Acupuncture – Calgary SW

acupuncture in hand

Acupuncture is the act of inserting very small needles into very specific points in the body.  These same points have been used for thousands of years, and each point has a specific effect on the body.  Combined with a thorough history and assessment by the practitioner, these points are used to try and restore balance to the patient's body.

Acupuncture is based on the concept of the body being made up of a complex system of channels throughout that distribute Qi or Life Force to our tissues.  If there is an obstruction, or imbalance, health issues show up.  Acupuncture works to clear those obstructions, restoring balance, and allowing the body to heal itself.

acupuncture needle forehead
acupuncture for temporalmandibular joint or TMJ

Acupuncture should not be painful.  You may experience different sensations like numbness, tingling, heat or cold, or just a general sensation of something different.  But, none of these sensations should be so uncomfortable that they cause you pain. If it is painful, you should let your practitioner know immediately so the needle can be moved.

Acupuncture is a complete medical system in itself, and is also an excellent compliment to almost any other treatment, including Western pharmaceuticals, surgery, herbal therapies, massage, athletic therapy, chiropractic and physiotherapy. 

Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical practices that is still in use today and is used to treat almost all ailments.  It is a drug-free, non-surgical intervention that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many different conditions, including: depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, headaches, allergies, asthma, digestion, skin conditions, common colds and flu, PMS, infertility, and addictions (acupuncturealberta.ca).

Lani PIckering, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering was born and raised in the small town of Vauxhall, Alberta. She moved to Victoria, BC to complete the 3000 hour RMT program and came back ‘home’ to further her passion in helping others. She graduated from the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Calgary in 2013. She completed a 3 month internship in Mian Yang, Sichuan, China where she observed and trained with some of the most respected Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors. The internship included teachings in pediatrics, gynaecology, dermatology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and cosmetology.

Dr. Pickering’s first experience with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine was during her years as a competitive dancer. First used for pain relief and then for chronic health concerns, it was soon apparent the many health benefits that acupuncture could bring.

She is excited to bring Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to Prairie Therapy with an ‘east meets west’ approach by combining her previous knowledge and experience of western medicine with her new and ever evolving TCM practice.