What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for treating pain and illness.  Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine filiform needles into particular points on the body.  These points are located along acupuncture meridians, which roughly correspond to nerve and vascular pathways.  According to Chinese Medicine each meridian affects specific organs and associated bodily functions.  Acupuncture is based on the Asian notion of ‘Qi’, or vital energy.  By regulating imbalances of Qi in the body symptoms are addressed at the root.

Acupuncture treatments are safe, effective and gentle for both physical maladies and emotional issues, including stress, anxiety and depression.

Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Strengthens the immune system to prevent illness
  • Promotes quicker recovery time from illness or injury
  • Increases circulation and metabolism
  • Releases endorphin’s – your body’s natural pain killer
  • Creates harmony within the body

Acupuncture can be used to treat

  • Addictions to cigarettes, heroin, cocaine, food, etc.
  • Emotional disorders including anxiety and depression
  • Digestive complaints such as nausea, vomiting, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, hiccups, dysentery due to certain bacteria, and chronic duodenal ulcers
  • Pain due to injury or chronic degenerative diseases
  • Ear, nose and throat disorders including toothache, earache, sinus inflammation, and nasal dryness or inflammation
  • Respiratory disorders such as uncomplicated bronchial asthma
  • Eye disorders including inflammation, near-sightedness and uncomplicated cataracts
  • Nervous system and muscular disorders with a focus on relieving pain including lower back pain, sciatica, headaches and migraines, weakness after stroke, bed wetting, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
  • Skin Disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and itchy, dry skin
Registered acupuncturists (R Ac) at Awakening Wellness centre include:
Lars Fenske, R Ac and clinic owner &  director


For  a comprehensive list of conditions acupuncture can treat, please visit the World Health Organization page on diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture.

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Victoria Acupuncturist Lars Fenske  – Acupuncture – How & Why it Works in Detail


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Success Stories

After a car accident I had serious lower back pain and I couldn’t get any relief.  Lars  acupuncture treatment helped to relieve most of the pain in just a few visits.  I would highly recommend you see Lars if you are in pain!

– Mr. A. Bernhart, Victoria

I visited Lars twice, after 2 separate injuries. I had been very apprehensive to try acupuncture but I reached the point where nothing else was working. Lars is very gentle and explained everything. After each injury, one visit to Lars was all it took to eliminate the pain and get me moving again. Lars is a very talented healer and he’s definitely doing the work he’s meant to be doing.

– L.B., Victoria

I first visited Lars for acupuncture to help with my hot flashes. I was amazed with the rapid results.  Lars is a very caring and capable practitioner, whose dedication to his clients and their wellbeing is apparent in everything he does.  I highly recommend him.

– Marlene, Victoria

I was really having problems with my immune system and I felt like I was constantly sick. I’ve never been someone to take medicine but being sick all the time was just not working for me. So I decided to try another type of medicine and that’s when Lars talked to me about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Lars told me that acupuncture would help my immune system to get back to full strength and also help my energy flow to get moving, therefore it would make me feel a lot lighter and more awake.I decided to give a try. Now I know that not only does it help my immune system but it makes my body feel happy and I have a lot more energy to get me through the day.

I highly recommend that you try acupuncture with Lars Fenske, he really knows what he’s doing and he loves his job.

– Atzii Hunsberger, Victoria

Ronski helped me to recover after I was hit by a van as a pedestrian and suffered major soft tissue damage to my back and ribcage, including significant bruising, pain and discomfort. He even came to my house to treat me initially as I could not drive to his office due to these injuries. I experienced virtually immediate relief of all my symptoms with each treatment which was quite impressive to say the least. Thanks in a large part to him I am expecting to make a speedy and full recovery.

As a naturopathic doctor for 17 years, I have had much opportunity to experience different kinds of body work and Ronski’s expertise in my opinion is second to none. I am very grateful for his healing help.

– Dr. Anke Zimmermann, BSc, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Doctor,

Victoria, BC, Canada