What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body, by inserting very thin needles that are manipulated by hand or by electrical or laser stimulation. Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body’s vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting & manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points, I am able to return the body to its natural balance & promote the body’s ability to heal itself.

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping,” uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.

Celebrity Acupuncturist, Saloomeh Abrishami ( Sali ) , is a registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of BC (CTCMA of BC) with the registration number# 04690
She has also obtained additional certifications in cosmetic facial rejuvenation and anti- aging techniques.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The level of coverage will depend on the limits set out by your insurance company.

No! Acupuncture is a painless procedure. Most people barely feel anything when needles are inserted. The needles we use are very thin, about the size of a single hair.

Some sensations you may feel described as:

Heaviness, Achiness,  Electrical sensation, Tingling sensation

  • Acute pain and chronic pain
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Emotional issues
  • Neurovascular issues
  • Respiratory problems
  • Pain ( Sports injuries, Muscle pain, Back /Neck and shoulder pain, Leg /ankle and foot pain, Arm/wrist and hand pain, Knee pain, Hip pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Tennis Elbow Tendonitis, Muscular-skeleton pain syndrome, Headaches and migraines )
  • Respiratory Complaints ( Sinusitis, Allergies )
  • Digestive Issues & Nausea ( Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chronic indigestion, Chronic loose stools or constipation )
  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing ( Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia )

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general wellbeing may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won’t. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when our Acupuncturist inserts them. When she gently stimulates the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Canadians every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. Our acupuncturist has passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of BC and she is licensed by CTCMA of BC. As required by law, she uses pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

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