We provide acupuncture (针灸) and Chinese medicine (中医) remedies to Victoria’s residents by our acupuncturist and herbalist Dr. Kevin Hu, PhD, former professor of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (广州中医药大学).
Our clinic is conveniently located near downtown Victoria, close to Royal Jubilee Hospital. We are accepting new patients. Referrals from family doctors and other healthcare professionals are welcomed.
Office hours: 9 am to 6:30 pm workdays,11 am to 5 pm Saturdays
Phone: 778 433 3373; Toll Free: 1 877 289 4440; Fax: 778 557 7287; Address: 953 Bay Street
1. How does BayVan Clinic choose patients for acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatment?
Patients choose BayVan. We don’t choose patient. Our clinic welcomes all patients with various kinds of disorders as mild as common cold as severe as CHD. Like many other acupuncture clinic, we treat pain syndromes, depression and insomnia. We are also specialized in treating gynecological disorders and dermatological disorders. Patients with cancer and under chemotherapy and radiotherapy will get benefit from our acupuncture and herbal remedies which can boost immunity and help to control symptoms.
We make diagnosis, predict prognosis and evaluate treatment effect through philosophies of both Chinese medicine and Western medicine. We treat a broad range of diseases, chronic and acute, mild and severe, simple and complicated, with approaches of acupuncture: general body acupuncture, electronic and laser acupuncture, cupping, gua, sha, tuina, etc, and Chinese herbal medicines: traditional dry herbs, modern granules, patent herbs, tinctures, etc.
2. What conditions can be treated by traditional Chinese medicine (including acupuncture) ?
3. How can you find a proper acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine doctor (herbalist)?
If your illness is “shallow” – mild and stable, like pain, sprain or strain, most registered acupuncturists should be good for it. If your condition is complicated and unstable, you must carefully choose a practitioner. Usually a practitioner registered under both acupuncture and TCM pay more attention to the core of TCM theory – syndrome (证, zheng) than those only registered as acupuncturist. Knowledge of Chinese language would gain more credits, since many TCM concepts in the eastern culture are pieces of cakes, but in the western culture, they are hard nuts. Chinese language helps understand these concepts in depth. Knowledge of Western medicine is a big asset. Diagnosis in Western medicine way is more helpful than TCM way to predict prognosis of a disease and to assess therapeutic effect. Definitely, experience is another aspect you need consider. A patient with more severe and complicated condition needs to have a treatment from more experienced TCM doctor.
4. How is BayVan’s acupuncture / herbal practitioner different from other practitioners?
Our acupuncturist and herbalist, Dr. Kevin Hu, the owner of BayVan Clinic, is just like many other practitioners who devoted themselves to healthcare career. He went to a TCM university in 1981 and graduated in 1986 with bachelor’s degree of TCM. He worked at a busy hospital as a physician of integrative Chinese and Western medicine for 8 years. In China, medical system is very different from Canada. There is no family doctor there. Almost all doctors work in hospitals. Dr. Kevin Hu accumulated most of his experience in that period of time and was the best doctor in the TCM unit in that hospital. Later, he went to another TCM university to seek further improvement and was later received a Ph.D and became a professor responsible for training overseas students and graduate students. After serving the university for 10 years, he immigrated to Canada and has been teaching to present. Dr. Kevin Hu is nice and friendly, speaks fluent English. Talking with him just like talking with your neighbor, enjoyable.
5. What do you need to know before you go for your first time acupuncture treatment?
If your condition is chronic, complicated and severe, you need be prepared seriously. Your TCM doctor will ask you about all your major symptoms, like when it started, how long it lasted, what treatment you had and the effect. It is better for you to arrange all your relevant medical information into a timeline before your first visit. If your TCM doctor knows Western medicine, he should want to know all pharmaceuticals you are currently on. So, write down all medications including all supplements prescribed by other professionals. Your acupuncturist or herbalist will exam your tongue and pulses which usually reveal your underlying problems and helps to guide treatment, so don’t brush or scrape your tongue if you have this habit. If you never see any acupuncturist before and your energy level is low, don’t leave home with an empty stomach, eat some food first to avoid the risk of “needling” faint. If you visit BayVan Clinic, please be prepared for a longer time treatment. Average first time acupuncture treatment at our clinic is 1.5 to 2 hours, please reschedule your activities on the appointment day.
