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What is Acupuncture?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the human body consists of approximately 365 acupuncture points on the human body that connects with 12 meridians.  These meridians create an energy flow and conduct energy or Qi (pronounced chee) between the surface of the body and internal organs, and is responsible for overall health.


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice of removing blockages in the body’s energy system by inserting hair thin needles into specific acupuncture points to enhance the flow of Qi.  Releasing these blockages allows energy and blood to circulate smoothly and in harmony throughout the body.  This allows the body to heal itself naturally without hindering the body’s natural processes.


Traditional Chinese Medicine practices that we offer include:

  • Acupuncture – Balance Systems, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

  • Diet & Lifestyle advise

  • Essential Oils

  • Moxibustion

  • Cupping

  • Gua Sha

  • Exercises


The above treatments are intended to improve the flow of Qi.  When you are healthy, Qi flows smoothly and the body is balanced.


Does it hurt?

The acupuncture needles are very thin, 10 to 15 acupuncture needles can be placed in one hypodermic (injection) needle.  The sensation that is expected from acupuncture is not painful (not like a hypodermic needle injection).


The sensation that is felt is called “De Qi” and it can include:

  • Numbness

  • Aching

  • Tingling

  • Warmth

  • Distention

  • Heaviness or lightness


The sensation can be local or it may radiate.  Many people find acupuncture is very relaxing and most patients fall asleep during treatment.


Acupuncture Benefits:


Acupuncture is effective in treating a wide range of complaints and ailments including but not limited to:


  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress and neurological issues

  • Injuries and pain management, low back pain, musculo-skeletal disorders

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis, postoperative pain, dental pain

  • Muscle irregularities including soreness, tightness and aching

  • Menstrual, fertility and pregnancy conditions

  • Insomnia

  • Nausea & Vomiting, gastroenterology

  • Immunity conditions

  • Allergies & Asthma

  • Digestive problems

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Gynecological issues, menses, menopause symptoms


** TCM can also be used to maintain optimal health in the absence of illness.


How long is the treatment?

The frequency for treatment is dependent on a number of factors including health history, age, severity of concerns and how your body responds to the first 1-3 treatments.  The response to Acupuncture varies greatly from one another. Receiving acupuncture is an accumulative process that is closely dependent on treatment frequency as well as lifestyle, stress levels, relationships, diet, exercise, sleep and hormones etc.


Things to know when choosing an Acupuncturist

The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) regulates the practice of TCM and Acupuncture in the province, and operates under the Health Professional Act. A valid registration (professional license) is issued by the CTCMA and is required in order to practice TCM and Acupuncture in BC. All practitioners are required to complete an acupuncture safety course, which includes clean needle technique (including disposable sterile needles) and acupoint safety. Professional acupuncturists are designated by the title “Registered Acupuncturist” and professional Chinese herbalists are designated by the title “Registered TCM Practitioner” or “Registered Herbalist”.


Today, as acupuncture continues to be more popular, more medical practitioners are studying acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and employing it in their practice. However, the amount of training in both theory and practice can vary. Some examples are MD’s and Physiotherapists trained in IMS (50hours) or under the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (285 hours) and Naturopathic physicians trained in basic TCM within their ND schooling (250 hours).


A Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) has 3 years (1,900 hours) of in-depth training in TCM medical theory, diagnosis, acupuncture point location and needling techniques. Registered TCM Practitioners (R.TCM.P.) have additional training with over 2,600 hours and Doctors of TCM (Dr.TCM) have even further training with over 3,250 hours of education and clinical training.


By seeing a CTCMA Registered professional, you can be assured that they have the most comprehensive training of any medical profession and will be able to offer you and effective and holistic treatment plan.



Did you know that our style of Acupuncture is different than many other practitioners? 

It is called Balance System Acupuncture, an evolution of Balance Method, and involves relieving pain and restoring health by using points away from the “sick” area. This enables us to avoid aggravating an area further. Balance System Acupuncture is known for promoting highly efficient and effective results of healing. Feel better sooner!


All Practitioners at Techniks are Registered professionals with the CTCMA


What does Oprah and Dr. Oz have to say about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture & Alternative Healing Pricing

Services provided by Lisa Curtiss


TCM Initial Consult & Assessment, no acupuncture

  • Comprehensive Medical History, discussions of chief complaint and reason for service.

  • Developing individualized Treatment Protocol for wellness body/mind and spirit


30 minutes $50 (new patients)


Acupuncture Follow-up Treatment

  • Full body balancing, addressing chronic or acute issues, managing pain, anxiety/stress, immune boosting, nutrition/digestion, rejuvenation.


Treatment 60 minutes $100


Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Follow-up Treatment

  • Full body Acupuncture addressing chief complaint

  • Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

  • Facial Cupping & Gua Sha

  • Aculift Derma Roller

  • Application of TCM herbal serum (vegan & organic); hyaluronic acid serum, collagen, vitamin C, argon oil, Phyto-cannabinoid hemp oil, arnica montana flower extract


Treatment 2 hrs $275


Special Facial Package Pricing:

  • Waive $50 Consult & Assessment for Acupuncture/Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Treatment (savings $50)

  • Waive $50 Consult & Assessment fee + Acupuncture Package 6 Tx $570 (savings $80)

  • Waive Consult & Assessment fee + Facial Package 6 Tx $1590 (savings $110)

  • Waive Consult & Assessment + Facial Package 12 Tx $3000 (savings $350)


New to Acupuncture?  No problem, I will give you 1-3 treatments if you would like to have the package pricing.


** For Limited time only**



Treatment 60 minute


Acupuncture Session
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