Acupuncture and My Other Method

What is unique about The Chan Healing Centre, New Westminster / Vancouver Acupuncture and TCM services?

I combine Traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture and Energy / Spiritual Healing in my treatment session to achieve maximum benefit for my clients. While many clients originally come and see me for their shoulder pains and back spasm, they often have other problems like allergies, hormonal disorder, sleep issues, emotional issues, digestion issues, etc… Since allopathic medicine has convinced them there is nothing they can do about it, they just bear the suffering and letting this chronic illness drain their quality of life away.

With the holistic approach of alternative medicine, by educating them the three different cause of illness (physical, psychological, and spiritual) and applying the right strategy to each layer, I have helped many clients to recover from their chronic diseases. I have helped patient suffering from a neck/shoulder injury from an accident over 20 years to drastically improve in a relatively short period of time. I have also helped a girl that has severe menstrual cramp since menarche (first menses) to get complete relief in a short treatment course. (Visit my blog to see more of my case studies.)

Are you wondering if your illness can be benefit from my service? Click here to email me and find out.

What is the strength of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine provides an alternative medicine approach compare to conventional medicine. By understanding the imbalance in your body’s basic system and restoring it, we can treat diseases that allopathic medicine couldn’t label, mislabelled, or failed to treat.

For example, a lower back spasm that has no identifiable cause can still treated by the acupuncture channel (meridian) that can balance the ached area. Compare to masking the symptom using pain killer,

Traditional Chinese Medicine approach can correct the problem and introduce long lasting improvement without the side effect of pharmaceutical chemicals.

To learn more, feel free to get a copy of my latest ebook “Living a Happy Live in an Unhappy World” here. It covers some Traditional Chinese Medicine fundamental in a context of mental/emotional issue. .

If you have a specific question, I would love to answer it. Use the link here to email me and find out.

What is the strength of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture provides instant result in most of the imbalance. For example, clients with musculoskeletal issue (e.g. shoulder pain or back spasm) will feel noticeable improvement immediately after treatment. Also, acupuncture relaxes the nervous system and balances the hormones. This, a lot of time, is the key factor that makes the body to start healing old injuries.

If you are suffering in stress or physical pain and would like to try acupuncture, click here and setup an acupuncture appointment with me in either my Vancouver location or New Westminster location.

What is the strength of Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Compare to pharmaceutical drug of allopathic medicine, Chinese herbal medicine has minimal side effect and more suitable for long term use. As it is a treatment modality under the Traditional Chinese Medicine umbrella, it inherits the holistic approach allowing it to diagnosis differently compares to conventional medicine. By restoring the body`s underlying imbalance, it can treat/cure diseases when conventional medicine can only provide symptom management.

Compare to acupuncture (another popular treatment morality of Traditional Chinese Medicine), Chinese herbal medicine provides a regular and consistent treatment with a relatively low cost. Without the full support from the Medical Service Plan, it is fair to say not all Canadian can afford acupuncture. Chinese herbal medicine provides an alternative that is cheaper and more convenient.

To learn more, feel free to get a copy of my latest ebook “Living a Happy Live in an Unhappy World” here. It covers some Traditional Chinese Medicine fundamental in a context of mental/emotional issue.

If you have a specific question, I would love to answer it. Use the link here to email me and find out.

What is the strength of Energy/Spiritual Healing?

Energy healing allows us to tap into resources that we had ignored and that’s why energy healing often provide miracle like result. Spiritual healing re-align you to true happiness which is the prerequisite of balance and health.

Many people make the mistake of associating things that doesn’t make senses to things that is irrelevant. The level of relevance and your comfort level toward certain idea are two independent parameters.

Yes, of course, if one are not comfortable with an idea, chances are, one will not be able to practically manoeuvre it. And here is where people mistakenly associate the resource that he/she cannot use as a resource that nobody can use and neglect its value.

For example, majority of people live in a reality that time travels linearly forward. When you allow otherwise, you opened up new possibility to change the past at this moment. I have applied this technique to help people transform from past trauma that leads to current illness/symptom.

If you are suffering in a condition that you see no cure, I encourage you contact me (here) to find out if there is another angle where new possibility may be beneficial.

Other Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture specific FAQs

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a centuries-old therapy developed as a means to restore the natural balance of energy in the body to promote good health. By inserting fine, slender needles and applying heat or physical stimulation at very precise “acupoints”, the Acupuncturist is able to adjust the flow of the body’s vital energy (referred to as chi) within pathways known as “meridians and channels”. By adjusting the flow of energy to areas that have been either blocked or over-stimulated, Acupuncture helps your body heal itself.

How does Acupuncture work?

As a therapy with both ancient and modern applications there is a classical Chinese explanation for how it works and a modern scientific explanation.

The traditional explanation describes channels of energy that run through the body and also along the surface of the skin. These channels, known as meridians, flow like a river with many tributaries that spread out to bring energy to all parts of the body. When a blockage occurs in one of these meridians, it works like a dam to back up the flow of energy in one area while cutting off vital energy to others causing an imbalance. By placing needles at the Acupuncture points, the Acupuncturist is able to unblock obstructions and re-establish the flow of energy through the meridians which can also help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances.

The modern scientific explanation for why Acupuncture is a successful therapy is that the application of needles to the Acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals into the brain, spinal cord and muscles. The effect of these chemicals is to either change our experience of pain or activate the release of additional chemicals or hormones that influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved blood flow and biochemical balance that results from Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and restores equilibrium.

What can Acupuncture help with?

