Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be described as a complete healing system. One of the key elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the fundamental belief that the body has an extraordinary ability to heal itself. Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to promote this self healing by combining traditional acupuncture with other TCM techniques such as herbal formulas, cupping, moxibustion, heat lamps and meridian massage.
One of the main differences between Traditional Chinese Medicine and western-style medicine is the traditional chinese medicine's focus on the body as a an entire complex system of bodily fluids, organs, and energy flow. Treatment does not focus on the one area that is causing discomfort; the many different techniques addresses the entire body to try and restore balance to the entire system. A treatment might incorporate many different techniques in one session, as well as many different body parts (albertaacupuncture.ca).
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.