what is acupuncture good for?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide the same breadth of care as your family doctor. In fact, allopathic medicine and TCM complement each other extremely well! Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of health conditions, including and not limited to:

digestive problems (IBS, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, acid reflux, vomiting, Crohn's disease), eye diseases (cataracts, blurry vision, floaters), mental health (depression, insomnia, nervousness, anger, panic attacks, lack of motivation), gynecology (painful periods, infertility, menopause, pregnancy support, delivery support, irregular periods), respiratory (allergies, sinusitis, asthma, common cold, cough), and more (addiction support, immune boosting, cancer support, chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, chronic pain, eczema...)!

Why offer a sliding scale?

Our sliding scale rates are available to all clients with no questions asked and no income verification required. Clients are encouraged to choose a payment amount that is affordable so that they can receive treatment as often as necessary to complete their treatment protocols and stay healthy.

For example, if funds will be low because you just paid rent or require frequent treatment, choose from the lower end of the scale. If you have extended health coverage and you value our services, you are welcome to choose from the higher end of the scale.

We believe that healthcare needs to be accessible to all and our current medical system can not always provide adequate care. We do our best to help fill the gaps by providing a system that allows clients to choose what works best for them while juggling their budget in a high-cost society.

We strive to maintain a balance between accessibility to our services and meeting our bottom line as hardworking practitioners in a regulated profession with considerable overhead costs.

What styles of acupuncture do you do?

Mareena can provide acupuncture according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Five Elements (5E), Dr.Tang balancing methods, Dr. Tung, and Japanese Pediatric acupuncture (Shonishin). She is trained in both private (one-on-one) and community-style acupuncture.

What is community acupuncture?

Please read the wonderful FAQ section written by Heart & Hands Health Collective.

what is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

A cosmetic acupuncture series for either the face or neck provides a safe and healthy option for looking and feeling younger. TCM is true anti-aging medicine with benefits including softer, firmer skin, reduction of deeper wrinkles, possible elimination of fine wrinkles, and improvement in jowls and neck. The results* can range from subtle to dramatic, and we screen all patients carefully for contraindications.



Medical Service Plan (MSP) reimburses $23 per treatment for those receiving premium assistances up to a combined annual limit of 10 visits (including chiropractor, naturopath, physical therapy) per calendar year.

WorkSafe BC can reimburse either part or all of your treatment fee for a fixed series of treatments. Coverage must be pre-approved by a WorkSafe BC case manager and financial officer.

Most private extended health care companies cover some or all of acupuncture costs. Please contact your insurer to discuss your coverage.

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