Smile Thai Wellness, 235 Robson St, 604.630.3808

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The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia is the regulatory body for traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists in British Columbia.

The following ailments and conditions generally respond well to acupuncture:
Acute muscle strains, joint sprains
Acute & chronic neck & back pain
Irregular menstruation, painful menstruation
Constipation & diarrhea
Post-stroke paralysis
Addictions - overeating, smoking & drug dependence
Cancellation: We request a minimum of 24 hours notice if you are unable to keep your appointment. No shows or appointments cancelled within 24 hours will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

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Acupuncture Consultation & Treatment
75min   $130
On your first visit we'll review your full medical history, discuss your symptoms in detail, make our diagnosis according to the principles of oriental medicine to create a treatment strategy that is uniquely for you. You'll also receive a relaxing acupuncture treatment during the same visit.
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Acupuncture Treatment
60min   $110
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.
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Combination Acupressure & Acupuncture
60min   $110
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force to aid healing.
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Cupping Therapy
60min   $110
Cupping is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for certain health conditions. Glass cups are placed on the skin with suction, which influence the flow of energy and blood in the body.
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Acupressure Treatment
60min   $110    
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Herbal Treatment
Prices are dependent on the herb prescribed
Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Your practitioner will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before providing treatment.
Common Questions
1) Does acupuncture hurt?

If you've never had acupuncture this is an obvious question to ask. However acupuncture needles are extremely fine and usually you will just feel a sensation like a mosquito bite as the needle is inserted. The sensation does vary depending on where the needles are inserted but very few people say acupuncture hurts.

2) What are the needles like?

Only sterile, disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. We use a needle once, then dispose of it.

Acupuncture needles are small and hair-thin. They are solid, not hollow like needles used by doctors. The end of an acupuncture needle is smooth and rounded. Acupuncture needles are not designed to cut the skin. Instead, when an acupuncture needle is inserted, the round edge pushes the tissue aside without cutting it. Acupuncture needles are so thin it's as if they can glide through the spaces between the individual cells of the body.

3) How often will I need acupuncture?

Usually acupuncturists advise 1-3 treatments a week. To enhance acupuncture treatments many acupuncturists also prescribe Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbal medicine is available in many forms, like pill, tablet, granule and powder, making it easy and convenient to take.

4) How quickly can I expect to feel better?

In general, patients should start to feel the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments.

Overall treatment time is dependent on many factors such as the nature and severity of your complaint, how long you've had it, your age, your general health, your lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will best be able to tell you how many treatments you need after they have diagnosed your particular problem.

5) Do I have to believe in it for it to work?

No. Acupuncture works whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is even used successfully on animals and children. They do not understand or believe in the process yet they get better anyway. A positive attitude helps with any type of therapy but it is not necessary to believe in acupuncture (or to feel it working) for it to work.

6) What should I wear for the treatment?

Just wear loose fitting clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees.

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235 Robson St
Vancouver (map)