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Acupuncture Canada The Natural Health Domain

Forward Chinese Medicine is an exciting and rapidly growing health discipline. Although it is relatively new to the West, it is, in fact, thousands of years old, and due to its efficacy, it will be around for thousands more. It is exciting to see its emergence in cities small and large across the country, and to be in the midst of it all. As a profession in B.C., and all across Canada, Chinese Medicine has a very strong foothold that is continually growing stronger. We are now recognized by the Ministry of Health and we are self-regulating. Also, many extended health care plans now cover acupuncture, and both I.C.B.C. and W.C.B. accept acupuncture claims. These are all signs of growth that indicate continual wider acceptance by the public and private sectors.

One of the wonderful things about Chinese Medicine is that its focus is on health rather than on disease. Therefore, ideally it is used to preserve health and to prevent disease. This is a simple idea, but one that is very different from the focus of Western Medicine that most of us have grown up with. Most people who enter our clinics do have a disease or concern that has brought them to us, but our focus is still on their health and bringing them back to this state, as well as educating people on how to stay that way.

In the past in China, and indeed in many small villages still, the focus on health was very apparent. In these places, Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine were not paid when anyone in their village was ill. Their job was to keep everyone healthy and it was only in so doing that they would make their living. This model would be impossible to apply here in the West, but it is a wonderful illustration of the beauty of Chinese Medicine at its best.

MISSION AND OBJECTIVES Our goal at the West Coast Institute of Oriental Medicine is to provide quality education and training in the discipline of acupuncture and traditional Chinese diagnosis. Upon completion of the program, each graduate will have the skills necessary to write all licensing examinations and will be ready to begin their careers as T.C.M. acupuncturists.


  1. To provide a two and a half year diploma program in T.C.M. based acupuncture.
  2. To provide a strong foundation in the traditional art that is Chinese Medicine.
  3. To meet and surpass all guidelines set by the governing body of acupuncture.
  4. To instill a strong business sense in each student.
  5. To maintain small class sizes in order to better facilitate learning.
  6. To provide students with clinical experience and the public with these services.
  7. To help each student to set up a clinical internship.


The West Coast Institute of Oriental Medicine is located in Nanaimo, B.C.. Nanaimo is located in central Vancouver Island with easy accessibility to Vancouver, Victoria, the Sunshine Coast and the Pacific Rim. Our surroundings include the ocean, the gulf islands as well as mountains and lakes. If you enjoy the outdoors, there is ample opportunity for kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing amongst others. It offers affordable living in comparison to the expenses of big city living. Along with the academic focus, the West Coast Institute of Oriental Medicine is proud to provide the experience of West Coast living.

The college itself is located within walking distance of downtown Nanaimo and is one block off of the water. The clinic has been in this location for three years and is continually expanding its services.

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Making The Technology And Information Work For You

Recent research has focused on the effects of being constantly “plugged in” to electronic media, email, phones and other sources of information and communications. This New York Times article is food for thought as you reflect on the effects of the never-ending flow of information and stimulation to which we subject ourselves.

The reality is the pace and volume of information is only going to increase. The gadgets used to access news and communications are only going to get slicker, more convenient and more habit-forming, addictive even. Cultural perspectives and news coverage tends to focus on the negative aspects of our at-the-tip-of-your-fingers, instant access, constant contact world.

Often we hear about the distancing and lack of empathy that may develop among people as they often interact remotely and not in-person. Or we see illustrations of individuals who feel they need more hours in the day to look at more screens. However, with a broader lens, the fact that we receive news from around the world instantly, are able to drop a text when we are running late or can Skype with the kiddos over dinner while 2,000 miles away is truly a marvel and a gift.

The challenge doesn’t lie with the technology itself, but, in fact, with how we each choose to integrate it into our lives.

While the research can certainly shed light on our experience, the most important perspective is your own. Examine your own use of gadgets and consumption of media. Some questions for consideration:

Does your use and consumption of media contribute to you feeling informed about the world or overwhelmed?

How much time do you choose to spend in front of a screen? Is that amount of time satisfactory or disruptive?

Do you have a purpose when accessing information or connections or do you have a habit of surfing or browsing?

How often have you experienced a feeling of “wasting time” and neglecting other priorities while in front of a screen?

Have others in your orbit felt distracted by your screen time or phone time?

How has your productivity been affected by the use of gadgets or consumption of information?

The most constructive and productive integration of electronic tools and consumption of information into your day-to-day experience is purposeful and mindful. Only you can decide what amount of time and nature of use helps you feel in balance. The balance that works for you depends on what you do professionally or how online your day-to-day life is. Totaling up hours is not the key. The key is examining if you and those friends and family in your orbit are satisfied with how you currently integrate the gadgets and information into the ebb and flow of life. Find out more about Chicago Life Coach and get help today for yourself or your loved ones.

Purposeful, mindful use and consumption promotes productivity, connectedness and balance. Overuse of screens and gadgets, mindless habits or indiscriminate consumption of any and all information creates a mental hamster wheel that serves no one well. Consider these strategies for promoting healthy, mindful integration:

Limit mindless surfing and browsing.

Choose quality sources of news and information.

Set clear, healthy, safe guidelines for use of technology, such as no gadgets at meals and put them aside while driving.

Prioritize in-person connections when you can.

Have as much completely unplugged time everyday as you can and spend it in ways that feed your soul.

Focusing on the beauties and gifts our technological connections and conveniences give us while also being purposeful, mindful users and consumers can create quality integration and a balance that serves each of us well.

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