Therapy & Mobility

Traditional Chinese Medicine

It is estimated that 25% of the world's population makes use of TCM therapies, making it and Western medicine the two dominant medical systems in the world today. Chinese medicine - which includes therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine - is a complete medical system, with methods and treatments that can address the full range of disease: acute and chronic, traumatic, infectious, and internally generated. TCM at Health Sciences Lab is provided by Dr. Brad Matthews, who has specialized training and certification in pain management.


Dr. Brad Matthews operates the North Vancouver Pain Clinic at Health Sciences Lab. Dr. Brad uses acupuncture as one of his main therapeutic methods in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, and sports injuries. The reason he relies so heavily on acupuncture is because it is a time-tested, safe, all-natural, drug-free and extremely effective treatment for pain of all types.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Like acupuncture, herbal medicine has been used safely for thousands of years in China, and by billions of people worldwide! Chinese herbal medicine is a very potent therapy that can be used alone, or in combination with acupuncture to prolong the effects of the acupuncture treatment. TCM herbs can be used in combination with most Western medications, though to ensure safety they should only be prescribed by a professional, competent practitioner that is a registrant of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC ( For convenience, safety, and quality reasons, we use only herbal granules (not raw herbs) that have been screened for heavy metals, moulds, and other contaminants, and are of the highest available quality. The herbs are available in powdered form (sachets), capsules, and tablets. We do not use nor condone the use of endangered animal products of any kind.

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