Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Common cold
- Dental pain
- Digestive trouble
- Emotional problems
- Eye problems
- Facial palsy
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low back pain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Morning sickness
- Reproductive problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Shoulder pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Smoking cessation
- Sore throat
- Tennis elbow
- Tooth pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Urinary tract infections
- Wrist pain
In British Columbia, Canada, a person must be registered with the College in order to practice traditional Chinese medicine and use the following reserved titles:
- Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM) A registrant authorized to practise acupuncture, and prescribe, compound or dispense Chinese herbal medicine. This registrant has met training/examination requirements at a higher level than registrants with the other titles.
- Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCM.P.) A registrant authorized to practise acupuncture, and prescribe, compound or dispense Chinese herbal medicine.
- Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) A registrant authorized to practise acupuncture.
- Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (R.TCM.H.) A registrant authorized to prescribe, compound or dispense Chinese herbal medicine.
- Student Registrant A registrant authorized to provide services while under the general supervision of a full registrant.
For more information, please visit www.ctcma.bc.ca
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded. In British Columbia, all registered Chinese Medicine practitioners under CTCMA are all covered by mandatory malpractice insurance.
Insurance coverage may be included in your extended care plan. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:
- Will my plan cover acupuncture?
- How many visits per calendar year?
- Do I need a referral?
- Do I have a co-pay?
- Do I have a deductible?
- If yes, has it been met?
We can also handle direct billing to those coverage plans for VAC and RCMP.