About Lifepath Acupuncture

At Lifepath Wellness Acupuncture, we have provided acupuncture services to Chestermere & are since 2009. Dr. David He has been our primary provider of Acupuncture during this time-frame.  Dr. He has a vast knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as General Medicine as he trained in China as an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Our Acupuncture doctors have gained a loyal following from many of our patients as they can treat a vast array of ailments using TCM and Acupuncture. Additionally, our doctors integrate Acupuncture and Chinese herbs along with Western Medicine to treat a wide variety of conditions including orthopedic and joint disorders, women’s health (infertility), neurological disorders, autism, and other psychological and internal disorders.

At Lifepath Wellness Acupuncture, our acupuncture doctors use their experience and skills to treat different disorders and help people to live a healthy life. If you are new to acupuncture, we have hundreds of patients that continue to use our clinic to help their bodies heal themselves.

Meet Dr. David He

Dr. David He RAc, TCMD

Lifepath Acupuncture | Dr. David He | Acupuncturist

Dr. David He graduated from Harbin Medical University in China with a medical degree in Western Medicine. Dr. He also received his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at Harbin Medical University.

Dr. He has been in the medical profession for over ten years. In China, he worked as an Orthopedic surgeon. He has extensive knowledge in treating musculoskeletal, motor system and neurological disorders.

In addition, Dr. He specializes in treating pain management and relief in conditions associated with headaches, bursitis, arthritis, Bell’s palsy, insomnia, infertility, MS, and tinnitus. He utilizes his rich experience and skills to assist individuals in achieving a healthier life.

Dr. He is a registered Acupuncturist and an active member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta, Acupuncture-Traditional Chinese Medicine Society of Alberta, and the Alberta Association of Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors

What is TCM Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM has a history of approximately 2,500 years of successfully diagnosing, treating and preventing illness. One of the basic tenets of TCM holds that the body’s vital energy (chi or qi) circulates through channels, called meridians that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions. Concepts of the body and of disease used in TCM reflect its ancient origins and its emphasis on dynamic processes over the material structure. TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other things.

Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

Q) What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a means of adjusting the body’s life energy (chi or qi) through the insertion of fine needles into carefully selected acupuncture points along the meridians of the body. The needles, which have a rounded end rather than a sharp cutting one, are inserted into the points and are then manipulated with a gentle pumping action, by twirling or leaving in place for a few minutes.

These motions stimulate the flow of energy and remove blockages so that the qi can be dispersed and regulated. When the qi is flowing properly throughout the body, the balance is restored and improved health results.

Q) How does it work?

Although many theories have been presented, there is still no easy answer as to exactly how acupuncture works. The “Gate Control” theory suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord or brain at various “gates” to these areas. Since a majority of acupuncture points are either located near or connected to neural structures, this suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to “shut the gate” to the sensation of pain.

Other theories suggest that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic-like substances such as endorphins and opioids which, when released into the body, relieve pain. One thing is certain, although we may not know precisely how it works; studies have shown that it does work for a large majority of people and conditions.

Q) Does it hurt?

The sensation of receiving an acupuncture treatment can rarely be described as painful. Now that is not to say that it is devoid of sensation. But, generally, the feeling is more of a tingling. Acupuncture needles have a doweled end and therefore do not cut the skin as regular injection needles do. Following treatment, it is common for the patient to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation, and/or exhilaration.

Q) Is it safe?

This is a very common question among those who have never experienced an acupuncture treatment. The answer relies on the skill of the practitioner. If he or she is unsure of what they are doing, it is certainly possible to inflict injury with an acupuncture needle.

However, when practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe, and there is no danger whatsoever. The importance of seeking an appropriately trained practitioner cannot be overstated.

Q) Are the needles sterile & clean?

Before undergoing any acupuncture treatment, ask the practitioner about their sterilization procedures. All registered acupuncturists are required by law to sterilize needles. It is in their interest, as much as in the patient’s, to use extreme caution.

For this reason, some practitioners use disposable needles which can be discarded following the treatment of each patient. In cases where disposable needles are not used, the practitioner will have a sterilizer (called an autoclave) in the clinic or may use hospital sterilization services.

Q) What conditions does acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists approximately four dozen different conditions that can legitimately be treated by acupuncture.

The most common uses for acupuncture in the West include Pain Management, Asthma, Sinusitis, Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Smoking cessation, Strokes, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Weight Loss, Gynaecological and Obstetric Problems, Fertility and Sexual Dysfunction Problems.

Q) How many treatments will I need?

The total number of treatments required to effect change in a condition varies dependent upon the disease, and it’s severity, the duration of the illness, the frequency of the treatments and the patient themselves.

Consultation with an experienced practitioner on you and your condition will offer the best guide for the length of treatment. However, as a rough guideline, the maximum benefit is usually obtained after approximately six treatments at weekly intervals.

Three more treatments at three-month intervals followed by one or two occasional treatments may be recommended to prevent recurrence.

What Are The Benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care, which has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people become well and stay well. Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power, immunity, support physical and emotional health, improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Acupuncture is recognized by the National institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.

Some of the symptoms that Acupuncture can be used to treat are:

  • Muscular/skeletal sciatica, low back pain, and arthritis
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Morning sickness
  • Circulatory problems like high or low blood pressure
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Nervous system imbalances, especially anxiety, nervousness
  • Sleeplessness or depression
  • Asthma, allergies and sinus problems
  • Digestive disorders including Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea and constipation
  • Headaches, vertigo
  • Sports and stress injuries, skin problems
  • Immune system disorders
  • Fatigue, chronic pain, and side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
  • Detoxification from addictive substances such as drugs, alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes
  • Anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia and stress related disorders
  • Women’s health issues including period irregularities, menopause, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts
  • Chronic diseases such as high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and arthritis
  • Allergies, asthma, eczema
  • Family & children’s health- support for the whole family- pediatrics to parents. Including ADHD and Autism.

Lifepath Acupuncture Hours

Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sundays & Statutory Holidays:
Closed

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