What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
What Is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to:
- Reduce chronic pain
- Reduce the risk of arthritis
- Relieve migraine headaches
- Prevent nausea and vomiting
- Manage anxiety
- Reduce insomnia
- Minimize heartburn and indigestion
Other potential physiological effects and health benefits of acupuncture include: increasing peripheral circulation, augmenting skin and muscle blood flow, decreasing heart rate and elevated blood pressure, regulating autonomous nervous system, normalizing gastro-intestinal motility, boosting immune function, and balancing reproductive hormones.
Naturopathic doctors are trained in acupuncture from a physiotherapy perspective, and do intramuscular stimulation in order to provide alleviation of symptoms while treating them from a different perspective than TCM.
Victoria Spaurel, RAc
Having graduated from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria BC in 2005. Her passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy and diagnostic theory is deeply rooted in long-developed holistic beliefs in true health and wellness.
As a well-known acupuncturist; Victoria instructed at the Pacific Rim College of Acupuncture in Victoria BC from 2009-2013 and is a 20 year veteran to complementary health care. In that time she has developed a keen ability to identify and effectively treat patterns of disharmony with regard to the health of her patients. She is well loved by patients in her family practice and respected by her colleagues.
Victoria began her career in the field of health as a British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association accredited Personal Trainer, and then went on to study Massage Therapy in 1995 where she was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture as a component of her course work. Victoria went on to practice Massage Therapy in her own clinic in Whitehorse, Yukon before deciding to study Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In clinic, Victoria has tremendous success assisting patients to reach their health goals. She uses a narrative approach to patient interviews, which helps build trust and enriches her understanding of the concerns at hand. Treatments are always designed and paced to suit her patients.
Victoria enjoys working closely with people of all ages and walks of life to create a realistic treatment plan for each individual. Victoria is a true healer who’s compassion and sensitivity builds instant trust while her diagnostic skills and ‘results oriented’ philosophy guarantee satisfaction for every budget.
In her spare time, Victoria loves spending time outdoors with her family, swimming, hanging out with friends or curled up on the couch reading or watching Netflix.