While it is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, Acupuncture has a broad range of applications in health care. Including:
•    As a treatment for various medical conditions
•    As a therapy to prevent future illness
•    As part of a regimen to promote overall health and well-being

The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of health concerns, including:
•    Muscular and neurological disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
•    Respiratory disorders: Sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
•    Digestive disorders: gastritis, and hyper-acidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea, colitis.
•    Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive concerns: bladder and kidney problems, menopause, PMS, infertility.

Whether it is the only treatment being used or it is being used in combination with other complementary therapies, Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for many medical and surgical disorders. Acupuncture is also particularly useful in resolving physical problems that are related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.

As a licensed practitioner of Acupuncture, Gary Chan treats most of the conditions listed above as well as many other health concerns. In addition to the use of Acupuncture, he is also graduated as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This enables him to provide herbs and offer specific diet and lifestyle recommendations to significantly improve a variety of conditions and provide a holistic approach to your health care.

What are the Acupuncture needles like?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. In contrast to hypodermic needles which are hollow with sharp edges, the point of an Acupuncture needle is smooth and therefore insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or the taking of blood samples. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is also much less than when using a hollow needle. In addition, because only disposable needles are used, there is no risk of infection from Acupuncture treatments.

Will Acupuncture treatment hurt?

People experience Acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only a pinch as the needles are inserted and some people feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required to restore balance differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, and for health maintenance, one session a month may be all that is necessary. During your initial consultation, a recommended treatment schedule will be provided based on your individual needs.

Are there any side effects from Acupuncture therapy?

Although it is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment, most patients experience no unpleasant or ongoing side effects from Acupuncture.

As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms that were being treated will appear to worsen for a few days or you may experience general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state. These should not cause concern as they are indications that your body is making adjustments and the Acupuncture is starting to work.

What is Auricular Acupuncture?

Auricular Acupuncture is a therapy that focuses on the ear which contains a complete map of the body and allows for convenient point location and the effective treatment of a number of disorders.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy which dates back to the fourth century herbalist Ge Hong.  Traditionally round glass cups are warmed with a flame then quickly placed on the skin to create a vacuum which pulls the skin upward on the inside of the glass. This gets both the Chi and blood in the area moving to relieve congestion and improve circulation. Depending on the condition, cups can be left on for anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Another common technique used is sliding cupping. In this instance, rather than using heat, oil is applied to the skin and then a cup is slowly moved up and down along the affected area or meridian (the oil helps to create a vacuum on the surface of the skin). The massaging effect of cupping has a number of positive effects: allowing tissues to release toxins; activating the lymphatic system; clearing colon blockages; stimulating flow in the veins, arteries and capillaries; and activating circulation in the skin to improve the appearance of scars and blemishes. Cupping is also known to provide a very good deep tissue massage.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy using moxa (mugwort). The herb is rolled up tightly in paper to form a long cigar-like stick that is burned to warm regions of the body and selected acupuncture points. Moxa stimulates circulation through the points by activating both Chi and blood flow. Moxibustion therapy, in conjunction with acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of many conditions including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, and female health concerns such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods and infertility.

What is Reiki?

The word Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese term for universal life-force energy. The practice of Reiki is a light-touch, energy
based therapy that originated in Japan in 1922 whose purpose is to re-establish the normal energy flow of chi (the life-force energy)
throughout the system, which in turn can enhance and accelerate the body’s natural healing abilities. Through a series of hand positions
either directly on or just above the body, the therapist or “energy worker” allows for the flow of energy through their own body so that
the client’s body may draw off from that the amount of energy that is required to restore balance.

Many individuals report feeling cold, pulsating heat, or a tingling sensation during a Reiki session and most enter into a calm, relaxed
state. Although Reiki is experienced differently by each person, many patients with chronic pain, allergies and other persistent ailments
report that their symptoms are diminished or disappear altogether as a result of the therapy. Reiki works in conjunction with other medical
or therapeutic techniques to promote wellbeing.

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is one of the great herbal systems of the world with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd Century B.C. Throughout its history, CHM has continually developed in response to changing conditions and been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.

CHM is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs for three reasons. Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause unwanted side effects. Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formula balance each other and work together to increase the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Thirdly, herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, an approach that supports the body’s self healing abilities.

In China today, CHM it is not considered to be an alternative form of therapy, but is used in state hospitals alongside other medical treatments. Although CHM is a complete medical system that is capable of treating disease in all of its forms, the traditional view of CHM places great importance on enhancing wellness and preventing disease before it occurs.

Are Chinese Herbs Safe?

Chinese Herbal Medicine has been used as a frontline medicine by the majority of the world’s population since before recorded history and is still the most widely utilised medical system in the world today. Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are extremely rare and are negligible when compared to those that can be produced by pharmaceutical drugs.

What can I expect from my first appointment?

Your first appointment will include a full diagnosis including tongue and pulse assessment. Afterwards, we will discuss any questions you have and then proceed with a treatment lasting between 20-45 minutes. Because the consultation and diagnosis process is an important part of Acupuncture treatment, you can expect your first appointment to last between 1-1.5 hours. For your comfort, it is recommended that you have a small meal before having an acupuncture treatment, wear loose comfortable clothing and drink plenty of water for the rest of the day to help rid your body of toxins released during the therapy.

Is Acupuncture covered by my health insurance plan?

Many extended health plans provide some kind of coverage for Acupuncture treatments and we advise that you check with your insurance provider for details of your coverage. In British Columbia, Acupuncture is included under MSP for those who have an annual income of less than $28,000 (MSP will provide $23.00 per visit for a total of 10 visits per year).