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Acupuncture Now Offered at Healing Tree!

Julia Sevitt, RAc is available Mondays 9am-5pm, Tuesdays 2pm-7pm and Fridays 9am-5pm


Acupuncture is the practice of sterilized filiform disposable needles inserted into the body at specific trigger points and meridians (energy channels) on the body to balance and regulate the flow of blood and Qi according to Traditional Chinese medicine principles and theories. It has been in existence for over 2000 years and is the most widely used form of medicine in the world.

The World Health Organization recognizes the effectiveness of TCM Acupuncture in the treatment of several conditions and diseases determined through controlled trial studies. These include:

Whiplash and other neck or shoulder pain, low back and hip pain, sciatic nerve impingement, tennis elbow, knee pain, bursitis, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, facial neuralgia, dental pain, TMJ, allergies both environmental and food related, anxiety, depression, bereavement and grief, digestive disorders including: irritable bowel syndrome, ulcer, reflux, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, painful periods, symptoms associated with menopause, morning sickness, fetus malposition, labour induction, hypertension, recovery from stroke.

Your Treatment

Julia’s holistic and multi disciplinary approach to healing is uniquely tailored to meet you and your needs. She has crafted a unique blend of modalities that work on the mind, body and spirit. In her treatments she combines Acupuncture with Shiatsu massage, Thai massage, cupping, moxabustion and nutritional counselling.

You will be asked to fill out an intake and waiver form which will take about twenty minutes, so please come early to your first appointment to do this. It’s advisable to have had something to eat around an houror two before your treatment, and also to plan to have a snack or meal sometime after your treatment as well. Drinking coffee or other stimulating beverages before coming for a treatment isn’t recommended.

During your treatment past life history, current symptoms and concerns will be discussed in a relaxed and supportive environment. Your practitioner will develop a personalized treatment plan towards optimal health and wellness using acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine treatments.

The course of treatments depends upon the imbalance is at hand. Acute issues can be cleared up quickly if treated soon, as chronic issues can take more commitment. With acupuncture, consistent treatments create consistent results.

Acupuncture FAQ’s

What is Shiatsu and Thai Massage?

Shiatsu is a form of massage meant to invigorate Qi and Blood in the body. Techniques involve a firm pressure with the thumbs, palms, and elbows and various stretches. It promotes structural and locomotive health increasing mobility and range of motion in the body. Thai massage is similar and involves more yoga type stretches.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient therapy used in many cultures around the world throughout history. A cup is attached to the body by using suction, opening the pores on the body and invigorating the flow of Qi and blood, therefore stimulating energy and circulation.Cupping creates an outlet for toxins to exit the body by pulling latent impurities into the connective tissue and fascia below the skin so that the lymph system can flush it out.

What is Moxabustion?

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain general health.

What is TCM Diet Therapy?

TCM dietary therapy considers foods for their five flavours, five energies, movements, the common actions of foods (e.g., to lubricate dryness, soften hardness, or nourish blood), and organic actions (the specific internal organs on which certain foods can act).

According to TCM a balanced diet means eating a variety of whole foods in order to benefit from all the flavours, energies, and organic actions a varied diet offers.

Are there any side effects?

People react differently to acupuncture; some people feel energized, and some feel deeply relaxed, others feel giddy. No matter what the reaction is, the relaxing effects of the treatment can continue though out the day, and so it’s advisable to rest or at least take a gentler approach to the remainder of the day, staying hydrated. Patients that are strongly affected by acupuncture are advised to make safe arrangements to get home.

Is Acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

TCM treatments are gentle and safe and for pregnant women. Ailments in all three trimesters can be addressed.

Acupuncture can help with morning sickness, threatened miscarriage, exhaustion, anxiety, heartburn, constipation, sciatica, pelvic and hip pain, urinary tract infection, breeh babies and malpresentation, and pre birth cervical ripening.

Breech Babies & Malpresentation Acupuncture:

Chinese medicine has treated breech and malpresented babies for centuries using acupuncture and moxibustion. The ideal timing to treat breech and other malpresentations would be between 30 to 34 weeks.

Is it covered by my health plan?

Acupuncture is covered by most extended health plans.

Is acupuncture safe?

Universal precautions and only disposable needles ensure safety. Health Canada has appointed the College of Traditional Chinese Medical Association to set the standards of safety in BC. Acupuncture is very safe when given by a licensed professional.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No acupuncture does not hurt. People experience a variety of sensations with acupuncture including a heavy, dull or tingling feeling around the points. The pins are tiny and finely crafted. Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on the body which occurs if the person is comfortable.

How is this different from dry needling or my doctor offering me a treatment?

Other professions can do minimal training and apply techniques without understanding the theory of TCM. Registered Acupuncturists specialize in an approach to medicine that is different and our training is extensive in this particular field.

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