Kazuo Tateishi R.Ac, R.TCMP
During my formative years of becoming a physical education teacher, I always had a strong desire to promote health preservation and illness prevention. During and after completing my studies at the UBC, I worked in many educational, institutional and community settings with under-privileged and often troubled teenagers and that was when I recognized an increasing need to reach out to them by addressing their social and emotional needs through multi-dimensional approaches.
Later on, when I was going through my own emotionally difficult times, I sought an unconventional medical treatment to help me to cope with stress. This was when I met Gerard Tan, a local acupuncturist who specializes in caring for people with cancer. His Japanese style of acupuncture treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine principles had a profound effect on my sense of well-being by improving my sleep quality and my energy levels within a very short time.
Spurred on by this experience and fuelled by my desire to assist people with various health problems, I decided to study Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient scientific and philosophical system that is continuously developing and growing.
Here, I learned to embrace holistic ways of understanding the relationship between the human body and all the potential environmental factors. I realized that concepts of proactive and preventative treatment of disease, with an emphasis on health preservation, have become more valued and implemented than ever before.
I believe, as TCM maintains, that the human body, like the world, is an integral whole, in that its constituent parts are inseparable in structure and connected with, and conditioned by one another, as well as by nature and our surrounding environment.
In the same way that our world is affected by various environmental and socio-political issues, our bodies are constantly subjected to hardships. Life is not an easy journey, and it can become particularly overwhelming for us when we also have to deal with pain and illness. I strongly believe in the human body’s natural ability to prevail against any odds and I am dedicated to supporting and strengthening it
Common Clinical Conditions treated include:
Women’s Health (irregular menstruation, dysmenorrheal etc)
Men’s Health (benign prostate enlargement etc)
Chronic Pain Conditions
Pain related to Motor Vehicle Accidents
Digestive Concerns (gastro-esophageal reflux, constipation, IBS etc)
Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression
TCM Stress Management
Areas of Expertise
Traditional Diagnosis: In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the practitioner decides on treatment after visually inspecting, listening, smelling, taking the patient’s pulse, palpating and questioning the patient.
Acupuncture: In TCM, disease is generally considered to be an imbalance in energy flow (or qi) and blood. In order to correct this flow, patients are treated by deploying thin needles inserted into acupuncture points along energy meridians in the body through the skin.
Acupuncture Needles: Usually stainless steel and disposable, the sterile needles are not much thicker than coarse human hair. Typically, insertion is painless, though sometimes the patient may feel a jolt of energy released through the needle.
Moxibustion: A burning stick of mugwort (Artemisia argyi) is sometimes used to gently heat an acupuncture point. It is usually used for health problems originating from a cold body constitution.
Tuina or Tui Na Massage: Also known as acupressure, this technique uses the bare hands to stimulate the acupuncture points without using needles.
Gua Sha Therapy: This technique uses a tool such as a spoon move stagnated energy, blood, and bodily fluids. It promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes.
Cupping Therapy: Glass cups are used to create suction on the skin which improves energy and blood circulation to the area. In turn, that dispels blood stasis, relieves pain, and sometimes may draw out excessive fluids.
Dietary Therapy: The art and the way our daily eating habits play a major role during the process of life and health. Natural food is used in addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment to help regulate the body functions and increase the effectiveness of the treatments.
Chinese Herbal Therapy: A major component of TCM, to bring the body back into balance, the practitioner formulates plant products according to each individual's needs.