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West Vancouver, BC: Tara Akuna

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: General wellness, musculoskeletal pain, stress
Styles: Five element acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), nutritional and dietary therapy

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
In many ways I feel like this field chose me. Growing up macrobiotic and practicing yoga as a child with my grandmother, I had been exposed to alternative health all my life. Over the years, in dealing with my own pain and struggles, I found Traditional Chinese Medicine to truly heal my emotional pain as well as the bodily manifestations that came along with it. In amazement from my own healing, I have completely embraced this form of medicine and ever since have wanted to share it with others.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I’m curious and I always look deep as to why an individual is experiencing the symptoms that they are. My goal is to help someone become deeply connected with their authentic self. I want to peel away the layers of negative self talk and doubt they may embody, so that they can blossom into the free, expansive, and happy person that they are. I believe we need to nourish ourselves in many different ways. Taking time to rest and relax, engaging in activities that fill you with a passion and a zest for life, and truly connecting with others in your life.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love connecting with others and being able to share our stories together. To be a part of their “Aha!” moments is truly a gift to witness. Also, reminding them they are not alone and that they will be supported on their healing journey gives me a great sense of camaraderie and joy.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That acupuncture only treats pain. Acupuncture treats so much more with wonderful results. Stress, over thinking, worrying, sleeplessness, digestion, and low energy are just some of the things that I find TCM can help with. Prevention of illness is another big one. We’re here to help you stay healthy!

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
How I treat my patients is also how I treat myself. In reality, I teach what I do as a constant reminder to keep myself healthy and happy. I believe it’s so important to give myself the time and space to nourish myself. Yes, sometimes life gets out of hand, but I always come back to this. I love to dance and practice yoga as often as possible. I also love to eat delicious foods that make me feel great. I regularly give myself ample time to sleep each night (between 8 and 9 hours). And I always treat myself each week to indulge in something fun.

How do you treat health conditions with food?
I have created meal plans, which are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, to treat all health conditions. Examples of these conditions include insomnia, menstrual disorders, stress, hair loss, low energy, infertility, menopause, digestive issues, poor memory, depression, and weakened immunity. The meals are absolutely delicious and are quick and easy to make. Most of the meal plans are gluten free with many vegetarian and vegan options.

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1437 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1B8