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Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that originated in China more than five thousand years ago. It is based on the idea that vital energy, or qi, must flow in the correct strength and quality throughout the body in order for health to be maintained. Illness and disease are related to blockages and stagnation of this energy.

An acupuncturist inserts special, very thin needles just under the skin at specific spots called acupoints. He or she manipulates these needles to stimulate this energy flow at specific acupoints in order to restore the proper balanced flow of energy. Often the patient does not even feel these needles and they do not draw blood.

Depending on the patient's symptoms and how they respond during the session, the needles may simply be left in place for a few minutes or more stimulation may be applied. This stimulation may include the application of gentle pressure, mild heat or a small amount of electricity to the needle.


Acupuncture is regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of British Columbia (CTCMA). CTCMA is a statutory corporation created by an act of the British Columbia government. It is operated at arms-length from the government and is an independent, non-profit organization accountable to the public through the Ministry Of Health.

For further information

College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA)
T (604) 738-7100

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