Acupuncturist Zea Friesen speaking in Creston library health series

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Creston acupuncturist Zea Friesen.

Creston acupuncturist Zea Friesen.

Continuing its Healthy You, Healthy Community complementary health care speaker series, the Creston Valley Public Library presents “Introduction to Acupuncture” with registered acupuncturist Zea Friesen at 7 p.m. April 14.

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. These pathways may become blocked or imbalanced and pain, illness and disease may be the result. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence energy pathways and help them flow back into balance through the stimulation of specific points along the skin of the body using very thin needles. Acupuncture therapy has been known to be successful for people experiencing chronic pain, allergies, arthritis, headaches and migraines, and more.

In this talk at the library, local Friesen will be discussing the ABCs of acupuncture: What it is, how it works, what the benefits are and more. If you are curious about learning more about acupuncture or thinking about trying it, this talk is for you.

Friesen is a registered acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. She completed her training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine herbology at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson. Co-founder of the Nelson Community Acupuncture Clinic, Friesen now runs a full-time practice in Creston at Sakura-ji.

The Healthy You, Healthy Community complementary health care speaker series is presented by the Creston Valley Public Library, designed to enlighten and initiate one in lesser-known health practices. The series focuses on naturopathic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and other modalities that can become integral parts of your health care regimen.

Introduction to Acupuncture will take place at the Creston Valley Public Library (rear entrance). The talk is free of charge and suitable for all ages. For more information, contact the library at 250-428-4141.

—CRESTON VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY