Hello, my name is Adam Slamang and I am an acupuncturist practicing in the Charlottetown area. It was back in 2012 when I was first introduced to acupuncture when a family friend pulled out a pack of needles and started treating everyone while sitting around having coffee. After that moment it had struck me that this is something I would like to do with my life. The idea was pushed on the back burner while I pursued a career in acting as well as a lifeguard.
How it started
It all came down to a pivotal chat I had with a former owner of a restaurant I once worked at. She asked me what I wanted to do with my life, and I mentioned acupuncture. It was at that time she pushed me to take a more serious approach into this practice and career.
In 2016, I started my training in BC at PCU College of Holistic Medicine where I studied the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) school of acupuncture. My eyes were then opened to what a deep and involved practice TCM truly is. Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM as a medical model involves so much more than just acupuncture including herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice, Cupping, Gua Sha (scrapping), Tui Na (massage). Using these different therapies, I learned to treat a wide variety of illnesses both internal and external. It was at school that I was first introduced to Balance Method Acupuncture and how effective it can be, while different then the acupuncture I was learning in school both where based in the same history and lineage of medicine based in Daoist philosophy. Another classmate and I where both increasingly interested in this alternate style and would attempt to utilize Balance Method ideas in our student clinic to mixed results. Sometimes I would treat a patient to gain amazing instant results where their pain would dissolve to a zero and yet other times almost no change would occur. My classmate and I would try and figure out why this change would be happening and why it seemed so randomly effective, but it wasn’t until after we had both graduated when I was called by my classmate who heard of an opportunity to be a part of the first class of students to learn the entire Balance Method system of acupuncture. It is a diploma program offered by an accredited university and taught by Dr Sonia Tan, one of the few gold level certified practitioners. I was handpicked by Dr Richard Tan – No relation – one of the developers of the method and the person to popularize this style. This was the class where my knowledge was deepened even further, and I was given context to so many of ideas I had learned in school but didn’t fully understand.
I visited a close friend of mine at a time when I had injured my chest in the gym. As she gave me a goodbye hug I groaned in pain and then headed to my car when my phone rang. This friend happened to be Adam’s mother and Adam was visiting her that day. She said that Adam would like me to come back in so he could treat me.
When Adam examined me, he touched a spot on my chest and if my friend hadn’t caught me I would have fallen backward because of the pain. Adam then did a very simple treatment with two needles in one of my wrists. He touched the spot again and the pain was simply gone. That’s not to say that I was complete back to normal because there was still weakness. But I was amazed.
Because of this experience I went to the clinic in Vancouver and was treated by his mentor for another injury with the same successful results. Acupuncture was not on my radar until that first visit and now I’m a convert.
Vancouver’s loss is Charlottetown’s gain.
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