Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture don’t work like prescription drugs or health supplements. The fundamental idea of our medicine is to correct the imbalance and restore the basic functions of your body, such as sleeping, eating, drinking, defecation, urination, etc. These are the foundation of your health.
When your body is able to function at a healthy level, your digestive system is able to produce the enzymes that transform the food you eat into nutrients and send it to where it’s needed, your endocrine system is able to produce the right amount of hormones that your body needs, your immune system is able to distinguish between your own cells from foreign cells, your cardiovascular system is able to function within a normal pressure, your nervous system is able to transmit the electric signals normally, and your body is able to metabolize normally - replacing dying cells with new cells.
This is the reason that we are able to help many people with various conditions.
This character "施" has three meanings:
1. to give, such as giving gift 佈施
2. to provide, such as providing medicine 施藥 or providing acupuncture treatment 施針
3. to execute, such as execute a plan 施行
It is also my last name. Using my name as the clinic name has more meaning than just having my own identity. It's a name that says I'm here to provide quality health care.
Our mission is to provide quality health care that you deserve!
Andre Shih, R.TCM.P
My major at the University of British Columbia was in mechanical engineering. I then worked in manufacturing as an engineer for 11 years after graduation. Throughout the years I've always known that I would not be an engineer for the rest of my life; somehow I knew there was something else more fulfilling for me to do with my life.
Years ago, by chance, I had my first encounter with acupuncture and TCM; right away, like a lightening bolt, I knew this is what I had been searching for. It changed my life, and I decided to study acupuncture and TCM. After graduating from PCU College of Holistic Medicine in 2015, I have helped numerous people with various conditions using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Patients have found my treatments very relaxing and have been surprised that acupuncture is relatively painless.
The problem solving skills and critical thinking I learned as an engineer has not gone to waste. Rather, these skills aid me in diagnosing and selecting a proper treatment plan for my patients with a logical approach.
I enjoy spending time at home with my 3 cats or out golfing when I'm not working.