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Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Asian medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.

Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM), sometimes also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) comprises medical acupuncture, botanical medicine, lifestyle counselling, massage, diet and exercise, with its own system of diagnosis. This profession, founded in China over 2,500 years ago, is now regulated and practiced around the world: in Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, UK. The World Health Organisation classifies TOM as a major complement and alternative to conventional medicine.  Click here to read about studies on acupuncture, and diseases and conditions that can be treated with acupuncture (WHO 1996).

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What to expect with acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments last from 30 to 60 minutes and may occur once or twice a week depending on an individual’s symptoms. Acupuncture helps cancer patients cope with nausea and pain, and supports the body’s immune system. Most patients find that treatments are relaxing and revitalising. Often, they are not even aware that needles have been inserted. Immediate relief of symptoms often occurs and many of our patients find a reduction in side effects of conventional treatments.

Dong Giao TRAN, R.TCMP, R.Ac.

Acupuncturist and TCM Practitioner

Giao completed his Traditional Chinese Medicine training in France and in Canada. Through education, training and practice in the field, he has had the opportunity to see patients with cancer as well as other diseases, and to aid in their recovery and minimize side effects.

Giao is committed to continuing education and research and he continues to broaden the scope of his knowledge through yearly intensive internships in France, Germany, Switzerland, Vietnam. These intensives allow Giao to practice alongside internationally renowned clinicians in busy clinics and hospitals, allowing Giao to treat patients with a variety of conditions, and to excel in integrative cancer care, pain management, spasm and twitching, edema, allergies and asthma, sleep disorders, and stress.

In Giao’s own words: “To provide integrative care, I believe practitioners should be professional, compassionate and sincere. The recovery process is a journey and it requires a close relationship between healthcare members, the patient and the patient’s family. I would gladly be part of your caring circle. I provide service in French and in English.”

Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM), sometimes also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) comprises medical acupuncture, botanical medicine, lifestyle counselling, massage, diet and exercise, with its own system of diagnosis. This profession, founded in China over 2,500 years ago, is now regulated and practiced around the world: in Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, UK. The World Health Organisation classifies TOM as a major complement and alternative to conventional medicine.  Click here to read about studies on acupuncture, and diseases and conditions that can be treated with acupuncture (WHO 1996).


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