Acupuncture FAQ

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is regulated by the CTCMA in BC to ensure safe practices in all levels of application as well as offering realistic patient expectations of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its related modalities including Acupuncture, Cupping and Tuina Massage. Your practitioner uses sterilized disposable needles and ensures a clean and safe space for practice. 

Registered Acupuncturists in BC must complete a minimum 1900 hrs education program as well as pass both written and clinical boards in addition to safety and jurisprudence exams. During their training, Acupuncturists in BC are taught the most conservative needle techniques, angle of insertion and needle depths relative to the individual’s needs and body type, and is responsible for ensuring your comfort and support during the treatment. 

What is Acupuncture and how is it different from Dry Needling and IMS?

Although most Acupuncturists are trained in dry needling and IMS, most practitioners of dry needling and IMS are not Acupuncturists by training. This is because the education is more abbreviated (30-300hrs) and is taught according to a more basic application using trigger points and local stimulation of affected areas with bigger needles.  These treatments although very effective, tend to be a little more aggressive in style while TCM acupuncture for the most part uses a more delicate application overall. 

Is Acupuncture evidenced-based and how do I know if it is working for me?

There have been decades of evidence based studies using sham acupuncture as well as placebo to verify the efficacy of acupuncture, in addition to the over 2000 years of empirical evidence in practice. 

The quality of your treatment however can only be judged by the skills and ability of your practitioner, who is responsible for accurately diagnosing the root of your chief complain and applying the correct protocol of points.  You should notice an immediate improvement of your chief complaint during your session, as well as see a consistent and tangible improvement over time as the severity of your condition subsidies and natural vitality returns.