Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

In existence for over 4000 years, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are some of the oldest forms of medicine. While its principles are rooted in ancient theory and practice, the fundamental basis of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine comes down to basic scientific principles and the methods of Chinese medicine are becoming more popular within Western medical practices.

Based on the theory of Yin Yang, the goal of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is to regulate the Qi and blood flow through the body and internal organs via pathways called meridians. Emotional stress, trauma or poor diet can impair Qi and blood flow throughout the body, causing blockages, which can result in pain and the symptoms of disease. Using the corrective tools of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, your practitioner will assist you in restoring proper circulation of Qi and blood in your body, helping to restore you to a healthy state.

Lani Stokes, Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist has had extensive training in the use of the following methods of treatment used in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which include:

• Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine (0.14mm – 0.25mm thick) single use needles into acupoints located along meridian lines of the body.
• The WHO recommends Acupuncture as an effective, safe and risk free method of relieving acute and chronic pain, headaches, digestive complaints, menstrual disorders, anxiety and depression.
• Clinical trials have shown that Acupuncture is highly effective in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, due to its ability to raise endorphin levels and calm the nervous system’s pain response.
• Acupuncture is a relaxing and relatively painless treatment method. Many patients fall asleep or find a deep state of relaxation during treatments.

Some common aliments successfully treated with Acupuncture include:

• Arthritis
• Athletic injuries
• Acute/Chronic pain
• Insomnia and anxiety
• Skin disorders
• Back pain
• Menstrual disorders
• Sciatica
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Neck pain
• Tendonitis
• Joint pain
• Digestive Disorders
• Common Colds & Influenza

Chinese Herbal Medicine:
• Chinese herbs have been safely used to assist with improving the immune system and combatting disease for thousands of years. At The Core, we use patented and customized granule and raw herbal formulas.
• Raw herbal formulas are sourced from organic, wildcrafted sources when possible. Powdered herbs also undergo rigorous chemical analysis and tox-screening.
• Chinese herbs are safe, natural, effective and non addictive way of treating both internal and external diseases.
• Chinese herbs are prescribed on an individual basis, working to eliminate excess pathogens in your body and providing nourishment for those that are weak or deficient.

Some common ailments that Chinese herbs can assist with:
• Bloating
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Common Cold
• Insomnia
• Rashes
• Headaches
• Anxiety/Depression
• Ear/Ear/Nose Throat problems
• Menstrual pain or irregularities
• Menopausal symptoms


• Moxabustion, or “moxa” as it is commonly referred to, is the burning of dried and compressed “mugwort.” The herb is compressed into sticks (like a cigar) which are then lit until a hot ember is seen. The stick is then moved over the body at a distance of 1-2 inches, so that only the radiant heat is felt.
• Moxa functions to increase circulation and reduce stagnation of Qi and blood
• It may be used to alleviate muscle pain, digestive disorders, or boost the immune system. It is commonly used to assist in turning a breech presentation fetus.
• Moxa is a very relaxing and non invasive method of treatment and may be used in conjunction with Acupuncture or Chinese herbs.

• Cupping or myofascial cupping as it is becoming known, is a Traditional Chinese Medical therapy. Glass or plastic suction cups are placed on areas of tension or pain to increase blood circulation, thus improving removal of metabolic wastes. It then functions to help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and clear excess heat (toxins) in the body.
• Cupping can also be used to assist in the relief of common colds, headaches & fevers.
• Cupping is a safe, effective and pain free therapy that is often combined with Acupuncture or Chinese Herbs for enhanced effects.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are great tools to assist in reducing your symptoms and improving your recovery time without harmful side effects. At The Core Centre of Health you can be assured that your Chinese medicine practitioner has completed substantial training (over 5000 hours) in Traditional Chinese Medicine theories, as well as being board certified by the College of Acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of British Columbia (CTCMA).

We look forward to meeting you at The Core Centre of Health!

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