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China Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic - Dr. Simon Mai & Dr. Nancy Zhu

Traditional Chinese Medicine


Acupuncture (the insertion of very fine needles to promote the flow of energy within the body) is a balancing technique purported to restore the body to optimal health.

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues, blood flow and nervous pulses also follow meridians to run through the body to various parts, structures and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers are like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any obstruction and blockages or deficiencies of energy, blood and nervous pulses would eventually lead to disease.

Needling the acupuncture points can influence the meridians: the acupuncture needles unblock the obstruction at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

According to the needling methods, acupuncture can be divided into traditional acupuncture, ear acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and hand acupuncture etc. Over the last few decades, traditional acupuncture was widely used combining with other techniques, like moxi-needling, cup-needling etc, to increase the therapeutic effects.

Modern science explain the functions of acupuncture as following:
Needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones, which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

Acupuncture has been used by Chinese people for thousands of year, and it becomes more and more popular in the Western societies. Here is the BBC documentary film about the acupuncture.

About China Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic - Dr. Simon Mai & Dr. Nancy Zhu

Meet Our Team:
Dr. Simon S. Mai is an orthopaedic surgeon from China. He graduated from Zhongshan Medical School with a MD degree in 1983. When practicing Western medicine in the past, Dr. Mai incorporated acupuncture techniques; e.g. acupuncture anaesthesia was used during and after operations. He lived in England for seven years where he had a private acupuncture clinic and was a Clinical Research Fellow at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

In order to provide more effective treatments to his patients, Dr. Mai also completed a Physiotherapy Course in England. He moved to Canada in 1997 and set up China Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic in Port Coquitlam and in Burnaby, with his wife Nancy Zhu, M.D. He practises Eastern medicine incorporating Western therapeutic techniques since.

Qualifications: Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of TCM of British Columbia, Canada (Reg# GD99019)-Medical Doctor (China)-M.Sc. in Medical Sciences (Orthopaedic Surgery)-B.Sc. in Physiotherapy (England)-Member of Canadian-Sino Medical Association

Dr. Nancy Zhu is a physician from China and also a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. From 1982 to 1990 Dr. Zhu practised in government hospitals in China, combining her expertise in western medicine with TCM. For example, using acupuncture and her knowledge of herbs to help her patients to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. In 1991 Dr. Zhu moved to England with her husband where they set up an acupuncture and TCM clinic. Now she practices acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in our Port Coquitlam Office.Qualifications:-Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of TCM of British Columbia, Canada (Reg# GD99018)-Medical Doctor (China)-M.Sc. in Medical Sciences (Immunology and Infectious Diseases)-Member of Canadian-Sino Medical Association


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