Acupuncture Victoria

Acupuncture Victoria BC

Acupuncture uses a traditional method of moving the energy within the body to create an internal sense of harmony and well being. This method has been perfected within China and has heavily influenced many other systems of medicine throughout the ages. Through the use of inserting acupuncture needles, moxibustion, gua sha massage, and cupping therapy, excesses and deficiencies within our systems are addressed, pulling on our bodies ability to heal itself and sustain life.

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Other Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments
Victoria BC

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Chinese Cupping

Chinese Cupping therapy is an ancient form of deep-tissue massage using suction to treat pain and inflammation and assist with blood flow, relaxation, and well-being.

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Gua Sha

This specialized treatment is used in traditional East Asian medicine to treat muscle pain and tension and to improve blood circulation.

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Used to prevent diseases and maintain good health. These treatments help strengthen the organs and immune system warming the meridians of the body and expelling cold.

Acupuncture Pricing

Single Treatments

Choose from one of our single treatment options below. If this is your first time at our clinic, please select the initial consultation when booking your appointment.

  • Acupuncture Initial Consultation
  • Acupuncture 60 minutes
  • Acupuncture with herbal medicine

*Herbs sold separately

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Meet our practitioners

Katyanna Ryan

Katyanna studied acupuncture and herbal medicine at Pacific Rim College, earning her diploma in 2017. The lens of Taoism has changed the way she looks at the world and she finds it fascinating to see disharmony displayed in such a dynamic map.

She is passionate about working with musculoskeletal injuries as well as sleep issues, stress, and digestive issues.

She uses her 15-year career in movement practices as a way of connecting deeper in understanding the root of disharmony through remapping how we move.

Mariko first approached Chinese Medicine with a passion for learning and a deep curiosity of energetics. Since then, she has been intrigued, moved and shaped by the profound wisdom of Eastern philosophy and is continually fascinated by its application to human physiology. She enjoys finding connections within clients’ stories which can help them create more ease in their lives.

Mariko earned a diploma of Acupuncture in 2015 and has been practicing as an Acupuncturist since 2016. During her practice, she furthered her studies to earn a Doctor of Chinese Medicine diploma in 2018 and is now registered as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a technique developed in China 2,500 years ago and has seen many changes as the practices have been passed down through family and lineage. It is based on the idea that the flow of energy in the body favours particular directions and different movement patterns that bring about overall health and harmony.

You can imagine many rivers that move throughout the landscape of your body. All these rivers are connected and rely on one another to supply and move substance throughout the body in a symbiotic nature. They work together. What is contained inside of these rivers, called meridians, is a life force that is referred to as “qi.” The meridians are the pathways and the qi is the substance contained inside.

When we experience illness, discomfort, and pain; this is seen as a sign that the qi is not moving correctly. Qi can be blocked, or deficient, or it can be running in excess in a particular meridian. It can even move in the wrong direction. Blocked channels can express as pain, and keep one meridian from nourishing another. Deficient channels have a similar effect, but you also may feel lethargic and exhausted. Excessive channels may carry things recklessly through the body and lead to deficiency.

This is where acupuncture comes in. These tiny filiform needles are placed in particular points throughout the body. These points influence the qi to move, nourish, and release. It is a way of reminding the body of its own healing potential. You can think of it as placing flags throughout the body and saying, “hey, take a look over here!” Recent research suggests that the body’s communication systems are activated with the insertion of the needles to stimulate nerves, muscles, connective tissue, and the immune system.


What kind of Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat?

Many people seek acupuncture for pain relief, but it can be used to treat so many other conditions. Acupuncture really shines in treating reproductive issues, migraines, insomnia, musculoskeletal conditions, as well as anxiety and depression.

This medicine seeks to harmonize the deeper currents in our body that help to sustain us. Acupuncture can be used to rebalance a range of conditions.


How many treatments will I need?

It is important to talk to your practitioner about your treatment plan. More acute phases of illness and discomfort may clear very quickly in only a few treatments. Some longer standing disharmonies may require more aggressive treatment such as 1-2 times aweek for a period of time before the qi can move freely. Each condition is unique, and the longer a patient has had a condition, the longer the treatment plan.


Does it hurt?

The insertion of needles in the body can seem like a strange way of seeking health at first glance , but acupuncture can be a deeply relaxing experience that causes very little discomfort, if any. If it is your first time, your acupuncturists can be really sensitive about choosing points that have less sensation and easing you into the process. Our patients look forward to their visits and the amazing results they see through treatment.


Are there any side effects?

The most common side effect of acupuncture is bruising. In fact, some treatments like fire cupping create bruising in order to mount an immune response to a certain stagnant area of your body. The bruising will normally subside in 3-5 days.

Some points may release a small amount of blood and be a bit sore the next day. Many forms of orthopaedic needling done for musculoskeletal pain, can make your muscles feel quite sore the next day. This is all part of the healing process.


What should I do after treatment?

After receiving acupuncture, make sure to drink plenty of water. This will facilitate the movement of qi in the body and create a more lubricated pathway. Try to take it easy so you can allow the energy in your body to settle and flow with the energetic tune up you received. Your practitioner will give you guidelines that are unique to you after you finish so you can be sure you’re helping the treatment along after you leave the clinic.


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