Empowering you to shine
My goal is to help you achieve optimum health and wellbeing, that is a state of balance and wholeness. I aim to not only treat, but to also educate on how lifestyle patterns and choices influence your health so you can be empowered and supported to heal. Depending on your individual needs, I offer traditional, scalp, and orthopaedic acu-treatment techniques in combination with other Chinese medicine modalities such as tui-na bodywork, cupping, moxa, gua-sha and nutritional therapy.
I completed my training in Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College in Victoria and am registered in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of BC. In addition, I studied at Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC and spent my first year in practice serving rural communities in Nepal with Acupuncture Relief Project. While in Nepal, I provided over 1000 patient treatments focusing on primary care, management of chronic disease, and orthopaedic acupuncture for an array of injuries, aches and pains. Back on Vancouver Island, I joined a very busy clinic and worked along side a senior practitioner before beginning my own practice.
I have been exploring yoga, meditation, qi gong, herbal medicine and holistic nutrition (basically all things holistic!) formally and informally since my teens. When I was 18, I began practicing a traditional lineage of qi gong under a master who was also a 23rd generation Doctor of Chinese Medicine. This opened my eyes to the beauty and potency of the Chinese Medicine philosophy and its Daoist roots that seek to keep the internal systems of the body harmonized with each other, the individual harmonized with their community and environment, and humans harmonized with nature. Only through harmony can we shine in health.
Prior to working with Chinese Medicine, I completed a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I love to mountain bike, hike and soak up as much of the incredible Vancouver Island nature as I can whenever I am back home.
It can help with
Ancient Wisdom, with a Modern Professional Approach
The process of Chinese medicine involves balancing the organ energy systems of the body. Because we address patterns of disharmony at their root, acupuncture can resolve symptoms before they turn into disease and can treat or manage almost any condition that is non-emergent. In addition, we examine lifestyle, dietary, relational and environmental factors that could be inhibiting your wellbeing.
If too many things are crossing your barriers and boundaries, acupuncture can help sharpen your defenses.
Good digestion is the foundation of health. IBS, Crohns, heart burn and other digestive issues can often be balanced and resolved.
Fatigue & Stress
Good energy reflects good health. If you're dragging yourself through your day, there are likely some imbalances that we can address to give you a boost.
Anxiety and Depression
Are emotional imbalances keeping you from thriving? Acupuncture can access the emotions via the body giving you more inner freedom.
Whether it be acne, period issues, infertility, hot flashes, thyroid issues or other hormonal imbalances, Chinese Medicine is excellent for supporting women at every stage of life by balancing the underlying roots of disharmony.
Pain & Injury
Acupuncture is highly effective at reducing pain related to various causes and systems including musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal or headache.
Acupuncture with food therapy offers a holistic approach that is safe and supportive to your entire being.
What People are Saying
"Sugandhi is a true healer. She has helped me immensely - I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. Sugandhi helped clear my acne and balance my skin, she helped regulate my periods and helped me get pregnant. Sugandhi is helping my body reach optimal health, and most importantly she is helping me to understand, respect and love my body and myself. Not only is she talented but she is such a warm, kind, thoughtful, lovely, knowledgeable and professional individual. I highly recommend seeing her if you are looking to improve your health and wellness in any way!"
— Vanessa L.
Your first appointment is an opportunity to get to know you and understand your health concerns. A longer appointment allows time to assess your current health and take a thorough health history. We will develop an individual treatment plan specific to your needs. Your consultation will include acupuncture and other Chinese Medicine modalities as deemed appropriate for your condition.
Discover How Chinese Medicine can Benefit You!
Initial Acupuncture Consultation
Follow-Up Acupuncture Plus
Acupuncture + Cupping and Chinese Bodywork
A longer appointment allows you more time to unwind. Includes assessment with acupuncture, cupping and Chinese bodywork as indicated by your individual health needs.
Includes check-in assessment and acupuncture treatment.
Facial Rejuvenation allows you to look and feel younger while promoting your overall health. The protocol aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lifts sagging areas and brighten the complexion. Tiny, fine, precision needles cause micro-damage to target areas promoting a healing response, thus increasing collagen production and bringing more blood flow (and oxygen and nutrients!) to the face. By bringing the body's attention to an aging area, we rouse the bodies own ability to restore and regenerate itself. It’s inner anti-aging. As a holistic whole-body treatment, many experience improved sleep, better digestion and elimination, and balanced hormones - all of which contribute to a youthful appearance and energy
For best results, a course of 10 treatments twice a week is recommended.
Look and Feel Younger - Naturally!
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
As I am on sabbatical in India, my Nanaimo practice is closed at present. Follow my adventures on the socials and to get news of reopening or guest appearances.
I am currently available for retreats, treatment tours and locums in British Columbia or locations around the world.
Your Health Starts Here
Based on Central Vancouver Island, BC, Canada