Our Acupuncture Team
Our Acupuncturists at Avita Health in North Vancouver are Registered Acupuncturists in BC and are very skilled in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing modalities still being used in the world. It is traced back as far as 3000 B.C. As a core part of traditional Asian medicine, acupuncture restores and encourages health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.
The term “acupuncture” describes a varied set of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body. The acupuncture technique that is most often used, and commonly understood to be acupuncture involves the penetrating of the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by hand, with heat (moxibustion) or occasionally by electrical stimulation.
About Richard (RAc (Registered Acupuncturist))
Richard practices TCM and offers Acupuncture, Cupping, Acupressure and Massage. He holds his Acupuncture and Herbology Diplomas from the Traditional Chinese Medicine College of Vancouver.
He has also studied in China at PengShang Hospital in GaungXi. TCM can help our awareness of balance and change, in order to achieve and sustain harmony, vitality and longevity.
Practiced in China and many other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the most used and important parts of traditional Oriental medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is held as being in a delicate balance of two opposite yet united and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. Health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state”.
Disease is considered to be due to an internal lack of harmony between yin and yang. For example, if one organ of the body is malfunctioning this will be felt as a group of symptoms, often involving other organs as well. Therefore, restoration of the function of the single organ will affect each of the others, thereby returning the body to a state of health; the symptoms will then disappear.
Lack of harmony leads to blockage or disruptions in the flow of qi (vital energy) along body pathways known as meridians. Qi can be harmonized or released by using acupuncture at certain points on the body (acupoints) that connect with energy flows within the body called meridians. Acupoints are quite specific areas on the meridian channels. They represent points of maximum influence on the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the meridians. Stimulating these helps restore the body to its natural state.
Western medicine tends to approach disease by assuming that it is caused by an outside force, such as a virus or bacteria, or a slow degeneration of body functions. Western medicine generally is focused on attacking the outside force with drugs, radiation or surgery.
In contrast, traditional Chinese medicine works under the holistic assumption that the body is one unit, and each part of it is intimately connected to the rest. Traditional Chinese, and Korean medicine states that the body has the potential to cure its own diseases if pushed (or needled) in the correct way. This is the explanation of how one acupoint can be used to treat many symptoms caused by different illnesses
Acupuncture has been practiced in China, Korea and other Asian countries for thousands of years.
• Western science is studying the use and efficacy of acupuncture for a wide range of conditions.
• Relatively few complications have been reported from the use of acupuncture. However, acupuncture can cause potentially serious side effects if not delivered properly by a qualified practitioner.
• It is important to tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
If you have an approved claim, you will be charged a user fee (ICBC will cover the remainder). Prior to your initial appointment, you MUST provide your claim number, adjuster’s information (name and phone number), BC Carecard, and your doctor’s referral. Failure to provide this information will result in the patient paying the standard private rate for the appointment.