The Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (OCTCM), the only private facility specializing in acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Markham, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Acupuncture is a pain-free form of medical treatment where a practitioner gently pricks the patient’s skin/tissue with needles. It is widely used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, headaches, digestive problems and improve mental and emotional health. Some patients do not have the option of using pain medications and acupuncture is an effective alternative.
Even if one is not outwardly ill, Chinese medicine may still help. Its focus is on preventative treatment. The best Chinese medicine practitioner is one whose patients never fall sick.
The founder and current president of the school, Professor Bin Jiang Wu, is a renowned authority in the global Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) community as an adviser to associations in China, Japan, Germany, Hungary, Austria and Canada.
Chinese medicine is a growing force in the Western world as many of OCTCM’s graduates move on to opening their own clinics or becoming instructors themselves to pass on their knowledge to future generations of practitioners. OCTCM will be celebrating their 20th-anniversary celebration on Oct. 27 and 28 as well as holding the 2018 Canada Acupuncture and TCM Continuing Education Conference at Markham Civic Centre that weekend. More than 200 TCM acupuncture experts will gather at the conference to exchange knowledge, techniques and learn from each other following the core theme of the conference: inheriting the classics, advancing the innovations. Anyone interested in learning more about TCM is welcome to attend.
If you would like to try acupuncture treatment for yourself, the school also runs a student clinic. For $20 an hour, patients can receive treatment and diagnosis from students in their clinical internship, under the supervision of an instructor.
OCTCM is located at 7100 Warden Avenue, on the north side of Steeles. They are always open to drop-in visits. Visit octcm.com for more information.
Photo: Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine celebrates its 20th anniversary.