wellness within reach.
Welcome to 5shen acupuncture & herbal therapy. 5shen is about increasing access to acupuncture and other complimentary and alternative medicine.
Taking inspiration from community acupuncture and acudetox models, 5shen promotes harm reduction, peer-led & client-centered services and treatment on demand.
For more information, or to get involved, please get in touch.
5shen has moved!
I’m pleased to announce that 5 shen acupuncture and herbal therapy is now serving the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Thanks to partnership with some wonderful colleagues, most 5shen acupuncture sites in Vancouver will not experience any disruption in service.
I am now open for business in Cawston BC, near Keremeos, in the beautiful Similkameen Valley. I am accepting new patients for in-call and outcall appointments, and weekly or monthly acupuncture clinics with local community resources. Plans are currently underway to secure clinic space for Oliver and Osoyoos – stay tuned for more updates.
To my new Okanagan clientele, please take a look around my website to explore the various services I offer. I aim to keep my rates affordable and work with the highest level of community care in mind. If you have any questions about what I do, or would like to set up an appointment or consultation, please contact me here or call my toll free number at 1.877.649.2499
Thank you for welcoming me to your area. I look forward to many great years together!
september 14, 2013: you can find me at the tuck shop today ~ an east van night market in honour of fall. along with acupuncture, there will be massage, and a whole host of handmade crafts and yummy healthy treats: teas, snacks, herbal wares, preserves, infused honeys, drinking vinegars, and more! come on by The Rattle ~ 1410 venables in vancouver, between 5 & 9pm
i’m so pleased to announce that my practicum student adrienne has successfully finished her practicum with me and passed her exam. yay!
i am heading to the radical herbalist gathering on vancouver island, where i will be joining some discussions and skill-sharing about acupuncture, herbs, moxibustion, and radical self and community care. after that, i am away for the rest of august, and back to work in september. if you would like to book a one on one or group session for september, get in touch soon! after three weeks away spots will fill up fast.
just a reminder that acupuncture is covered by most private insurance plans, icbc, and also subsidized by msp for low income residents of bc. i also offer sliding scale and group rates, and package deals. whatever your situation, there is a way to make it work for you.
happy august! see you soon.
$25 summer student clinic! june and july 2013
i am pleased to announce the arrival of new practitioner adrienne mak to the 5shen team for june and july! adrienne is fully trained with clinical experience and is now exploring more clinical and community acupuncture experience with me. we are offering a fantastic rate of $25 for 1 to 2 hour private (supervised) acupuncture sessions with adrienne. she can offer acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping. private sessions with laurel are also available at regular rates. book now to reserve a spot at this great price. adrienne is wonderful ~ you will be in good hands.
from crisis to commons
tragedy of the market: from crisis to commons. a conference to explore ‘commons’ as an alternative to capitalism. shared resources & collective approaches to food, health, housing, education, decolonization & more. i’ll be part of a panel discussion on food sovereignty & healthy communities. friday january 6 – sunday january 8 2012 in burnaby, coast salish territories.
health & healing among activists and organizers
here is a link to a radio interview i did with people’s health radio in the fall, talking about self and community care as part of radical movements.
two-fer-one summer special
Community acupuncture style! Duo acupuncture treatments $20 – $40 per person. Bring a friend or a loved one and both of you can chill out together in a beautiful setting with a mountain view. Accessible East Vancouver location close to busses & skytrain just off Commercial Drive. For more information or to book a session please contact me here.
Sunday July 24 is Free Acupuncture Day in Vancouver. Check out the Chinese Cultural Centre between 10am & 5pm at 50 East Pender in Chinatown for info, demos & free treatments!
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acupuncture at burnaby hospital
Fraser Health Burnaby acupuncture group has started again and is in high demand. Accepting waitlist folks now. Fully subsidized for anyone with MSP extended benefits (low income, income assistance, disability, status first nations). Open to members of Mental Health, Addictions, Primary Care & other Burnaby Hospital programs, or self referral. Contact me for info, referrals & registration.