In 1999, Andrea graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A.Sc. in environmental engineering. She worked for a few years as an engineer, where she developed her abilities to problem solve and think critically. Dismayed by the overall lack of connection she experienced in her work, she moved west to Golden, BC and in 2004 went back to school to study massage. During her massage practise, she became increasingly curious about the inner workings of the mind, body and spirit. After several years of practising massage, she still felt as though something was missing from her work. Motivated by an innate curiosity as well as her own personal health challenges, Andrea felt compelled to learn more about how to live in true health. Nearly a decade after studying and practising massage she moved to Nelson, BC to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which she considers to be a balanced marriage of science with the healing arts. Fueled by her love of learning and a strong desire to help others, Andrea practises with genuine curiosity and a true passion for her work.
Andrea is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCM. P) and is a graduate of the 5 year Doctor of TCM program from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC. Andrea is a licensed member in good standing of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia.
What to expect:
An initial visit will include a through patient interview in order to understand not only the symptoms but the overall patterns involved. TCM diagnosis also includes inspection of the tongue and taking the patient’s pulse. Treatment may include one or more of the following, depending on the individual TCM diagnosis:
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese dietary therapy
Physical practises including Qi Gong and Tai Ji
TCM Background info
With a history of over 3,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered one of the oldest continuously practiced medical systems in the world. It is used by roughly one quarter of the world’s population for primary health care.
TCM is based on natural laws which govern the movement of vital energy (known as Qi), both in nature and in the body. Qi moves throughout the body in precise channels known as meridians. In a balanced state of health, the movement of Qi supports harmonious functions of the body, mind and spirit. When imbalances occur, Qi may stagnate or move with disharmony in the body and specific symptoms begin to surface. In order to treat a disharmony of Qi in the body, all symptoms are viewed holistically in relationship to the whole person.