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Meet Alison Stadnyk
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Diploma Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reiki level I, Clinic owner
Alison completed her training at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (ACOS) in Nelson, BC. She graduated from the 5 year Doctorate of Chinese Medicine program, and is currently registered as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCM.P.), offering acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping and much more.
She also has completed a Birth Doula training with Gloria Lemay, and her "Wise Woman Way of Birth" education program.
Alison is a true believer that health and wellness is one of the most important values in life. The approach that Traditional Chinese Medicine takes to health, which involves using elements of nature to balance the body, mind and spirit - is what attracted Alison into this practice.
During a session with Alison, we will go through a history of your own personal health, where we will discover patterns from a Chinese medicine based diagnosis which will direct our treatment together. From here, Alison will develop a treatment that is tailored to your own unique needs, utilizing acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, herbalism, or any other TCM techniques that are indicated for your healing journey.
Alison has an interest in reproductive health; treatment of fertility, pregnancy care including treatment for hyper-emesis/morning sickness, breech fetal position, cervical ripening treatment, and much more pre-natal and post-partum care. She has studied continuing education courses with Debra Betts, Randine Lewis and Claudia Citkovitz, leading experts in TCM reproductive/pregnancy care.
Her love for the outdoors and recreation has brought about a passion for treating sports related injuries, whether they are chronic or recent. Alison uses her knowledge and training of anatomical acupuncture, electro-acupuncure, and cupping to treat pain imbalances in the body due to overstrain, sprain, and pre/post surgical injuries.
You can expect to leave your session feeling relaxed, aligned and empowered with the tools to motivate you towards your personal health goals.
It can help with
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help to improve digestion by tonifying and boosting the Qi that is responsible for taking in the food you eat and transforming it fully into nutrients that can be utilized by your body. It can also help by transforming or draining dampness, which is an excess accumulation of waste material in the body.
Gut motility and function can be improved with nervous system regulation and stress reduction from acupuncture.
In Chinese medicine, the main causes of fatigue and lethargy are due to Qi deficiency, blood deficiency, or dampness. Acupuncture and herbs can help restore energy levels by tonifying and building deficient Qi and blood, or by resolving dampness (waste material accumulating) which makes you feel heavy and lethargic.
Chinese medicine can help build up the body's natural ability for detoxification processes. Ensuring all of the meridians and organ systems are balanced and in harmony will assist the body to naturally clean out toxins and waste material from the organs and tissues.
Women's Health, Pregnancy, Fertility
Chinese medicine has been gaining more awareness and acknowledgment for its ability to support a wide range of women's health topics like menstrual pain and irregularities, fertility and pregnancy (pre & post natal) care, hormonal regulation, post-hormonal contraception balancing, perimenopause/menopause.
Common areas of TCM support for pregnancy are breech baby/posterior baby positions, insomnia, fatigue, morning sickness, pain and discomfort due to pregnancy, as well as cervical ripening/labour preparation. Alison can give coaching for birth partners around acupressure points useful in labour. Post natal care for new mothers includes the traditional "Warming Mother" treatment for tonification around day 5-7 post birth, caesarian section scar tissue therapy, and lactation support.
Alison has a passion for working with women along their reproductive journey. She believes it is important to empower each woman to feel balanced and in tune with her cycle, at whatever stage she may be at.
Looking at the body system as a whole, and ensuring that all of the meridians and organs are balanced is essential to establish a healthy weight. Usually in TCM excessive weight gain is related to a pattern that we call "dampness", which is when the Qi that is meant to transform the food into either nutrients to use, or waste to discard, begins to fail and the waste material accumulates as dampness. TCM works to tonify the Qi and drain the dampness, while establishing an eating plan that will assist these processes.
When Qi stagnates and is not able to flow freely through the meridians, problems arise. Stress is usually due to stagnant Qi that is stuck and cannot move, therefore building up frustration and
irritability. TCM can relieve stress by opening up the channels to relieve stagnancy, and can give the patient an overall feeling of relaxation and release.
Acupuncture can be beneficial to regulate the nervous system and stress hormones, allowing for better sleeps, deeper breathing and overall calmness.
"Alison from Pine & Needle is, quite simply put, amazing. I received acupuncture treatments following a shoulder surgery and couldn't have been happier with the results. Alison was always professional, courteous, kind and considerate regarding my treatment and provided a very comfortable and relaxing space. I found the entire experience both physically and mentally meditative and would definitely recommend Alison to anybody seeking TCM or acupuncture. Looking forward to my next treatment!"
— Erik Braun