Treating our patients for many years, we know that your personal healing journey will be unique. Providing acupuncture & other natural treatments, our techniques blend from one to the other, depending on what will get you the results you need – our patients trust our expertise and experience to lead them on their healing journey.
We offer several types of treatment in our popular Kelowna clinic, the most common being Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the only Provincially Registered Medical activity in our clinic, and we practice four different styles.
There are many ways to explain how acupuncture works, likely the most important thing to know is, it does work! Different problems are solved using acupuncture in different ways:
In Asia, acupuncture moves Qi and Blood. The way I suggest that you think of Qi is to envision the energetic component to the air we breathe. If you can get more air (Qi) to an injured area in the body, you will generally get a more active immune response and that leads to positive results.
And a little extra trivia… there are hundreds of types of Qi, but the most commonly thought of type is the air Qi.
In the West, acupuncture has shown to improve circulation of blood. Improved blood circulation provides you a better healing response, with your own immune system.
A great example is depression (the most common referrals from a MD), acupuncture moves stagnation, both mentally and physically. Acupuncture treatment moves “stagnant Qi”; in this case Qi would loosely translate into the heavy depressed feelings you may have. Moving Qi lightens the spirits, and allows you to get perspective on why you are depressed.
Another good example would be the acupuncture treatment of a sore shoulder you may have, where acupuncture brings Qi and blood to the injury. Adjusting Qi (think nerve functions) will allow muscles to act properly again. More blood will bring more immune function to the site and speed your healing.
Our Acupuncture Treatments
- Japanese acupuncture is most commonly practiced type of acupuncture here in our Kelowna All Body Care clinic. Japan has been developing its acupuncture technique for over 500 years. There are likely hundreds of variations in Japan but overall it is a more encompassing system than the Chinese style… and it hurts a lot less.
Ward Willison’s teacher Elisabeth Pazdzierski has over 45 years of clinical experience. You can read a brief account of her in the book Radical Remission, by Dr. Kelly Turner.
- Chinese acupuncturists have practiced in China for two to three thousand years. Interestingly, “traditional” Chinese acupuncture was developed post 1949. Ward received Chinese Medicine training from Dr. Man Tak Chau M.D.M.A., D.Ac., with 50+ years of practice.
- Korean acupuncture has a style of treatment which just uses the hands. It also has a wide range of press-on materials that we use commonly with children, as there is no puncture at all. It works softer and slower – great for children (and the occasional worried adult!). Ward learned from Dr. Dan Lobash, Ph.D., L.Ac. Likely the most experienced westerner in the system.
- Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture is growing in leaps and bounds. It is an amazing system to revitalize the face and make a person look younger and feel great. We started using Facial Rejuvenation for its applications in temporomandibular disorders (TMJ) and migraines, but now we treat women with this method several times a week (it works on men too!). The results are amazing. To learn more, read about the Chi-Akra Center, where Ward obtained his training.