Kathy Joy King R.T.C.M.P, R.A., C.A.O.O.M, S.A.I.T

KathySince I was a child the road was mapped out for me, to enter this profession. I’ve been practicing Chinese Medicine since 1997 when I graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC. I then went on to the University of Shandong in Jian China to further my studies. Traditional Chinese Medicine includes the disciplines of Acupuncture, herbs, diet, massage, cupping and more.

Over the years I have taken many courses to fuel my passion for holistic health including a more recent one on Acupuncture Injection Therapy, which allows me to inject homeopathic remedies into the acupuncture points. This modality increases the rate of healing.  I have also studied bio-kinesiology at Bio-Kim Nutritional Institute in Vancouver.  I love to learn and every year I practice I like to enroll in something to update my knowledge on a particular subject.

The Chinese have a saying “there is no knot that can’t be untied” and this is the motto I practice by. I help my patient’s discover how to heal themselves and encourage them to educate themselves as to how to “untie the knot”. I use many modalities to achieve this. I always start with getting to know each of my patient’s individual story as each patient’s health history is key their healing.

Sometimes it is a simple acupuncture treatment and/or a combination of Chinese herbs. There are over 3,500 herbs in the Chinese herbal compendium and a combination of these may be required. My knowledge of bio-kinesiology allows me to test muscles for further remedies such as Western herb or diet programs.

I have a special interest in Women’s disease and Obstetrics. This helps with hormone regulation at all points in a women’s life. Through acupuncture I love to turn breech babies and have assisted in both hospital and home settings to help with pain and encouragement of labour. This part of my practice I really love, to help little ones come into the world a little easier.

I love the mystery of the body when someone comes in with a health concerns that no one seems to be able to help. Because Chinese Medicine has been around since before microscopes and x-rays we are often pro-active with the healing of these complex diseases. I was an editor of a book called “Treating Complex Diseases with Chinese Medicine” by Dr. Yu Chang Zheng. Here I learned more about the depth that Chinese Medicine can go.

Over the years I have also concentrated my practice on the emotional work involved in healing.  Acupuncture is an effective tool in overcoming some long standing issues such as cravings. Bio-kinesiology helps pinpoint some of the emotions associated with this. I believe that looking at some of the emotions behind a long-standing pain can help alleviate it and take it out of the body for good. Working with counsellors and aiding the body at the same time, that, is where true healing is. That said, sometimes just have to fix pain and that’s good too.