have treated the following athletic injuries:
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendonitis
- IT band friction syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Trochanter bursitis
- Muscle strains to hamstrings and hip flexors
- Runner’s knee
Acupuncture is also very effective at improving joint pain by directly stimulating the joint and surrounding muscle groups.
We have successfully treated the following joint or arthritic conditions:
- Frozen shoulder / shoulder pain
- Osteoarthritis of the hip
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Wrist tendonitis / Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck/ Upper back pain
- Bone Spurs
- Low back pain
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