Acupuncture in Nanaimo, BC

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Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In many cases, children respond more quickly than adults. If your child is afraid of needles, your acupuncturist can use acupressure or massage on the acupuncture points.

How are acupuncturists educated?

To become an acupuncturist you must have one to two years of post-secondary education prior to taking a three year acupuncture program at a certified college. After graduation, all acupuncturists must pass the provincial board exam and meet strict guidelines before receiving their Acupuncture Registration Certificate to become a Registered Acupuncture with CTCMA (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia).

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue. 

Why do they want to feel my pulse?

There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.