Gina Rino, BSc, RAc, FABORM has 20 years experience in Family Acupuncture. Find her at 571b (upstairs) 2nd Ave in Fernie, BC. Online booking available. Call/text at 250.899.4120. Email at

Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to Oriental thinking, specifically that all living beings have a vital energy that circulates throughout the body. An imbalance in the flow of this energy can manifest as different health issues. The key objective in acupuncture is to restore the balance and flow of vital energy to the body.

Understanding the fundamentals of how acupuncture works requires a great deal of study and ultimately, practice as the philosophy behind it is complex and uses terminology from its own medical system, not those of Western science.

If one were to use Western terms, my colleague, Dr. Krista Coombs, RAC, DTCM, explains it very well:

‘It starts with a very fine, hair thin needle, that once inserted, causes minor micro trauma to the tissues it pierces. This micro trauma elicits an inflammatory effect from those tissues, secreting various inflammatory chemicals to clean up the trauma. This process draws more blood to the area, which brings healing chemicals and nourishment. This healing response from your own body is what helps speed up the healing of that area and surrounding tissue.

Acupuncture also causes the secretion of other biochemistry, triggering various neurological tissues, and so on, that can help with pain and muscle tension management and influences digestive processes, urinary processes, blood pressure, mental state and so much more. Acupuncture balances the nervous system, eliciting a homeostatic response in the body. This is why acupuncture, used repetitively, is great for more than just pain management when used strategically from a Chinese medicine foundation. This is also why it is ideal to see a specialist in Chinese medicine acupuncture for most ailments versus those trained in medical acupuncture or needle therapy. The foundations of Chinese medicine need to be taught to practitioners in order to use the acupuncture most effectively for various health conditions.’

Acupuncture Treats:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Cancer Care – reduces the side effects of chemotherapy
  • Aging – Cosmetic Acupuncture/Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
  • TMJ
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Low/Middle/Upper Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Migraines & Headaches, including Chinook
  • Digestion Issues
  • Complex Autoimmune Disease
  • Fertility – natural & assisted (IVF/IUI)
  • Pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Prenatal & Postnatal support
  • Labour Induction
  • Women’s health issues
  • Menopause
  • And so much more! Email to ask how Acupuncture can help you.

Gina works in Fernie, BC and is happy to be serving the entire Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass. Call or text 250.899.4120 or email for info. Follow Gina on IG and Twitter at Gina_Rino_Acu

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