Özge Stephen is a Registered Acupuncturist in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia.
In her acupuncture practice, Özge offers a safe and inclusive space, where you can connect with yourself and be reminded of your ability to heal. Özge has a deep passion for transparency and empowerment around mental and reproductive health, and utilizes Acupuncture + Traditional Chinese Medicine in treatment of a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, menstrual irregularities, and fertility.
Also a birth worker, Özge is excited to be offering support to life givers in various forms; whether it is relieving pregnancy symptoms using acupuncture, or holding their hands between contractions.
“Everything in the Universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) goes back thousands of years, originating in Ancient China. As a (w)holistic medicine, TCM utilizes various modalities, including Acupuncture, Herbology, Moxibustion, Shi Lao (Diet Therapy), Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na (Massage), Tai Chi, and Qi Gong.
The philosophies behind Traditional Chinese Medicine are rooted in Daoism and naturalism, specifically the theories of yin and yang, and the five elements. TCM’s holistic approach sees the human body as an extension of nature, and recognizes the intricate balance between our physical, mental, and emotional health.
In Nature, everything ebbs and flows with the sun, the moon, the seasons, and the natural elements. Nothing completely disappears, but rather dissipates into another state of being. Winter incubates seeds to blossom in the spring; spring flowers become fruit harvests during summer; the setting and rising of the sun adjust to the seasons. Nature moves with ease, in harmony to create a wholesome balance.
As a part and reflection of Nature, when given the adequate attention and care, the human body flourishes to exist in balance ~in homeostasis. Our physical differences, emotional experiences, lifestyles, eating habits, and social structures impact our experiences as ourselves, thus what balance means to us individually. Dis-ease occurs when our unique balance is disturbed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine essentially recognizes and analyzes the seasons of your personal nature, through the use of observation, palpation, questioning, and tongue/pulse diagnosis. Then, through acupuncture, diet ⁄ lifestyle counselling, and manual modalities, it reminds you of your balance, and facilitates restoration.
“Come let us be friends for once.
Let us make life easy on us.
Let us be loved ones and lovers.
The earth shall be left to no one.”
~ Yunus Emre