6. How do you book an acupuncture or herbal treatment with Dr. Kevin Hu?
Please call, or email, or text, or fax to let us know your preferred date and time.
7. What does the term – traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) stand for?
The term traditional Chinese medicine is translated from two Chinese words 中医 (zhong yi) which means Chinese medicine. Before Western medicine entered China in late 1800s, there was only one kind of medicine which was simply called 医 (yi). While Chinese were accepting Western medicine, they started called their native medicine as Chinese medicine and called the counterpart as Western medicine. Around 50 years ago,中医 (zhong yi) were translated as traditional Chinese medicine by Chinese linguistic scholars. In recent 10 years, the translation in China was gradually replaced by the term Chinese medicine. In Canada, Chinese medicine regulating authorities keep using the term TCM. So now, for us, TCM stands the same as Chinese medicine.
8. How does traditional Chinese medicine relates to acupuncture?
Most of us may think TCM and acupuncture are two different things. Actually, acupuncture is just a member of TCM family. Other members invlude Chinese herbal medicines, tuina (Chinese massage) and qi gong (similar to meditation in certain ways). Since Chinese herbal medicine entered Western countries much later than acupuncture, Westerners just call the herbal medicine as TCM or Chinese medicine. The title R.TCM.P approved by CTCMA (the governing authority of BC) means that a practitioner is registered and allowed to practice both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. So now, confusingly, TCM in fact has two meanings, one is Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture as a whole – the real meaning; the other is just Chinese herbal medicine.
9. What kind of medicine is traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture?
Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are unique in their medical theory
TCM theoretic skyscraper sits on three sets of ancient Chinese philosophies, qi (气), yin yang (阴阳), five elements (五行, wu xing). These philosophies are the sole of TCM, giving this empirical medicine eternal life. They are magically applied into anatomy, physiology, etiology pathology, diagnosis and treatment and created out the core of it theoretic system – syndrome (证, zheng).
Four things are in the container of syndrome: 1) causes (etiology), 2) heat/cold (病性, bing xing, nature), 3) location, and 4) excess/deficiency (虚实, xu shi). Chinese herbalists and acupuncturists treat a disease by treating its syndrome or say, from those four aspects to treat a disease. Take common cold treatment as an example. Practitioners may select certain acupoints or herbs to expel wind (cause) and clear heat (nature) in the lung organ (location) and in a way of reducing pathogens (excess). An acupuncturist may take 20 minutes to 2 hours to collect relevant symptoms and signs from his patient in order to establish a right syndrome pattern diagnosis
Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist practice in a unique way
It is right to call TCM an empirical medicine which had developed to its peak before missionaries brought Western medicine into China. In a long history of 2000 years, outstanding TCM doctors in different dynasties contributed to nowadays TCM. Modern herbalists and acupuncturists apply ancient doctors’ experiences in their own practice to achieve their treatment goals.
Everyone can use acupuncture needles, but not everyone can be called an acupuncturist. Every can use Chinese herbs, but not every can be called Chinese medicine practitioner. As a Chinese medicine practitioner or an acupuncturist, he or she must understand qi, yin yang and five elements theories, must know how to collect medical information through a methodology called wang (望, inspection, viewing, watching), wen (闻, smelling, listening), wen (问, inquiring) and qie (切, palpating), must know how to establish a syndrome pattern (证型, zheng) and according to the pattern to select acupoints and herbs to treat a diseases. In another words, if application of a Chinese herb is guided by a theory other than from Chinese medicine, this herb cannot be called Chinese herb. It can only be called an herb which is from Chinese medicines.
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