A headshot of Dr. Louise Demorest, a registered acupuncturist and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Meet Dr. Demorest
“I strongly believe in integrative medicine.”
  • Trained in Japan, China and Canada

  • Licensed as an acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Herbalist

  • Specialized training in the treatment of pain conditions

  • Principal investigator for research studies on Chinese medicine and addiction

My practice specializes in pain management, offering exceptional outcomes for a diverse range of conditions such as frozen shoulder, sciatica, and sports injuries.

With extensive years spent studying Chinese medicine in Asia and a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine obtained combines my knowledge and experience to create comprehensive health treatment plans that encompass both Eastern and Western approaches.

My background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology from UBC and years of working in the mental health field, providing me with a profound understanding of Chinese medicine integrated with Western perspectives, allowing me to address the interconnectedness of the mind and body.

Notably, I have played a pivotal role in establishing a groundbreaking acupuncture detox program for individuals battling addiction in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. This highly effective program continues to make a lasting impact today.

I remain a steadfast advocate for TCM locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to her instructional work, she contributes her expertise to the development of TCM policies and practices at an international level, further advancing the field.

Acupuncture for Substance Abuse Treatment in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver
Journal of Urban Health  
A single-blinded, randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for symptomatic therapy of bladder dysfunction in multiple sclerosis.
Proceedings of the American Academy of Neurology 55th Annual Meeting
Alternative Approaches to Detoxification and Treatment
American Journal of Oriental Medicine Vol. 4, No. 9
Understanding the Western medicine scientific mechanisms of pain
A comprehensive 4 day workshop on understanding indigenous issues in healthcare
Chinese medicine treatments for infertility
Understanding complex chronic diseases including long Covid and Central Sensitization
How to support cancer patients with mindfulness practices
Decision making for preparation for end of life care

Interview with
Dr. Demorest

What led you to start your journey in Traditional Chinese Medicine?
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I moved to Japan in 1986 after completing a BA in psychology from UBC. Teaching ESL provided an opportunity to immerse myself in Asian culture, and that's when I began my journey with Traditional Chinese Medicine through the study of Shiatsu massage.

What sparked your fascination with health and healing from a Classical Chinese Medical perspective?
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I was captivated by the Classical Chinese Medical understanding of health and healing. This drove me to further my studies and delve into acupuncture and herbal medicine. What initially started as a hobby soon became my life's calling as I discovered the power of helping people heal naturally on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.

Could you share more about your educational experiences and training in TCM?
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After studying acupuncture and TCM in Guangzhou, China, I returned to Canada to pursue additional studies. Completing my doctorate allowed me to establish my practice in 1994. To expand my expertise, I dedicated myself to extensive postgraduate training in areas such as pain management, addiction treatment, sports medicine, and women's health.

How would you describe your approach to patient care?
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I believe in taking a holistic approach that considers the whole person. By asking a lot of questions, I aim to truly get to know my patients. TCM offers a wide range of tools and therapies, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, massage, cupping, gua sha, dietary advice, and lifestyle counselling. This comprehensive approach enables me to address various aspects of their well-being.

What are the benefits of integrating TCM with Western medical treatments?
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The beauty of TCM is its compatibility with Western medical treatments. By combining the two, patients can receive the best of both worlds. This integration allows for a more comprehensive and tailored approach to their health, utilizing the strengths and benefits of both traditional wisdom and modern medical knowledge.