Book an appointment at our Nanaimo acupuncture clinic to experience the use of traditional Chinese methods for advanced health.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for thousands of years. It provides a holistic approach linking mind, body, emotions and spirit. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile and single-use acupuncture needles into specific points of the body.  During acupuncture therapy, the practitioner uses very gentle and specific motions of their hands or electrical stimulation of the needles to promote the flow of healing energy (called Qi, pronounced “chee”).

Qi is vital energy, constantly flowing through our bodies. An imbalance to the flow of Qi can lead to illness and pain. Influencing these specific points can help correct this flow to restore balance, wellness and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture is not only effective in alleviation of symptoms, but it also addresses the root cause of the symptoms. This helps promote a natural healing response.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been proven over the centuries to have a positive influence on the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Acupuncture treatment stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins (which are the body’s natural painkillers) and norepinephrine which helps to suppress nervous tissue inflammation. The art of Acupuncture is a great tool that can improve overall general health, reduce stress and compliment other existing treatment plans with other care providers (including physiotherapy and chiropractic care).

Benefits of Acupuncture

The many acupuncture points on the body are said to stimulate the central nervous system, which releases biochemicals throughout the rest of the body. The specific areas in need are particularly influenced by the healing energies of acupuncture. In this way, acupuncture can help to stimulate healing while also promoting total health of the body and mind.

Acupuncture has long since been recognized to treat several ailments and illnesses. National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture can effectively treat many conditions either alone or in conjunction with other conventional therapies such as physiotherapy and chiropractic care. At our Nanaimo acupuncture clinic, our fully qualified practitioners can help you heal from a wide range of ailments of the mind and body.

Use Acupuncture For:

Digestive health


Mental and emotional health

Acute and chronic pain


Gynaecological issues (menstrual cramps)

Reproductive health


Upper and lower back pain

Neck pain




Tension Headaches

Chemotherapy – induced nausea

Postoperative nausea

Dental pain and post dental operative pain

Myofascial pain





Tennis elbow and other sports injuries

Rehabilitation following stroke

Acupuncture – What to Expect at our Nanaimo Clinic

Initial Visit: 75 mins, one-on-one
Subsequent Visits: 60 mins, one-on-one

Your initial acupuncture treatment at Nanaimo’s Advanced Health & Sports Clinic will consist of a thorough intake consultation. We will ask a series of questions to review your health history, discuss current symptoms and determine a treatment plan. We will also use Chinese medicine diagnostic methods such as examination of the tongue, assessment of one’s pulse, and channel palpation to help discover any imbalances in the body.

Your acupuncture therapy may also include a variety of modalities including needling, gua sha, cupping, moxibustion, tui na (Chinese massage), diet therapy and lifestyle suggestions.

Note: If possible, wear loose and comfortable fitting clothing.

At our Nanaimo acupuncture clinic at Advanced Health and Sports Clinic, our licensed practitioners will develop acupuncture treatment plans perfectly tailored to your specific needs and health goals. Call or email our knowledgeable team today to book your first session of acupuncture at 203-5160 Dublin Way. Located just off Metral Drive, our Nanaimo acupuncture clinic also provides the highest quality research-based chiropractic, physiotherapy, athletic therapy care and more, to promote complete mind / body wellness.

Book your initial Acupuncture visit  today!