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Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we have at Kim’s Pain Relief Acupuncture Clinic. We hope that you find this page useful. If you don't find the answers to your questions here, please contact our clinic and speak to a live representative that can answer your questions or schedule a consultation today.


1. How can you help me?

We can help you release your physical and emotional troubles by focusing on the use of acupuncture, massage (tui-na), cupping, ear acupuncture, electrical acupuncture, trigger point, moxibustion, etc. For some people who fear acupuncture needles, we may use acupressure, intramuscular stimulation technique, cupping, etc. for instant pain relief treatment.


2. Acupuncture – is it painful?

Not really. The acupuncture needle is not the same as the one used in hospitals to take blood samples or for infusion.

Acupuncture needles are very thin, non-hollow and of single-use. It is sterilized, and many of our patients feel nothing or slight tingling..


3. But… I still fear the needle.

We completely understand your feeling. To fear a needle is not your fault. Some people naturally fear sharp materials, such as needles, knives, pins, etc. In this case, the treatment utilizes traditional acupuncture points but with innovative modern technology. Our Registered Acupuncturist is highly trained in this field, and you will soon realize that acupuncture does not have to be painful.


4. How often do I need the acupuncture treatment?

It depends on the kind of disease and its severity. Typically, the first couple of weeks tend to be a little more intense, so for the best healing results, 2-3 visits per week are highly recommended for the first two weeks. Then, the treatment frequency can go down to 1-2 visits per week with longer intervals after that.


5. How many sessions do we need to see if acupuncture works or not?

Depending on the severity and duration of the diseases, every individual experiences them differently. However, most of our clients receive instant pain relief on the first treatment. If not the first day, the patients usually feel  great relief from pain by the third treatment..


6. What kind of clinical conditions are in your clinic that you may have higher effective rate?

For this, please refer to our "Specialties" page.


7. How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture stimulates the acupuncture points on the body, so to balance or adjust the body function. The functional balancing or adjusting is done and completed by the body mechanism, not by the acupuncture needle itself. It stimulates the body’s functional maintenance mechanism by using needles, just as the massage and reflexology do the same thing by using the practitioner's finger.


To summarize its treatment mechanisms with Western bio-chemistry terminology,


  • Acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins.
  • Acupuncture affects the release of neurotransmitters, which are the substances that transmit nerve impulses to your brain.
  • Acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system.
  • Acupuncture stimulates circulation.


8. Is acupuncture covered under British Columbia health insurance?

Acupuncture treatment has just been included as a supplementary benefit for Medical Service Plan (MSP) premium assistance recipients with a combined family income of $28,000 or below. It may also be covered under your extended health coverage plan, including ICBC, WCB and Veteran's Insurance.


Most people have acupuncture covered under their health insurance plan with other insurance companies, such as Blue Cross, Sunlife, Great-West Life, etc. You need to check with your human resource department or ask your manager which insurance company your current company is associated with. Depending on the insurance plans, you may be covered for $500 or $1200 per year for acupuncture treatment. Take the benefit to solve your health problem rather than wait for a treatment later. It may take more efforts to solve your problem later, and you have to suffer from it for too long time. Your insurance company should be happier because you could solve your health problem earlier with fewer costs than cost them lots later if you indeed have a health problem and you eventually need acupuncture treatment. We know that many people waste their benefits every year.


9. Do you need a doctor’s referral to have acupuncture?

No, we don’t need any referral. You simply pick up the phone to make an appointment and come to have the acupuncture treatment.


10. How long does it take for each acupuncture treatment?

Usually, it needs about 45 minutes to one hour. For the first time, it may take a little bit longer since we need time for consulting, which takes about 10 to 20 minutes.

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