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Gary Wai Wah Chan, DTCM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. - Registered Acupuncturist & Reg'd TCM Practitioner
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Gary Wai Wah Chan, DTCM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. - Registered Acupuncturist & Reg'd TCM Practitioner Red Tree Wellness Inc.
550 West Broadway, Suite 743
Neelu Bachra Centre
604-873-3827
Gary W.W. Chan is a Registered Acupuncturist and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. He is a graduate of the five year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. During school and early years of his practice, Gary interned in The Second Affiliate Hospital of An Hui in China and a private TCM clinic in Hong Kong.

Prior to entering health care, Gary was in the field of computing science. With strong logical reasoning and analytical skill, Gary entered the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine with lots of wonder. Gary enjoys practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine and witness the amazing difference this ancient health system can make. Beside Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, Gary has also completed training in other therapies like Original Yin Stretching Method, Auricular Medicines, Reiki Energy Healing, and Transformation with Matrix Energetic. Gary currently follows the life cultivation philosophy of Lao Zi and he believes all physical ailments can be properly addressed by proper balancing.

From High Tech to Ancient Wisdom:

One of the most commonly asked question to Gary is how one goes from Programmer to an Acupuncturist, two apparently unrelated subjects. While there are a lot of factors resulting in such a decision, a taste of the wonder of Traditional Chinese Medicine really clicked the switch inside Gary’s mind.

At sometime near year 2002, when Gary was still a very hard working programmer in the industry of Information Technology, developing the virtual world in the computer was the desire of Gary. After a few long night of work to meet a project deadline, appearing from nowhere, he developed this rather annoying pain in one of his upper molars on the right hand side.

When the pain quickly deteriorates from annoying to unbearable, Gary had no choice to visit the dentist. Surprising to him, it was not cavity. According to the X ray, it was a nerve inflammation that result in such a pain. According to the dentist, he will need to drill a hole into the molar, perform a root canal procedure to kill the nerve, and that will effectively stop the pain. This procedure, however, has two small side effects. One, it will kill the teeth when it gets rid of the nerve that govern the teeth. That implies additional procedures of filing the teeth and creating a crown. Two, it will cost Gary approximately $800. The cost and the horrible image of the procedure had successfully distracted Gary from his pain. Gary left the office and decided to sleep on the idea. At the drug store, while purchasing pain killer, the pharmacist notice Gary was bearing unusual amount of pain. After Gary told him that he is having a nerve pain in his teeth, surprisingly, the pharmacist, beside recommending pain killer, asked him to try acupuncture as well.

Gary quickly visited this acupuncturist. Lying on his tummy on the treatment table, Gary was going to receive acupuncture. He felt something happen behind his neck and all of a sudden, a cooling/numbing sensation happened immediately to his painful molar. It was truly amazing. He woke up happily because the pain is 80% better after the session. After taking some herbal decotion for another day, Gary became completely relieved of the toothache.

At that point of time, Gary always wondered what had happened. Besides saving lots of money from the dentist, the acupuncturist also fixed the problem rather elegantly. The experience was a shock to Gary’s linear thinking model. While the direct approach (the dentist approach) seems to be the only option, somehow the human body equipped a better solution. In programming, it takes a lot of effort to develop even a minor feature. This experience of toothache let Gary realize the opposite exists in the world. Instead of developing something, the universe (a lot of times) already possess ways, readily available, to achieve greatness with relatively little effort. The meridian system and the Zang/Fu approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine opened the eyes of Gary to a much more resourceful aspect of the universe. It is an amazing experience and an amazing insight. Eventually Gary decided to become part of it, leaving programming behind and attending Chinese Medicine School.

Gary looks forward to meeting you to help you achieve your best health.

Service

  • Initial Consult and Acupuncture Treatment
    Initial Consult and Acupuncture Treatment
    75 to 90 min First visit consultation and assessment, with acupuncture, for NEW patients New patients to the clinic are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled appointment to complete the intake form. Note: Requires a 100 minute time block opening. If the session takes less only 75 minutes, the rate will be $120.


    Traditional Chinese Medicine theorizes that there are approximately 365 acupuncture points on the human body that connects with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways, called meridians. These meridians create an energy flow and conduct energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”) between the surface of the body and internal organs, and is responsible for overall health. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves puncturing the skin with hair-thin needles (filiform) at particular locations, called acupuncture points, to enhance the flow of Qi. Acupuncture is used to balance and keep the normal flow of energy unblocked, and restore health to the body and mind. When you are healthy, Qi flows smoothly and the body is balanced.

    Does It Hurt?
    The acupuncture needles are so thin that 10 to 15 acupuncture needles can be placed in one hypodermic (injection) needle. The sensation that is expected from acupuncture is not painful (i.e. not what you would expect from a needle). The sensation is called “De Qi” and it can include numbness, aching, tingling, warmth, distension, heaviness, or lightness. The sensation can be local or it may radiate. Many people find acupuncture is actually very relaxing and often fall asleep.

    How Safe Is Acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is very safe. In Vancouver and British Columbia, all acupuncturists must be licensed and are required to complete an acupuncture safety course, which includes clean needle technique (including disposable sterile needles) and acupoint safety. As with any medical treatment, there may be risks involved for the individual and it is important to discuss these with your practitioner.

    Is Acupuncture Covered By Medical Insurance?
    Many extended health insurance plans in Vancouver and British Columbia do cover up to $500 of acupuncture each year. Check with your health insurance provider for details. In BC, MSP will cover a portion of your visit for qualifying individuals. Inquire with your practitioner for more details on the requirements.
     

  • Follow-up Acupuncture Treatment
    Follow-up Acupuncture Treatment
    50 min Follow-up visit for current/returning patients
     

  • Initial Consultation and Assessment - No Acupuncture
    Initial Consultation and Assessment - No Acupuncture
    45 min First visit and consultation and assessment only, no acupuncture, for NEW patients New patients to the clinic are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled appointment to complete the intake form. Note: Requires a 60 minute time block opening.
     

  • Initial Herbal Consultation only
    Initial Herbal Consultation only
    45 min Initial/First Herbal Consultation only (no acupuncture) and dispensing New patients to the clinic are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled appointment to complete the intake form. Note: Requires 60 min available time for herbal prescription preparation. Consultation rates do NOT include the cost of herbs. A weekly customized course of herbs ranges between $25 to $50 plus tax.
     

  • Follow-Up Herbal Consultation only
    Follow-Up Herbal Consultation only
    20 min Follow-Up Herbal Consultation only (no acupuncture) and dispensing Note: Requires 35 min available time for herbal prescription preparation. Consultation rates do NOT include the cost of herbs. A weekly customized course of herbs ranges between $25 to $50 plus tax.